Is This a Birthmark or a Mole?

The skin goes through many changes over the years. However, some patients are not quite sure whether or not certain skin growths should be of concern. Patients in the area of South Florida who are exposed to sunlight may worry about certain skin growths, tags, and moles that may be an indication of skin cancer. One common misconception is that a mole is a birthmark. Moles and birthmarks are not necessarily one in the same, but they can be easily confused as a mole can be present at birth. Some doctors do consider a mole as a “beauty mark” as it is a pigmentated area. However, birthmarks are flat and located on the surface of the skin, while a mole will protrude above the skin. Additionally, there are many different birthmark types. The best way to determine which is present on your skin is to make an appointment with a doctor at Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists.

Should I be concerned about my mole?

It is not uncommon for patients to have moles on their skin that never develop into skin cancer. Regardless, it is still important for patients to be familiar with the moles on their body. If changes occur in the shape, size, color, or overall behavior of the mole, it may be time to get it checked out by a medical professional. In fact, the team at Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists encourage patients to book routine, annual skin cancer screenings to check their body from head to toe for any signs of potential skin cancer. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment will provide patients with the best results.

What can be done about my birthmark?

In most cases, patients will leave their birthmarks alone. Some birthmarks, however, may be highly visible and cause embarrassment for patients. Our team may recommend considering laser therapies to help reduce the appearance of common birthmarks that may appear on the face, arms, and legs. We encourage patients to talk to their dermatologist about their birthmark to determine if it is can be treated with one of today’s revolutionary treatment options.

Learn more about skin growths and identification

If you are concerned about areas of the skin, it is important that you speak to a dermatologist who can answer your questions and help put you at ease. Call Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists today to book an appointment at one of our seven conveniently located practices.

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