Dysplastic Nevus Treatment
Most moles, or nevi, are not a cause for concern. In fact, moles in some locations are considered an attractive beauty mark. Dysplastic nevi are moles that display irregular cell growth, between being completely benign and full-on melanoma. They feature atypical growth patterns and features and pose a risk of developing into cancer. Dr. Susan Spitzler and Dr. Emma Murad offer dysplastic nevus treatment as part of our general dermatology treatments at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta.
Dysplastic nevi are classified into three stages, the first (mild) being more benign and the third (severe) being closer to cancerous. Because these moles pose a higher risk of developing into cancer, they are usually removed by a dermatologist shortly after being diagnosed. Your dysplastic nevus will be sent to a lab for testing to determine if any cancerous cells exist.
Atypical Mole Diagnosis and Removal
Dr. Spitzler and Dr. Murad recommend the commonly-known formula for keeping watch on any moles that develop on your body. It is known as the ABCDE method:
Atypical moles often have an asymmetrical shape.
The border of an atypical mole is often jagged or uneven, with edges that ‘bleed’ into the surrounding skin.
The color of an atypical mole may be uneven.
If an atypical mole grows to the size of a pencil eraser (approximately 6 mm, or ¼ inch in diameter), this is a sign the mole is cancerous.
Any changes in the appearance of a mole should be reported to your dermatologist.
Any dysplastic nevus will be removed during an in-office procedure in our clinic. A shave biopsy, punch biopsy or surgical excision will be used to remove the nevi. Depending on the size and location, you may require stitches to close the wound. Dr. Spitzler and Dr. Murad are skilled at removing moles using techniques that reduce visible scarring.
If you observe a dysplastic nevus, or an irregular mole that seems to have changed, report it right away, and schedule an exam and consultation with our team at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta. Speedy diagnosis and treatment can often prevent the onset of skin cancer.