Do you get random atypical moles? If you do, it’s important you have them checked. You may think that atypical moles, also known as dysplastic nevi, are common, but they also resemble melanoma. Because of this reason, it’s important that if you notice moles developing on your body in random places, you schedule an appointment with an experienced dermatologist. Our team at Azeal Dermatology Institute in Boulder can help diagnose your moles and determine the proper treatment for you.

What is Dysplastic Nevi?

Dysplastic nevi is another name for atypical moles. These moles are usually benign, but because they appear very similar to melanoma, we highly urge you to make an appointment as soon as you notice a new mole on your skin.

Who Develops Dysplastic Nevi?

Many individuals will have plenty of atypical moles grow on their skin throughout their lifetime. However, if you’re an individual who has had multiple moles test positive for melanoma, it’s urgent you take care of getting your atypical moles removed as soon as you notice them develop.

These moles are usually very easy to spot, as they are usually raised and a tan, brown, or pink color. According to Cancer.gov, people who have more than 50 common moles have a greater chance than others of developing a dangerous type of skin cancer known as melanoma. Most common moles do not turn into melanoma.

How to Spot an Atypical Mole

There are a few characteristics of an atypical mole that make them easier to spot, however, these characteristics are similar to melanoma.

  • Unlike common moles, atypical moles are often asymmetrical.
  • Common moles generally have regular, well-defined borders. Atypical moles have irregular and hazy borders, which gradually fade into surrounding skin.
  • Atypical moles have irregular and varied color and have subtle areas of brown, red, black, dark brown, or blue. Common moles are generally a solid tan, brown, or flesh color.
  • Atypical moles are usually larger than a ¼ inch.
  • If a previously stable mole changes in a noticeable way or a new mole appears after the age of 40, this mole should raise suspicion.

Since these moles resemble melasma so closely, we cannot stress the importance of getting them checked out be a doctor or dermatologist.

Our Dermatologists Can Help

Have you noticed a new mole that matches these characteristics or is one of your other moles changing? If you are worried about having an atypical mole, it’s time for you to contact the leading dermatologist in Boulder. We can diagnose your moles and create a plan of treatment. Call Azeal Dermatology Institute today or schedule an appointment online!