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Moles and Growths

Mole Growth Sterling - Image for MolesMost people have moles and growths, especially those who routinely get sun exposure. Due to the increase in skin cancer cases over the past several years, a greater sense of awareness about moles and growths has occurred. The physicians at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. have years of education and training. We seek to educate our patients and assist those who may require treatment for skin cancer. We perform meticulous skin cancer examinations and discuss steps that can minimize the risk for abnormal cell growth. 

Moles and growths have a variety of forms. For this reason, it can be difficult to determine if a lesion should be removed. During a personal consultation with your dermatologist, you can learn more about your skin and the types of growths we may want to assess further. Some of the common growths that we observe include moles, seborrheic keratoses, oil-gland cysts, skin tags, sun spots, and freckles. If treatment is necessary for any type of growth, it is planned around the growth’s location and size, as well as skin type.

Growths and moles may be removed for several reasons. Typically, we will suggest removal after a tissue biopsy has been examined by a pathologist. Removal may also be planned to improve cosmetic appearance or physical comfort. For instance, a skin tag that catches on jewelry or clothing can cause persistent irritation. The growth can be removed in a simple office procedure.

Every mole and growth can be different. Our dermatologists have the necessary knowledge to make an accurate diagnosis, and to identify the most suitable technique for removal.

  • Surgical excision is performed with local anesthetic, which numbs the tissue surrounding the growth. A precision technique is employed to gently excise the growth. Larger areas may require sutures to close the wound and minimize scarring.
  • Shaving, or curettage, is another technique that may be used to gently remove excess tissue. This method leaves a flat, smooth surface.
  • Growths may be frozen in a cryosurgery procedure.
  • Heat may remove a growth. Before the cauterization procedure, tissue is numbed with local anesthetic.
  • Innovative laser technology can be employed to remove growths or moles.

We believe in providing each patient with an excellent standard of care. To schedule a visit with a caring, board-certified dermatologist, call the Sterling / South Riding office of Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. at 866-808-3320.

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Dr. Neeraja C. Mattay Reviewed by Joyce D.

I am so appreciative to Dr. Mattay for her wonderful patient manner in carefully explaining diagnoses, procedures, and treatments with thoroughness, resources, and immediate follow up after procedures over the years. I recently had a “coolsculpturing” procedure administered by Lauren Kellmel, Esthetician, to remove stubborn fat from my mid-section. The procedure was painless, involved no surgery or invasive procedures, and no down time. I wanted to ensure the procedure targeted the fat cells underneath the skin while leaving the skin itself unaffected, so I was extremely impressed by the free consultant session in which Lauren shared all aspects of the procedure and was very patient to respond to my questions. I felt totally prepared for the procedure and have been extremely happy with results.

I highly recommend Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia for the very best in patient centeredness, knowledgeable and current techniques, and in their skin, face and eye products. Thank you.