About Moles & Growths


Skin growths—from moles and growths to skin tags and cysts—are extremely common. We assess, diagnose, and successfully treat hundreds of cases of skin growths in our patients.

Most skin growths are harmless. But sometimes—particularly in the case of some moles—they’re not and can be cancerous, which is why all moles and growths should be assessed by a dermatologist.

If a skin growth is painful, itchy, bleeding, rough (or scaly and crusty in texture), enlarging or growing, we recommend that you have it examined by a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible:

Asymmetry: One half of a skin growth does not match the other.
Border: The edges (particularly on a mole) are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
Color: The color is uneven and may include multiple shades of brown, tan or black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, or blue.
Diameter: The growth or spot is larger than the size of a pencil eraser (larger than about one-quarter inch).
Evolving: The growth is changing in size, shape, or color.

If you have a question about a skin growth, don’t hesitate to contact us at to set up an appointment.

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New York Dermatologist