Mole Removal in Seattle, WA
I was very pleased to have their office accommodate me since I was a new patient and got to see the doctor that week once I had my referral. Staff is awesome. Dr. Wu gave me the correct cream to heal my eczema and within two days my skin was back to normal. I would recommend this office to anyone who has skin issues. – JULIE B. M.
Moles can be a source of embarrassment or discomfort for those affected, and at times they can be as serious as cancer. At North Sound Dermatology, our skillful providers offer mole removal procedures for patients in Seattle, Everett, and the surrounding areas.
What is a Mole?
A mole is a skin growth that develops with the skin’s pigment cells growing in a clustered configuration. They are identifiable by their brownish color, and are typically about the size of a pencil eraser. Moles are generally harmless, but in rare cases, some can be cancerous. Most people elect to get moles removed for cosmetic reasons, but if there is any concern that a mole could be cancerous it should be looked at immediately. In either case, you should never remove a mole yourself.
What is a Cancerous Mole?
A mole has to be evaluated to determine if it’s cancerous. If it changes in shape or color over time, it’s recommended to get it evaluated. Additionally, if it is asymmetrical or has a large size, it’s a safe bet to get it evaluated.
How is a Mole Removed?
One of the most effective ways to remove a cancerous mole is called Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery ensures all the cancerous cells are removed while ensuring that as much healthy skin is preserved as possible. Dr. Schmidt is one of the only fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgeons in our county that has extensive training in the procedure. Non-cancerous moles can be removed using cautery (burning them off) or cryosurgery (freezing them with liquid nitrogen). Both are done with local anesthetics to prevent any discomfort.
If you are concerned you have a cancerous mole, it is better to get it looked at sooner than later. For all types of moles, contact us to schedule a consultation. Also, learn more about our insurance policy. We proudly serve patients in Seattle, Everett, and the surrounding communities.