Benign Moles

Moles, also called nevi, are clusters of melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells in the skin. Usually harmless in nature, they can be unsightly, especially if they are large or raised and appear in a prominent place on the body. Dr. Dolder at Greenwich Point Dermatology in Greenwich, CT, can remove these benign lesions through a simple surgical procedure, leaving the surrounding skin healthy and intact.

What are the characteristics of benign moles?

Moles that are benign and no reason for concern have the following characteristics:

  • round or oval in shape
  • single color (black, brown, tan, blue, red, pink)
  • flat or slightly raised
  • non-evolving in appearance

They can vary in size and location, and may even grow hair.

What are my treatment options for benign moles?

Benign moles are typically removed via surgical excision or surgical shaving. The area is numbed with local anesthesia to mitigate any discomfort, and the mole is carefully cut or shaved away to preserve the surrounding skin. Depending on the size of the lesion, a few sutures may be used in a surgical excision. Ointment and a bandage are applied to protect the area and promote healing.

If you have a bothersome mole that you would like to have examined more closely or removed, book a consultation at Greenwich Point Dermatology. Please contact us here or email