At times referred to as Atypical moles, Dysplastic Nevi are a specific type of mole that appear different than a common mole. This type of mole is categorized between a benign mole and melanoma.
They are mostly flat, typically larger than a common mole and have borders that appear irregular and may have an array of colors from pink to dark brown.
What Causes Dysplastic Nevi?
Genetics play a large role in the cause of this skin condition. Sun exposure can also be a common cause, although it can also be found on areas of the skin that receive little to no sun.
Mild forms or dysplastic nevi usually require no treatment, while severe forms will need to be surgically removed. In a simple office visit the team at Bay Dermatology will preform a skin examine and a possible biopsy of the mole. We will then be able to determine the best course of treatment for you.
Patients diagnosed with sever dysplastic nevi have a great recovery rate. However, if you have a history of these atypical moles you are at a greater risk of developing melanoma in the future. We recommend regular in office skin examines for anyone who has a history of this condition.
Most Dysplastic Nevi Do Not Turn Into Melanoma
What Should I Look For?
The National Cancer Institute recommends checking your skin once a month for the below.
- Color changes
- Changes in size
- Changes in shape, texture, or height
- The skin on the surface becomes dry or scaly
- Becomes hard or feels lumpy
- It starts to itch
- Bleeding or oozing
The Experts at Bay Dermatology
For your skin condition contact Bay Dermatology right away. We are here to professionally examine and treat your condition. As the leading Dermatologists and Cosmetic Surgeons in the greater Tampa area we look forward to serving you.