Moles and skin tags are usually benign, or noncancerous, but are sometimes unaesthetic or suspicious looking. When you need a mole checked out or removed, consult the team of doctors at Internal Medicine of Greater New Haven. With an emphasis on prevention, they can help identify moles that could be precancerous and treat them. If you live in Hamden, Connecticut, or the surrounding area, call the office or use the online booking agent to schedule a skin check today.
Moles usually appear in your first 25 years of life — and you may acquire 10-40 by adulthood. They’re the result of cells in the skin growing in a cluster. Usually, they’re brown or black, but may darken some due to hormones produced during adolescence and pregnancy and after sun exposure.
Skin tags are small collections of skin, or flaps, that dangle. You may have them on your neck, chest, back, or armpits. They aren’t painful or dangerous, but can be irritating.
Most moles are entirely natural and only need to be removed if you don't like their location, or they are raised and rub against clothing or get caught on jewelry. They stay the same shape, diameter, and color for years.
Bring any moles to the doctor’s attention that are asymmetrical, larger than a pencil eraser in diameter, or changing shape or size. If you have a mole that bleeds or is crusty, you should also have it checked out. Moles that have reddish, pinkish, or bluish hues are also of concern.
At Internal Medicine of Greater New Haven, Dr. Roman Khodzinsky can do a skin check to find any irregular moles, examine suspicious moles, and determine if they need to be removed and sent for biopsy to check for cancer cells.
If Dr. Khodzinsky thinks a mole needs to be further examined, he’ll remove it completely using a scalpel and send it to a laboratory for analysis. If it does turn out to be cancerous, he’ll remove the entire mole and scar from the biopsy site and also remove some normal tissue to ensure he gets all the cancer cells.
Having skin tags removed is usually a personal decision. If you don’t like the way they look or they irritate you when they catch on clothing, you may choose to have them removed too. Dr. Khodzinsky may freeze off skin tags or cut them off with a scalpel.
If you have a mole or skin tag that’s irritating or suspicious, call today for an appointment to have it checked and possibly removed.