Mole Removal in Charlotte, NC Darst Dermatology offers personalized mole removal in Charlotte, Matthews, and the surrounding North Carolina communities. What Is a Mole? All adults have a few moles, but if you have fair skin, you’re more likely to have them. In fact, you may have dozens spread across your body. Moles result from a high concentration of melanin, a dark brown pigment that can occur on your skin, hair, and eyes. For the most part, moles are harmless. However, if you notice changes in a mole, you should have Dr. Darst examine it immediately. That’s because atypical moles can be a precursor to melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer. You should make an appointment with Dr. Darst if you have moles that have any of the following characteristics: Larger than a pencil eraser Oddly shaped and not symmetrical Include more than one color Are different from other moles on your body Don’t ever try to remove a mole yourself. Not only could you damage your skin or cause an infection, but if the mole is cancerous, a doctor needs to provide care to ensure the cancer cells don’t spread. How Are Moles Removed? Dr. Darst removes moles during a simple office visit. He will use one of these techniques: Surgical shave biopsy: After your skin is numbed, Dr. Darst uses a surgical blade to scrape the mole away. These don’t usually require stitches, and the mole will be sent to the laboratory and tested for cancer following this procedure. Surgical excision: Dr. Darst numbs your skin and cuts out the entire mole and stitches the skin closed. The mole will be sent to a lab for further testing to determine if cancer cells are present. Dr. Darst, a board-certified dermatologist, offers expert mole removal to residents of Charlotte, Matthews, and other Metrolina communities in North Carolina. Schedule a consultation today by calling 704-321-3376. Darst Dermatology is conveniently located at 11301 Golf Links Drive North, Charlotte, NC 28277.