Moles & Skin Growths in Naperville, IL

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Most of us have a mole of some type somewhere on our bodies. Moles result from a cluster of colored skin cells. Sometimes they look like light-colored freckles that may darken in the summer months. Moles can be light tan, brown, pink, or black for some, depending on skin tone, or appear independently or in groups. During your consultation at Oak Dermatology, located in Naperville, Itasca, and Joliet, IL, we will evaluate, measure, and record the dimensions, shape, and arrangement of moles on your body to ensure they are safe and not changing or becoming cancerous. Moles can be flat with the skin or appear as a round bump. If you feel unsure about the health of a mole on your body, please seek a professional — particularly when one begins to change in shape or size, or starts to itch or bleed. We also can remove birthmarks on the skin.

Most moles are harmless and don't need treatment unless they're questionable, cause discomfort, or become cancerous. In these situations, a member of our experienced team may need to remove the mole. During surgical excision, the area around the mole is numbed. Using a scalpel or comparable tool, the mole and some of the surrounding skin may be removed. The resulting wound is then closed with stitches. If the mole is at surface level with the skin, we might use the surgical shaving method to shave the mole off. Stitches are not required with this procedure.

In some cases, we may perform CO2 laser resurfacing to improve any resulting wounds after removal. The heat from the laser destroys remnants of the mole deep into the skin and stimulates new collagen growth, which allows the skin to heal faster and become smoother.

My 13yo son and I both visited Oak and Dr Hsu was amazing!! It was our first visit to Oak. My son has a few moles that I wanted looked at and I wanted a body scan to be safe. I am so glad to have found a great local Dermatologist!!

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My 13yo son and I both visited Oak and Dr Hsu was amazing!! It was our first visit to Oak. My son has a few moles that I wanted looked at and I wanted a body scan to be safe. I am so glad to have found a great local Dermatologist!!

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Having warts removed, Kind, Curtis, very respectfully of my needs, awesome visit

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What Are the Signs of Potentially Dangerous Moles or Skin Growths?

Dr. Al-Hadidi recommends that patients watch for any changes and get mole checks on a regular basis. By remembering the ABCDE test to ascertain if a mole might be cancerous, you can easily understand what to search for. Your mole could be cancerous if these characteristics exhibit are present:

  • Asymmetrical: They are not even or equal in dimensions if cut in half.
  • Borders: They have irregular or scalloped borders.
  • Color: They begin to change color or have an abnormal color.
  • Diameter: They are bigger than 6 millimeters in diameter.
  • Evolves: They start to change in size, height, or shape.
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Whether you have moles that are unattractive or bothersome or one that is strange in appearance (which could potentially be a sign of melanoma), we encourage you to call Oak Dermatology to discuss your treatment options. Our dermatologists at our Naperville, Joliet, and Itasca, IL offices specialize in examining moles and distinguishing those that are harmless from cancerous ones. If we suspect a mole may be harmful, we will help you select the next approach for your treatment. We are committed to providing you with the exceptional care that you deserve.

How often should I get my moles checked?

We recommend regular mole checks to monitor any changes in size, color, or shape. The frequency of these checks can depend on various factors such as your age, family history of skin cancer, and personal medical history. During your consultation at one of our offices, our team will provide personalized recommendations on how often you should come in for evaluations.

Can I expect scarring after mole removal?

While our team at Oak Dermatology aims to minimize scarring, some form of scarring is always a possibility after mole removal. In some instances, we can employ CO2 laser resurfacing post-removal to improve the appearance of any resulting wounds. This technique promotes new collagen growth and allows the skin to heal faster and more smoothly, potentially reducing the visibility of scars.

Is it possible for a removed mole to return?

In most cases, a mole that has been surgically removed does not return. However, there's a slight possibility that some mole cells were missed during the removal, and the mole could regrow. If you notice any changes in the area where the mole was removed, it's important to consult with our expert dermatologists for an evaluation.

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