Dr. Donald Burt -- an ear, nose, and throat specialist -- has a well-earned reputation among his patients and colleagues for safe, efficient, minimally invasive surgical corrections, including the removal of suspicious moles. Patients in Gilroy, California, may also elect to have moles removed for cosmetic reasons or because they rub against jewelry or clothing, causing discomfort. Contact Dr. Burt’s office to have offending moles examined and possibly removed. Call for an appointment or use the online booking agent.
A mole is a skin growth comprised of pigment-containing cells. You can develop a mole anywhere. Moles are usually brown, but may also take on a blue, black, or skin-colored tone. The vast majority of moles are harmless. You typically develop moles before age 20.
You may not like the look of a mole that’s on your face or neck. Some moles are in locations that make them get caught on clothes or jewelry, which is annoying and slightly painful.
Dr. Burt or a dermatologist may identify a mole that looks different than other moles on your body. He may order a biopsy, during which he removes the mole and sends to it a lab to check for skin cancer.
Dr. Burt uses several different methods to remove a mole. Which one he chooses depends on its location and whether he plans to send the mole off to a lab.
One option is to shave the mole off to even out the surface of your skin. Some moles have cells that penetrate under the skin, so Dr. Burt might need to make a deeper cut to remove it entirely and deter it from returning.
Freezing a mole involves spraying or swabbing liquid nitrogen on the mole. This process leaves a small blister that heals on its own.
Dr. Burt may also burn off the mole using an electric current that passes through a wire. The heated wire burns off the upper layers of the skin.
In some cases, more than one method is necessary to remove a mole entirely. Dr. Burt makes every effort to make the procedure as painless as possible, but sometimes you feel discomfort or pain. Mole removal can result in bleeding. Deeper incisions sometimes leave a minor scar.
A common mole typically does not grow back. If the mole is cancerous, the cells may regenerate and return. Keep your eye on the area and contact Dr. Burt if you see anything suspicious.
Do not try to remove moles on your own at home. This DIY doctoring can cause bleeding and doesn’t give the doctor a chance to evaluate whether the mole is cancerous.
To have your moles examined, call Dr. Burt’s office for an appointment or use the online booking agent.