Moles (nevi) are pigmented growths on the skin that occur when melanocytes, or pigmented skin cells, develop in clusters. Moles are very common and come up at different developmental stages in a person’s life. Atypical moles are those that appear to be unusual in shape and color and are different from all the other moles a person has. Atypcial moles, also called dysplastic nevi, are a marker of increased risk for the development of skin cancer.

Warts are skin growths that are caused by a type of virus called the human papillomavirus or HPV. There are more than a hundred types of HPV known to infect the skin, usually through an area of broken skin. HPV causes the top layer of skin to grow rapidly and this is what forms the wart. Warts can grow anywhere on the patient’s body and are most common among children and young adults.

How It Will Be Removed?

Dermatologists recommend the removal of those mole that bother the patient, are suspicious in their appearance, or show signs of potential skin cancer. To remove the mole, dermatologists will use either a surgical excision, lasers or a surgical shave removal. Tissue removed will be sent to the skin pathologist for microscopic evaluation. Warts treatments includes cryotherapy, electrosurgery, curettage, immunotherapy, lasers or antiviral injections.

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