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We are now open Saturdays.

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What are Moles

What are Moles?

Your body has skin cells called melanocytes. These cells produce melanin, which determines the color of your skin. Melanocytes can grow in clumps, producing a mole. Nearly everyone can have between 10 and 40 moles, and they can be many different colors or textures, but they are usually less than 6 millimeters in diameter.

Moles can be an early sign of skin cancers like melanoma, and melanoma can be fatal. This is why you should do a self-exam periodically. According to the Mayo Clinic, signs to look for include:

  • An asymmetrical shape
  • An irregular border
  • A change in color
  • A diameter larger than 6 millimeters
  • A change in shape, color, size, or height

You should see your dermatologist at FDL Dermatology if you have a mole that is:

 
  • Showing any of the signs listed above
  • Burning or itching
  • Bleeding or oozing
  • Painful
  • Growing back after a previous removal
  • New and you are over 30 years old

FDL Dermatology offers a full range of skin services, including mole removal. Your dermatologist may recommend:

A Surgical Shave Of Your Mole

Your dermatologist will numb the area and cut around the mole and underneath it. Shaving is often used for smaller moles; no suturing is required.

A Surgical Excision Of Your Mole

Your dermatologist will numb the area and cut out the mole with a punching instrument. Surgical excision requires sutures.

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FDL Dermatology Is Seeing Patients Both Online And In Person.

Book An Appointment Or Call us (703) 310-7400.

Our Location

1005 North Glebe Rd | Suite 540 |
Arlington, VA 22201

Hours Of Operation

Monday: 9 AM-4 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM-3:30 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM-3:30 PM
Thursday: 11 AM-7 PM alternating Thursdays
Friday: 9 AM-3:30 PM
Saturday: Call for Availability
Sunday: Closed