Moles and Wart Excision in California
Moles & Birthmarks
Moles and other birthmarks are benign pigmented spots or patches of skin that range in color from tan, brown, and black (moles) to red, pink, or purple (vascular lesions, such as strawberry hemangiomas or port wine stains). Though most birthmarks are harmless, they may develop into cancer. Moles exhibiting any of the following warning signs should be examined by a professional immediately:
- Larger than six millimeters.
- Itches or bleeds.
- Rapidly changes in color, size, or shape.
- Have multiple colors.
- Is located where it can’t be easily monitored, such as on the scalp.
Depending on their depth, location, and color, as well as the patient’s skin type, age, and other factors, treatment for benign but unattractive birthmarks may take the form of laser or pulsed light therapy, microdermabrasion, or surgical excision.
Warts are skin growths caused by viruses. Different warts respond to different treatments. Some disappear on their own. Salicylic acid products (in the form of drops, gels, pads, and bandages) can help self-treatment of many warts by dissolving the keratin protein that makes up the wart and the dead skin above it. Others can be removed via liquid nitrogen freezing or electrical stimulation. Surgery may be recommended for painful or large warts that do not respond to these treatments.