Houston Mole Specialists
What Is A Mole?
Moles are dark, flesh-colored growths that occur when pigment forming cells are produced in a cluster. While most are benign, moles that become raised or change color over time can be early indicators of a dangerous form of skin cancer called melanoma.
Our dermatologists can remove unwanted moles throughout your body as well as monitor the appearance of existing moles to detect cancer in it’s earliest stages.
Why Are Moles Potentially Dangerous?
Although moles are usually harmless, they can turn into the most dangerous form of skin cancer: melanoma.
Melanoma develops when melanocytes start to grow out of control. As a result, cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer, and can spread to other areas of the body.
Melanoma is much less common than some other types of skin cancer. Melanoma is more dangerous because it’s much more likely to spread to other parts of the body if not caught and treated early.
Dr. Fakhouri performs full body skin checks and if there is concern a biopsy may be performed.
Concerning moles? Visit us at Skin Cancer Specialists.
What Are The Different Types Of Moles?
There are two main types of moles as follows:
- Common moles are benign non-cancerous growths that do not spread or grow deeper into the skin.
- Atypical moles, on the other hand, have a slightly higher risk of melanoma. It’s important to have any new or changing moles checked out by a dermatologist right away
Moles are also classified by their location on the body.
Common types include:
- Congenital Nevi: These are moles that are present at birth or develop during the first few years of life.
- Dysplastic Nevi: Dysplastic nevi are larger than average moles and have an irregular shape with a ragged border. They are more likely to develop into melanoma.
- Acquired Mole: Acquired nevi are moles that develop after birth. Most people have between 10 and 40 of these moles.
- Spitz Nevus: Spitz nevi are pink raised moles that have a dome shaped. They usually develop in children and young adults.
If you have noticed any changes in moles on your body, it’s important to consult with a dermatologist. They will be able to assess the mole and determine if it’s benign or atypical.
How To Tell If A Mole Is Cancerous
There are a few warning signs that a mole may be cancerous. If you notice any of the following, please consult with a dermatologist right away.
This ABCDE guide can help you remember what to watch for:
- A is for asymmetrical shape. One half is unlike the other half.
- B is for borders. Look for moles with irregular, notched or scalloped borders.
- C is for color. Look for growths that have changed color, have many colors or have uneven color.
- D is for diameter. Look for new growth in a mole larger than ¼ inch (about 6 millimeters)
- E is for evolving. Watch for moles that change in size, shape, color or height. Moles may also evolve to develop new signs and symptoms, such as itchiness or bleeding.
When Should You See A Dermatologist For A Mole?
Although mole growth is normal, you should see a dermatologist if:
- You have more than 50 moles.
- You have a family history of skin cancer.
- You have moles that are large, irregular in shape, and/or multiple colors.
- You notice any changes in your moles, such as bleeding, itching, or new growth.
Early detection is key when it comes to skin cancer, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment with a dermatologist today in any of our locations in Sugar Land, Conroe, Katy, and Houston, Texas.
Skin Cancer Specialists will help you remove your unwanted moles.
How Are Moles Removed?
If you have a mole that you would like to remove for cosmetic reasons, our dermatologists can help.
We offer a variety of mole removal options, including:
- Shaving: This is a quick and easy option that can be done in the office. The dermatologist will numb the area and then use a sharp razor to remove the mole.
- Excision: This involves cutting out the mole with a scalpel and stitching the skin closed. This is usually done for larger moles.
How Much Does Mole Removal Cost?
The cost of mole removal will vary depending on the type of mole, size and location of the mole, and the removal method. Visit our locations in Sugar Land, Conroe, Katy, and Houston, Texas to begin investing in yourself. Take advantage of our professionals’ services today and call our office for treatment options!
Highly-trained skin experts
The skin is a sensitive part of the body that should only be taken care of by the best mole specialists in your area. Dr. Fakhouri team is composed of a group of highly-skilled professionals who know how to remove moles with years of proven practice.
Wherever you are, we have convenient locations in Sugar Land, Conroe, Katy, and Houston, Texas.
Full body skin check
Mole removal is not just a cosmetic procedure. Skin Cancer Specialists understand that mole removal is more than getting rid of moles but also an important way to prevent other conditions, such as skin cancer. The goal is to detect skin cancer early to prevent issues in the future.
Your mole removal journey doesn’t end after the treatment. Skin Cancer Specialists is here to guide you through the healing period.
Contact Skin Cancer Specialists for your dermatological needs.
What To Expect After Mole Removal
After your mole is removed, you will likely have some bruising, swelling, and redness. This is normal and will resolve on its own within a few days. You may also have a small scar where the mole was removed. Our team will give you specific instructions on how to care for your wound. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities the day after mole removal. However, you should avoid strenuous activity for at least a week. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team is here to help you through every step of the process. Schedule an appointment with us in any of our locations in Sugar Land, Conroe, Katy, and Houston, Texas.
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"Thank you Dr. Fakhouri and staff for your gentle care in removing a questionable mole. It was a quick and painless procedure, thank you!"
"Very nice clean and modern office. Everything about their systems and even checkin is smooth and intuitive. Both the NP (or PA? She told me but I forgot) and Dr Fakhouri were very kind and friendly, listened to all my concerns and made me feel comfortable despite freaking myself out after googling about a suspicious mole (I know, I know lol) it turned out to be nothing but I'm glad I had it checked out."
"I loved seeing Dr. Fakhouri at Advanced Dermatology and am very pleased with my results. He removed a mole on my chin and due to the difficult location I was concerned with scaring. He made me feel at ease with the procedure and walked me through every step. His staff is also awesome! Every nurse I saw was kind and informative by taking their time going over instructions post surgery. Dr. Fakhouri was also on time to all my appointments. Love that! Would recommend to family and friends."
"Dr. Fakhouri was outstanding in both explaining the procedures that had to be performed and executing the procedures."
"Dr Tarek Fakhouri and his wonderful staff helped save my life with their exceptional skills and care that is compassionate and personalized."
"Best dermatologist I have ever had. Dr. Fakhouri is thorough and careful...thoughtful in his manner, and achieved outstanding results for me."
"I have nothing but positive things to say about Dr. Fakhouri both as a surgeon and his practice. His staff were kind, helpful, and efficient..."
"From the front desk staff to his nursing, support staff....everyone was awesome. If you need a Dermatologist that is a Mohs surgeon, look no further."
"Fakhouri is a skilled surgeon. He and his assistant Kelly, along with the rest of the staff make each visit as warm and friendly as it can be."
"...I would like to thank all of his staff and especially Dr. Fakhouri himself. For what it was it could not have been a better experience. THANK YOU ALL!!!!!!"
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