Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Reuel Aspacio of Summerlin Dermatology offers routine mole checks for patients throughout the greater Las Vegas, NV area. Most people currently have a mole of some sort on their body somewhere. A mole is a benign growth on the skin that results from the development of a cluster of pigmented cells. During mole checks, we examine, measure, and document the size, shape, and growth of moles on the body to confirm they are not changing or cancerous, to determine their nature.
Skin growths can be brown, black, or a variety of these colors, and can appear alone or in groups. Moles can also be flat or appear as a round bump. Although most are harmless, some can develop into cancer. If you have moles on your body and are unsure about the health of one, or if one becomes bothersome, it is necessary to see a professional — especially if one begins to change in size or shape or becomes irritating. We do not recommend removal of every mole on your body. We do recommend continuous examination of your skin by you and your dermatologist to monitor any changes in the moles. If any of your moles are suspicious or changing, please schedule an appointment.
"Before beginning this review, I took time to read several of the reviews posted. A very mixed bag of issues and emotions. Well, here is why I gave this group of working professionals a "5 STAR" rating. I was referred to Summerlin Dermatology by my so called medical PCP. I had concern about a mole like growth on my back which appeared to be getting larger. I was concerned it could be cancerous. I received a call from Summerlin Dermatology on 9/26/2018 regarding this referral. It seemed they had a cancellation for that day and asked if this was convenient for me. Yep. Sure was. However, I told the young lady on the phone, Daisy, I didn't want to sit there filling out new patient paperwork. She explained their website with the on-line forms was down at the time and offered to email me the forms to complete before I arrived. She was so upbeat and professional. When I arrived for my appointment (with my completed paperwork) I was greeted by, not one, but two front office staffers, Jose and Desiree. They were professional with a smile. Again, upbeat. I signed in and waited about 10-15 minutes before I was taken into the examining room. During my wait time I had the opportunity to chat with each of these individuals. Very professional, yet not "starchy" if you know what I mean. Real people with a job to do the best they can. I met with Dr. Aspacio and his assistant. I felt at ease with both. I told the doctor why I was there. Doctor Aspacio examined the mole growth. Then asked me for my cell phone. He took a picture of this mole on my back. It was not easy for me to see since it was on my back. He showed me the picture and explained that it was typical of getting older. Such moles are common at "our age". I laughed. He even showed me a couple of areas where he has developed similar moles. He made me feel at ease. I was sooo relieved. I have lived in Las Vegas for 43 years. I am 67 years old with Medicare insurance. If you want to experience REALLY BAD medical treatment just wait until you become a senior and on Medicare! I thank heaven that Summerlin Dermatology was an outside referral and NOT part of my primary care network!! I haven't seen my PCP in 2 years! All I see are PAC's or a Nurse Practitioner! Summerlin Dermatology, in my experience/opinion, is only 1 of 3 local medical facilities with whom I would consider professional, to the point and personable. I would recommend them highly!!!"- L.H. / Yelp / Sep 27, 2018
Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural color. Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years, and during pregnancy.
Dr. Aspacio recommends that patients watch for any changes and get moles checked on a regular basis. By using the ABCDE test to determine whether a mole could be cancerous, you can easily recognize what to look for in a suspicious mole that could be cancerous if the following characteristics are present:
- Asymmetrical: They are not even or equal in size when cut in half
- Borders: They have irregular or scalloped borders
- Color: They begin to change color or have an uneven color
- Diameter: They are larger than 6mm in diameter
- Evolves: They begin to evolve (grow or change) in color, shape, size or height
Most moles don't warrant treatment unless they become suspicious, cancerous, or if they cause discomfort, irritation or cosmetic issues. In these situations, Dr. Aspacio may need to remove the mole(s). In surgical excision, the area around the mole will be locally numbed and a scalpel or similar device is used to remove the mole and some surrounding skin. The wound will then be closed with stitches. Sometimes, if the mole is surface level, a surgical shave can be performed where the area is numbed and a small blade is used to cut all around and beneath the mole. Stitches are not required for this method.
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If you are searching for a dermatologist to evaluate your moles, we understand you may have a suspicious mole you want to be screened for disease. Our Las Vegas, NV office specializes in treating a wide variety of moles from those that are benign to cancerous ones. If we find that you have a mole(s) that is cancerous, we will select the ideal approach for the health of your skin. We are committed to providing you with a level of care that you deserve.