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Moles are spots on your skin that may be flesh-colored, pink, tank, brown, black or other colors. Moles are common. In fact, almost every adult has a few of them. Adults with light skin may have as many as 40 moles on their skin, which is normal.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “most moles appear on the skin during childhood and adolescence. Moles will grow as the child or teen grows. Some will darken and others will lighten. These changes are expected and seldom a sign of melanoma.” However, for adults, new moles and changes to existing moles can be a sign of melanoma. Caught early, melanoma is highly treatable.

The Treatment

While most moles do not require treatment, The Art of Skin Dermatology will remove it if it is uncomfortable, unattractive or suspicious (could be skin cancer) using the following moles treatment:

  • Mole removala procedure performed by either shave removal or surgical excision

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Brown Spot Removal

Age spots—also known as sunspots or liver spots—are small, flat brown, gray or black spots on the skin. They vary in size and usually appear on areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Age spots occur when the top surface layer of skin expands with more pigment and develops what looks like a large freckle. An age spot may appear by itself, or a few may be clustered together.

According to the American Academy of Dermatologic Surgery, “Some people have a hereditary predisposition to age spots. Age spots may develop at an early age, even in childhood, though they are more common in older people, especially in those who have spent too much time in the sun.”

Age spots are not cancerous growths, but indicate that the sun has received a lot of sun exposure and are an attempt to protect itself from more sun damage.

Dysplastic Nevi

Dysplastic nevi, also known as atypical moles, are a unique type of mole that falls between common moles and melanoma on the spectrum of skin conditions. While they are benign, they exhibit characteristics similar to malignant melanomas. Although most atypical moles do not pose a health risk, it is crucial to undergo proper screening and early diagnosis to detect and treat skin cancer effectively. For all your mole-related concerns and Gainesville dermatology needs, contact The Art of Skin Dermatology

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