Moles can be uncomfortable for some to look at, but most of them are benign. Sometimes, however, a mole can point to another condition. If you have a mole that you would like examined, visit Dr. W Trent Massengale and Dr. Joshua Pitre, who serve the Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA areas at Atlas Dermatology.
How do you know you need a mole evaluated?
Since most moles are benign, a simple glance at the moles on your skin will give you enough information concerning your skin health. Catching growths early offer a better prognosis than waiting. Still, there a few things that you have to keep in mind when examining your skin:
The borders of your moles should be mostly smooth and even.
Your mole may start out looking benign but begins to look lopsided or otherwise uneven.
A malignant mole may turn darker in color.
Any moles that change drastically may warrant further inspection. These changes can be height, depth, color, or even sensations.
Most moles will stay relatively the same in size, but malignant growths will begin to get larger, sometimes rather quickly.
Another way to determine if your mole needs further examination is if it is very different than other moles that are on your body. If you find a mole that is larger, darker, more painful or has characteristics that your other moles don’t, it would be a good idea to visit your dermatologist for a mole evaluation.
Good skin health begins with skincare with your type in mind and responding to its needs. Make an appointment with Dr. Massengale and Dr. Pitre in Prairieville, LA and Baton Rouge, LA, at (225) 313-4560 to have your moles evaluated. We at Atlas Dermatology look forward to seeing you.