Most moles (nevi) appear on the skin during childhood and adolescence. Nevi may change and grow as a child grows. For adults, new moles and changes to existing moles can be a sign of melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer.


Moles can be either raised or flat. The surface of the mole can be smooth or wrinkled and some may contain hair. Though generally brown or flesh colored, moles may also appear tan, black, pink or blue. As the body ages, moles may lighten in color, flat moles may become raised, and some moles may disappear. It is important to get a new or existing mole checked out if it:

  • Changes shape
  • Looks uneven
  • Changes Color
  • Has more than 2 colors
  • Starts itching
  • Crusting
  • Flaking
  • Bleeding


Doctor examining woman's back moles.


Most moles do not require treatment. Our Dermatology, Inc. providers will remove moles that are troublesome (painful, irritated, rubs against clothing, etc..) and/or suspicious for skin cancer.

Treatment options:

  • Surgical excision
  • Surgical shave biopsy or removal

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