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 and know how to gently remove moles without causing scarring.
Is it a mole or something else?
The best treatment may be no treatment at all. True moles are harmless. However, a patient may want to remove a harmless mole if it’s large, in a prominent place, or if the mole rubs against clothing or razors while shaving.
The team also understands moles can be alarming, because they often resemble other conditions. Seborrheic keratosis, for example, is a noncancerous growth, while melanoma skin cancers can also look like moles. In the rare event that your mole is cancerous, swift treatment is necessary. Telltale signs include:
- Sudden itching
- A mole that crusts over
What treatment is best for you?
By getting to know the true nature of your concerning spot, the skilled doctors will develop an appropriate treatment plan. Other factors that can play a role in how they remove your growth include the size of the mole and its location on your face or body.
While surgical removal of a mole is standard, the dermatology team offers several other options to suit each patient’s needs and preferences for treatment. Some smaller moles may be shaved off. Alternately, noninvasive techniques such as the use of medical lasers, or freezing or heating the growth with cryosurgery or cauterization may be used. These techniques are generally associated with a gentle experience and minimal risks of unwanted effects such as pain at the treatment site.
The doctors ensure your comfort during mole removal with numbing medications. While stitches aren’t always required, the professionals have the surgical expertise to repair the treated area in a way that reminders of the mole, such as scars, won’t linger.
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.