Benign Moles

Benign moles are non-cancerous skin growths which can appear anywhere on the face or body. Benign moles originate from melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells in the skin that make the pigment called melanin and give the skin its natural color. Benign moles are also commonly referred to as benign nevi and come in a variety of colors and sizes. Benign nevi can be pink, brown, or skin colored. They may be flat and smooth or fleshy and protruding off of the surface of the skin. Many of the benign moles we acquire over time are genetically predetermined before we are born. Some experts believe excess sun exposure in childhood causes an increase in the number of moles. Since benign moles are non-cancerous, they do not need to be removed from the skin. However, many times benign nevi occur in locations which are prone to rubbing and irritation, and patients prefer to have them removed. Benign mole removal is an easy in office procedure performed under local anesthesia.