Dysplastic Nevus - Golden Coast Dermatology Orange County

Dysplastic Nevus

Atypical moles/dysplastic nevi are unusual looking moles with concerning features when looked at closely. Any unusual looking moles, new moles, or changing moles need to be examined by a trained professional. If you have a lesion that is suspicious for atypical moles/dysplastic nevi or melanoma, call today or request an appointment online at Golden Coast Dermatology, Skin Cancer and Vein Center.


What are Atypical Moles/Dysplastic Nevi?

Atypical moles/dysplastic nevi are irregular moles that can occur on anyone’s body. Their appearance can vary greatly. Although dysplastic nevi are not specifically a skin cancer itself, melanoma can arise in these lesions.

Risk factors for melanoma include people with atypical moles/dysplastic nevi and:

Anyone can develop melanoma at any age. Atypical moles/dysplastic nevi are an important risk factor and need to be evaluated to determine one’s risk for developing melanoma.

What do Atypical Moles/Dysplastic Nevi look like?

Atypical moles/dysplastic nevi can develop and appear anywhere on the skin. When looking at moles to determine if they are harmful, it is important to remember the ABCDE’s of melanoma.

Studies have found that the most dangerous risk factor is enlarging. Any mole that is new or enlarging is at risk to be an atypical nevus or a melanoma.

How are Atypical Moles/Dysplastic Nevi treated?

The first step in treatment is an accurate diagnosis. During a clinical examination, our dermatologist will use a dermatoscope to evaluate for concerning features. If necessary, a biopsy may be performed. The tissue will then be examined by a pathologist to determine the diagnosis. Sometimes the mole is found to be severely dysplastic or even a melanoma that requires additional intervention.

When should I seek care?

If you have an unusual looking mole, please don’t wait. Early detection and intervention is the best predictor of a successful and healthy outcome. 

Call us today or request an appointment online at Golden Coast Dermatology, Skin Cancer, and Vein Center to have any unusual moles examined and if needed removed quickly and safely.

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