What Are Moles and Growths?
Types of Growths
Birthmarks and moles that form can be classified into one of the following groups:
- Atypical mole: irregular color and undefined borders
- Cafe-au-lait spot: light-brown patch
- Congenital mole: dark and irregularly shaped
- Hemangioma: reddish-purple patch or raised dots
- Mongolian spot: flat, bluish and irregularly shaped
- Port-wine stain: dark red and flat
- Salmon patch: reddish patch, usually on the upper eyelid
Schedule a Consultation
If you are concerned about a growth or want to remove it for cosmetic reasons Dr. Khatri can help. Contact us today at (617) 381-1717 or send us a message below to schedule a consultation.
Mole / Growth Removal Before & After
If you are uncertain about the appearance of a growth Dr. Khatri can perform an examination of the skin. He will determine if it should be immediately removed or monitored moving forward. Most moles and birthmarks are harmless. However, some atypical moles have the potential to be or become malignant. Moles should be examined if they are larger than 6 millimeters, itching, bleeding, changing color, or changing in size and shape. Additionally, moles in difficult areas, such as the scalp, should be monitored as patients do not see them every day. If your mole is atypical Dr. Khatri will discuss your treatment options with you.
Risks Factors That Lead to Melanoma
Patients that have the following can be at an increased risk for skin cancer.
- Excessive UV-radiation exposure from the sun or tanning beds
- Fair skin
- Family history of melanoma
- Having several moles or unusually shaped moles
- History of sunburn
- Living close to the equator or at higher elevations
- Weakened immune system
Mole and Growth Treatment
Whether growth is benign or cancerous it can be removed with surgery, cryotherapy, or lasers. The chosen treatment option and the need for anesthesia will depend on growth size. For example, the smaller the growth the less likely anesthesia is needed. Dr. Khatri commonly uses a unique laser device called DermaSculpt™ that has a very tiny laser beam. It can remove very small and minute growths without causing any peripheral damage. Additionally, Dr. Khatri can remove moles and birthmarks for simply cosmetic reasons. At Skin & Laser Surgery Center of New England, Dr. Khatri typically chooses a combination of treatment methods in order to achieve the best results.