LYNCHBURG, VA, July 16, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Moles can come in all shapes and sizes -- and some of them can be hazardous to your health. That's because some moles can contain cancerous or pre-cancerous cells. Whether you are concerned about a mole or simply desire its removal for cosmetic purposes, Dr. Kappa Meadows and Dr. Soni Carlton can help at their Lynchburg, VA dermatologists' office.
"While most moles are not a health risk, they could be an annoyance that always bothered a person about his or her appearance," Dr. Meadows, a Lynchburg dermatologist, explains. "I can work to remove the mole causing minimal damage to the surrounding skin."
On average, a person has 15 to 20 moles, most of which are harmless and do not need removal unless it is the person's preference, according to Columbia University. Some patients request mole removal for cosmetic purposes or because a mole is in a bothersome area where clothing rubs against.
The process to remove a mole depends upon its appearance, texture and reason the mole is being removed, according to Dr. Carlton. For example, Dr. Carlton removes an elevated mole differently than one that is flush or flat with the skin. Elevated moles are typically removed with a surgical shave that involves using a surgical blade to remove the mole. A surgical excision for flat moles involves cutting the mole out with a scalpel or other tool. This method often involves one or more stitches to promote healing and minimize bleeding.
Moles do need to be removed when they contain cancerous cells, such as melanoma. This cancer type affects the melanocytes or pigmented skin cells. Melanoma can be a deadly cancer, and early detection is vital. If Dr. Carlton or Meadows suspect your mole may be cancerous, they will remove a portion or all of the mole to test it for skin cancer's presence. If melanoma is present, a portion around the mole may need to be removed to ensure the cancerous cells are completely gone.
Some signs a mole may need to be removed include is if it bleeds or changes suddenly in color, shape or size. Seeing Dr. Meadows or Dr. Carlton for regular skin check-ups can ensure a mole is not developing dangerously.
"Our patients should also regularly examine their skin for signs of new or changing moles," Dr. Carlton explains. "These exams can be a life-saving intervention."
To learn more about skin mole treatments at the Lynchburg, VA dermatologists' office of Dr. Kappa Meadows and Dr. Soni Carlton, please call (434) 837-6132. To learn about additional services offered at their office or to make an online appointment request, please visit their website at www.DermConsultant.com
About Dr. Kappa Meadows and Dr. Soni Carlton:
Dr. Meadows is a board-certified dermatologist who earned her undergraduate degree from Davidson College and her MD degree from the Medical College of Georgia. After completing her internship and residency at the University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals, she served as a research Fellow on the university's faculty. She has practiced general dermatology at Dermatology Consultants since 2000. Dr. Carlton is a board-certified dermatologist who earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa and her MD degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center. She completed her internship and residency from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She has practiced at Dermatology Consultants since 2002.
Dr. Kappa Meadows
Dr. Soni Carlton
1330 Oak Lane, Suite 101
Lynchburg, VA 24503
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