Mole Checks, Dysplastic Nevi and Melanoma
Nevi (moles) are proliferations of melanocytes, or cells that give pigment to our skin/hair. Nevi can occur since birth (congenital nevi) or more commonly, can be acquired throughout the first 40 years of life.
Melanocytes are vulnerable to environmental factors including ultraviolet light, which induces mutations that lead to abnormal proliferations of these cells. Moles with acquired mutations can change color, size and appearance, prompting a dermatologic evaluation.
At Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, we are committed to provide you with the most comprehensive skin exam. A complete skin exam includes the scalp, oral mucosa, breasts, ears, genital and anal area, palms, soles, fingers toes and lymph node palpation. Our doctors will always be accompanied by a chaperone, and will always make you feel comfortable.
We use dermoscopy (magnified examination with polarized light) to evaluate all suspicious lesions.