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Ohio Head & Neck Surgeons provide answers to the most frequently asked questions and best care practices for ear, nose, and throat (ENT) diseases and disorders, allergy, hearing loss, and cosmetic treatments.

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Mole Removal

Moles are very common, and most people between the age of 10 and 40 have moles. These are usually harmless collections of colored cells typically varying in color including brown, tan, or pink.

Most moles are ones you are born with, which are known as congenital moles. Most moles, however, develop during childhood and adolescence, which is known as acquired. Moles can also develop later in life due to sun exposure.

Most moles are harmless. However, there are signs you should look for to determine when a mole should be looked at and possibly removed.

Keep “ABCDE” in Mind

Keep an eye out for unusual moles that may indicate melanomas or other skin cancers. Remember ABCDE.
· A is for asymmetrical shape. Have moles that appear irregular in shape checked out by a doctor.
· B is for irregular border. Irregular, notched, or scalloped borders are characteristics of melanomas.
· C is for change in color. Check for growths that have many colors or have an uneven distribution of color.
· D is for diameter. Moles that are larger than ¼ inch should be checked.
· E is for evolving. Look for changes over time such as a mole that grows in size or changes shape or color. Moles can also develop with new symptoms such as itchiness or bleeding.

Other times the removal of moles may be for cosmetic reasons if it is a large mole or in an area that causes insecurity such as the face or neck. If you are interested in getting moles removed for aesthetic reasons, please reach out to our team of specialists to discuss surgery options and treatment.

At Ohio Head and Neck Surgeons, we understand your concerns when seeking cosmetic treatment options. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our quality ENT specialists. For more information on scheduling click here.

To prepare for your first appointment, you can also visit our New Patients page to find important forms you will need at your appointment, including registration and health history.

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