Board-certified dermatologist Tracy Evans and her team provide regular mole checks for individuals in the Corte Madera, CA area. Most people have a mole of some kind on their body somewhere. A mole is a lesion on top of the skin that is caused by a bundle of colored skin cells. During mole evaluations, we analyze, measure, and record the dimensions, shape, and development of moles on your body to determine whether they're safe and not cancerous. They may be black, brown, or a combination of the two and can grow independently or in groups. Moles may also be flush with the skin or seem like a round bulge. While many are benign, some may turn into cancer. If you have moles and feel uncertain about their severity, or if one has become bothersome, schedule an appointment at Pacific Skin. It's important to inform a professional — particularly when one starts to change in shape or size or starts to bleed or itch.
"I went in to have a basal spot on my back removed. I’ve been a patient of Dr. Evans for years. She’s the best. I’ve never had a bad experience with her or anyone that works for her. She’s an excellent doctor and I trust her judgment/diagnoses completely. I particularly appreciated the way the procedure was handled. Everything is thoroughly explained and as they’re ‘working’ they tell you exactly what they’re about to do so there are no surprises. I highly recommend Dr. Evans (and in fact have recommended her to many of my friends). Having basal cells removed (I think the procedure is called Mose) is not a pleasant experience but Dr. Evans and her staff make it as pleasant and painless as possible"- A.D. / Google / May 30, 2019
"Dr Evan's has been treating my various dermatological issues for several years. Every visit is met with professionalism and complete confidence with what I present. When I needed further diagnosis she was quick to refer me to a specialist. Dr Evans has made herself available on a few occasions after hours to discuss my emergent needs."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 28, 2019
"DR Evans is thorough, very well educated and has an excellent staff in her well appointed office."- V.K. / Facebook / May 09, 2019
"I LOOOVE Dr. Evans and her whole team! Incredible customer service and great results for cool sculpting on my husband and fraxel on me! My skin is completely transformed and my husband was able to eliminate some fat pockets that no amount of exercise could touch! This is a top notch medical team with fabulous cosmetic services as well as the highest quality dermatology! I want to particularly thank Shantelle for being such a rock star! I'll be coming back for more and referring all my friends!"- E.M. / Yelp / Apr 30, 2019
"I love the quiet, spa-like atmosphere of Dr Evans' Corte Madera office. She and her staff offer a diverse array of treatments as well as complete dermatological care. Recently, I tried cool sculpting with Shantelle and was so pleased with the results. Shantelle is a skilled practitioner and very reassuring. I can't say enough good things about this office."- M.K. / Yelp / Apr 09, 2019
Moles result when cells within the skin develop in a bundle rather than being dispersed evenly beneath your skin. These types of cells are referred to as melanocytes, and they are responsible for the pigment that gives the skin its color. Moles can become darker in color for different reasons, including exposure to sunlight, hormonal changes through the teenage years, and pregnancy.
Dr. Evans recommends that individuals monitor their moles for any changes and receive regular examinations. By remembering this ABCDE test, you can easily understand what to look for to ascertain if a mole might be cancerous:
- Asymmetrical: They aren't even or equivalent in dimensions if cut in half
- Borders: They have scalloped or jagged edges
- Color: They start to change or have an abnormal color
- Diameter: They're bigger than six millimeters in size
- Evolves: They start to evolve (change or grow) in size, height, color, or shape
You should also have moles regularly checked if they itch or bleed, have multiple colors, or are located where they cannot be easily monitored, such as on the scalp.
Usually, moles do not need treatment unless they become cancerous, questionable, or when they cause irritation, discomfort, or aesthetic problems. In these situations, Dr. Evans might want to excise the mole(s). For surgical excision, the region near the mole is numbed with a local anesthetic, and a scalpel or comparable surgical tool will be used to remove the mole and a bit of the surrounding skin cells. The wound is then closed with sutures. For a mole that is flush with the skin, a surgical "shaving" method may be used. The region is locally numbed, and a small blade is used to cut around and under the mole. Stitches aren't required with this procedure. Other treatment options include laser or pulsed light therapy and microdermabrasion.
Mole removal typically takes a short amount of time but yields positive results. Cosmetic mole removal is performed in our Corte Madera, CA office utilizing local anesthesia and should last about an hour. If you have an excision with sutures, you should expect slight discomfort for a couple of days following the procedure. Most patients are fully healed within about two weeks following a mole procedure, but this will vary, depending on what technique is used. Healing can be expedited by carefully following wound-care instructions after the procedure.
Schedule Your Mole Check!
If you find a mole that is unattractive or bothersome or one that may potentially be an indication of melanoma, it's time to call Pacific Skin to explore your treatment choices. Our Corte Madera, CA office specializes in handling a large array of moles and lesions from those that are harmless to those that are a concern. Allowing a professional to examine your mole(s) can help ease any worry you have about potential health problems. We're dedicated to supplying you with the degree of attention that you need and deserve.