Most moles, called nevus from the Latin word meaning ‘birthmark’, are benign. But when you present with an atypical mole, you want to seek out a plastic surgeon who can distinguish between a benign condition or one that is pre-cancerous. Dr. Lloyd Hoffman, your renowned 10019 reconstructive surgeon, has the skills and talent to treat moles. He completed his general surgery training at Cornell/New York Hospital and went on to fellowships in plastic surgery, hand surgery and microsurgery at the Institute for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at New York University. Dr. Hoffman has been recognized nationally and internationally for his surgical skills, published works and his teaching abilities. While his accolades are impressive and numerous, Dr. Hoffman remains completely focused on aesthetic and reconstructive surgery and devotes himself entirely to patient care.
Atypical nevus (also called atypical mole, dysplastic mole, or Clark’s nevus) is a specific type of mole whose appearance differs from other common moles. These types of moles are generally larger and have irregular and indistinct boarders. They can also vary in color, ranging from tan to dark brown shades on a pink background. Although they can be found anywhere, they are commonly found on the trunk of men and the calves in women. Atypical moles are considered to be pre-cancerous and are more likely to turn into melanoma as compared to regular moles. However, not everyone that has atypical moles will get melanoma. Interestingly, most moles (both ordinary and atypical) never develop into cancer, so it’s not necessary to remove all atypical moles. Deciding whether to remove the atypical mole is done on a case-by-case basis. That is why the skill of the 10065 reconstructive surgeon is so valuable. In addition, if your family has a history of melanoma, you should be closely checked for signs of melanoma.
Dr. Hoffman, the 10019 reconstructive surgeon, will review these issues with you as well as the design of the excision in order to achieve the best possible cosmetic result. Contrary to popular belief, using a laser to remove atypical moles is not recommended because the light energy from the laser cannot penetrate deep enough to remove the entire mole. Small nevi can be removed by simple surgical excision. The nevus is cut out, and the adjacent skin stitched together leaving a small scar. Removal of a large congenital nevus, however, requires replacement of the affected skin. While it is almost impossible to remove every cell of a large nevus, the goal is to remove as many cells as possible while at the same time preserving function and minimizing scarring. If you are concerned about your moles, call us for an appointment today.