Moles are often classified as small brown marks on the skin. They may be raised, flat, smooth, wrinkled, oval or round. Cancerous moles are usually abnormal and may change in shape, size, color or elevation. If you notice an abnormal mole or experience painful, bleeding, oozing, itchy or burning moles, see a doctor immediately.
Who Treats Moles?
A dermatologist is the most common source for medical advice and treatment pertaining to moles. A family physician or oncologist may also diagnose and/or treat moles. The physician may take a sample of the mole for a pathologist who will determine if the mole is cancerous.
References are a great way to hear about a good doctor. You may have a friend or family member who had a positive experience with a certain doctor and highly recommends him or her for treating moles or other skin conditions.
Some doctors will make before and after photographs available to prospective patients.
Price and Payment
Some clinics have financing plans to help patients pay for treatment such as the removal of a mole. Insurance may cover mole removal if the mole is cancerous or if the mole is being tested for cancer, although this may vary. Moles being removed for cosmetic purposes are usually not covered by insurance. It never hurts to ask about financing or payment plans if this is something that interests you.
The dermatologist or doctor you choose should be licensed and certified to perform treatment. You can check with your state's Medical Licensing Board for more information about licensing and credentials. Do not receive treatment from an unlicensed and/or unqualified individual.
Make sure that you develop a good rapport with the physician and that you feel comfortable discussing your moles and other skin conditions with him or her. Skin cancer, and checking for skin cancer, is a serious matter and you should develop an open communication with your doctor.
Lastly, the clinic should be well-equipped with safe equipment and tools. If you are having a mole removed, the equipment and tools used should be safe and proven to be effective. The clinic and tools should also be clean and hygienic.