Boca Raton Skin Institute

(561) 487-7575

Cosmetic Treatments

Birthmarks are blemishes on the skin that are noticeable at birth, or shortly afterwards. A significant proportion of newborns have a vascular birthmark - a red, pink or purple blemish that is caused by abnormal blood vessels under the skin.  Some people are born with pigmented birthmarks; these are usually brown and are caused by the clustering of pigment cells.

Moles are called nevi (singular is nevus). The number of nevi can increase throughout life, influenced by genetics and sun exposure.  A changing mole could be a sign of melanoma.  Additionally, melanoma often arises from normal skin, not necessarily from a pre-existing mole.

New or changing moles should be evaluated in the office and can be removed by a skin biopsy or simple excision.

Removal of moles and birthmarks for solely cosmetic purposes can also be performed.

Boca Raton Skin Institute recommends an annual skin screening exam for all adults.  For patients with a personal or family history of skin cancer, the screening exam may need to be more frequently.  Children may also need routine skin exams if they have risk factors for skin cancer.

Learn how to protect yourselves from the sun and how to better detect suspicious spots and skin cancer at http://www.spotskincancer.org