Moles happen to people of all ages and skin tones. At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to assisting patients in the Centreville area with their skin care concerns. Some are worried because the mole is new or has changed in appearance. Others feel self-conscious due to the appearance and location of the mole. The internet has a wide array of “home remedies” to try to get rid of your mole. However, only trained dermatologists know how to safely and effectively get rid of skin moles. With skin cancer being the most prevalent form of cancer, moles should not be handled at home.
If a patient calls with worries about their moles, the first step is an initial consultation. During this visit, our experienced dermatologists evaluate any growths on your skin, from cysts to moles. If there are any suspicious moles, we will schedule and perform a biopsy. If we determine during the consult that a mole needs removed for cosmetic purposes, we will move forward with the removal.
Methods used for mole removal:
- Excision: If a biopsy of a mole is needed, this is the method used. A local anesthetic is used, then the mole is removed. Stitches may be necessary.
- Shave removal: Also called curettage. The mole is shaved down.
- Cryosurgery: Liquid nitrogen freezes and eliminates the mole. This method has little to no scarring.
- Electrocautery: Skin is numbed with anesthetic and heat is applied to the mole using electric current.
If you are interested in learning more about the services and treatments we offer, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. Our Centreville location can be reached at (703) 222-2773 and is conveniently located in Suite #301 at 13880 Braddock Road. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.