Moles & Growth Removal
Dermatologist Serving the Greater LA Area
If you have a skin condition that needs Medical attention, you’re
in good hands at the office of Lisa Benest, MD, Medical & Cosmetic
Dermatology, located in the Greater Los Angeles area. Our experienced,
Board Certified and highly trained Dermatologists can help you with Mole
Removal, Rosacea, Acne, Skin Cancer Screenings and all of your Skin Care needs.
What Is a Mole?
Moles are made up of small clusters of pigmented skin cells. Moles can
be present at birth or may form throughout one’s life. Moles can
appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. They are usually brown
in color and can be various sizes and shapes.
An annual mole examination is recommended to check for any abnormalities,
precancerous or cancerous lesions. Any changes in the moles should be
reported. Watch for changes in the size or color, sudden ulceration, bleeding,
or itching in the mole. There are many different types of painless mole
and growth removal. The doctor will determine which method will give you
the best Cosmetic results.
How Do I Recognize Abnormalities in a Mole?
Remember the ABCDE's in examining the changes in your mole:
A: Asymmetry, when one half of the mole doesn't match the other half.
B: Border, when the border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred or irregular
C: Color, when the color of the mole is not the same throughout especially if it
has unusual shades such as, black, red, white or blue.
D: Diameter, if the diameter of a mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil.
E: Evolves, the mole evolves, grows or changes in any way.
If a mole displays one or more of these signs, it should be checked as
soon as possible by a Dermatologist.
Other Growths and Lumps
One very common growth that we see in Dermatology is called an
Epidermal Cyst. This is a benign bump that gradually enlarges and is most commonly located
on the scalp, neck, face and trunk. Unlike an acne cyst, this growth will
not resolve with a cortisone injection and must be removed surgically,
if so desired.
An epidermal cyst begins when the pore is blocked by dead skin cells. As
a result, the natural shedding of skin cells and oil is interrupted, and
instead builds up in the pore. Eventually, the pore balloons out, and
continues to grow as further skin cells and oil become trapped. You can
usually see the opening, which looks like a blackhead, in the center.
In the beginning, you may be able to squeeze out the contents and relieve
some of the pressure. But eventually this will no longer work. Occasionally
the cyst ruptures and becomes infected. When this occurs, there is a rather
sudden growth, doubling or even tripling in side within a few days. It
becomes red and very painful.
In order to remove an Epidermal Cyst, one needs to have the growth surgically
cut out. This can be done by one of our Dermatologists in our office,
using a small amount of local anesthetic. After the removal, one or more
stitches are placed to repair the wound.
Another common lump is called a
Lipoma. This is a benign fatty tumor, located in the deeper layers of the skin.
It can be found on most areas of the body. Some people are predisposed
to lipomas, and may have dozens on their body. Occasionally these lipomas
are tender or even painful. Lipomas can be removed by a Dermatologist
if they bother you. This procedure is typically done in the office, using