Moles in Providence, UT

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What is a Mole?

Dr. Travis James of Providence Dermatology provides routine mole checks for patients throughout the Greater Providence, UT area. Most individuals have a mole of some kind on their body somewhere. A mole is a growth on top of the skin that is caused by a cluster of pigmented cells. During mole evaluations, we examine, measure, and record the dimensions, shape, and development of moles on your body to make certain they're safe and not cancerous or changing. They can be black, brown, or a variation of colors and can appear alone or in groups. Moles can likewise be flat or appear as a round bump. Although many are harmless, some may turn into cancer. If you have moles on your body and feel uncertain about their severity, or if one becomes bothersome, then it's important to inform a professional — especially when one starts to change in size or shape, or starts to itch or bleed.

What are Treatment Options for Moles?

Usually, moles don't warrant treatment unless they become cancerous, or suspicious, or when they cause irritation, discomfort, or cosmetic problems. In these situations, Dr. James may recommend the removal of the mole(s). For surgical excision, the area around the mole will be locally numbed, and a scalpel or similar tool will be used to remove the mole and a bit of the surrounding skin. The wound is then closed with sutures. At times, when the mole is at surface level, a surgical shave can be utilized where the region is locally numbed and a small blade is used to cut around and beneath the mole. Stitches aren't required for surgical shaves. The specimen is then sent off for pathology for diagnosis of benign vs cancerous.

I have been to the majority of the dermatologists in the valley and many of the PAs. Dr James is the first doctor to actually change my quality of life with his expertise and care.

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Really welcoming and amazing treatments provided!!

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5 stars is literally not enough! I can not express my gratitude to Dr. Travis James and his staff! I have been seeing Dr. James, since June of 2023. He has always provided me and my family with the highest level of care and dedication. I have always felt seen and heard about my concerns and questions. He always takes the time to talk me through all of the available options and costs to help meet my needs. He is dedicated to finding solutions and helping me heal. His office staff are very compassionate and caring. They make us feel like family! His staff is flexible with scheduling and so kind if you ever need to change an appointment. His office is convenient and comfortable, while professional and equipped with a variety of treatments. Dr James is a hidden gem on the south end of the valley. BEST DR. EVER!

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Dr. Travis James is the most kind, caring, passionate, dedicated, and helpful doctor I have ever been too. He genuinely cares about the people and loves what he does. He has worked tirelessly to help me and my mom with our rosacea. Dr. Travis James is incredibly knowledgeable and always provides options to help meet our needs. His staff is incredible and so kind. I look forward to going to their office for my appointments because of the great atmosphere and dedication to helping us heal and be better. :)

M.B. Google

I strongly recommend Providence Dermatology for any skincare needs. The office staff is very competent and always friendly. Doctor James is an awesome guy and an even better doctor. My family and I have gone here for a few years now, and they just keep getting better!. Keep up the great work!

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Schedule Your Skin Check!

Whether you find a mole that is unattractive or bothersome, or unusual in appearance (which may be a sign of melanoma), it's time to call Providence Dermatology to explore your treatment options. Our Providence, UT office specializes in handling a wide variety of moles and lesions, from harmless to cancerous ones. If you have an at-risk mole, Dr. James will select the correct approach for your treatment. We're committed to providing you with the degree of treatment that you need and deserve.

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When should I be alarmed about a mole?

If you notice a mutation in a mole's hue or pattern, we advise you to get it examined by one of the dermatologists at our Providence, UT, office. Additionally, if they seep blood, are stinging, are crusty in appearance, or begin to ache, you should set up a visit to our office. We advise you to check your skin for mutations in moles monthly.

How much does a mole biopsy hurt?

It's our intention to make you as tranquil as possible throughout your procedures here at Providence Dermatology. We use the most cutting-edge innovations and technologies to offer as relaxing an experience as possible. When having a mole tested, you could feel a small pinch as we inject the anesthetic; however, you can expect to feel minimal to no pain as we cut away the mole.

Will all moles transform into something dangerous?

Recent moles normally do not change into something cancerous — only in about 20 – 30% of events. About 70 – 80% of cancer diagnoses begin as brand-new discolorations on the skin.

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