Lake Loveland Dermatology can do a mole or birthmark check for you at our office in Loveland. These areas on the body are normally just small spots of skin, but it’s important to make sure they do not signify a problem that needs to be addressed. If you have a mole or birthmark, there’s no need for alarm, but it’s smart to consult a professional dermatologist so they can use their years of experience to evaluate this skin area and make sure everything looks normal.
Sometimes a mole or birthmark may change, or be a sign of skin problems that should be treated by a dermatologist. While most are normal, some may exhibit signs of melanoma, in which case it’s important to keep an eye on them after a doctor has taken a look. Your dermatologist will let you know all of the details about your mole or birthmark once you have been examined. If you would like to make an appointment for a skin check today, please reach out to our office staff in Loveland to schedule something at a convenient time.
Importance of self checks
One of the best things you can do for your skin is a periodic self check, and this is especially true with moles and birthmarks. Keeping an eye on them and looking for any changes can help you know when to see a professional for further evaluation. If you have already had a spot checked, you’ll still want to make sure it doesn’t change in size or appearance, as either can be a sign of melanoma.
What to watch for
Although moles and birthmarks are usually harmless, you should be aware of things that could be warning signs of melanoma or other potential issues down the line. If you see any of the following, please make an appointment to see a dermatologist for an evaluation. We cannot emphasize enough that having a professional take a look at your skin is the very best way possible to prevent serious problems from developing.
Keep an eye out for:
- Moles or marks that have irregular borders
- Moles or marks that are not symmetrical
- More than one color in the same mole or mark
- A change in the shape or height of a mole or mark
- A change in the size or color of a mole or mark
- Moles or marks that itch or bleed
- Any mole or mark larger than 6 millimeters
If you see any of the above, please make sure a dermatologist takes a look. Even though it may be nothing, you’ll want to know for sure! Contact our office today to schedule an appointment if you are concerned, or let your dermatologist know of any new developments when you go for your yearly examination if it isn’t too far away. Call to schedule time with one of our doctors today.
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