What is Dysplastic Nevi?
Dysplastic nevi are abnormal-looking yet benign moles — meaning, they are noncancerous. These can cause a lot of concern for men and women who are looking for early signs of skin cancer since they can look a lot like melanoma. Sometimes these atypical moles indicate an elevated risk of developing skin cancer, which is why it's important to undergo a skin exam performed by a board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Adean Kingston. At Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC in Dallas, Texas, we are here to help educate you on the differences in your moles and whether there is any need for concern. Dr. Kingston also offers a variety of treatment options if you wish to remove your moles for medical or cosmetic reasons.
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"Best dermatologist yet! I've been to a few dermatologists in Dallas, and Dr. Kingston is way more thorough with her exams and treatments. She does a full body exam with a handheld, high intensity eye microscope, takes detailed notes, and has a tech take photos of all areas of the body that contain moles and spots so that when you re-visit again the future, she can read her notes and review photos for any changes. All other dermatologists I've been to the past ten years only take notes, no photos, and had me stay more fully clothed, which presents a higher risk of missing areas that should be checked. I'm used to getting spots taken off yearly and skin cancer runs in my family, so it's very important to have a thorough dermatologist! In addition to her thorough exams, her treatments are high-quality as well. She knows how to remove spots without extra skin for minimal scarring. I've had dermatologists take off spots that looked like I had chunks taken out with scars that turned dark, but not with Dr. Kingston. Even though I moved to Philly, I visit Dallas 2-3 times a year to see friends, and I continue to make my appointments with her as needed! I also appreciate that while she does a lot of cosmetic skin treatments, she has never tried to sell me on any other service and actually complimented my skin once (yes, I still have some wrinkles on my face). Her office is also the cutest office I've ever seen with modern, classy, comfortable furniture and decor with the latest hits music playing in the background. Highly recommend!!"- J.H. / Yelp / Sep 01, 2015
"Dr. Kingston is awesome - I had a mole removed off the bridge of my nose that had a appeared several years ago and was bothering me, there was minimal scaring and appears only as a freckle now, which will lighten with bleaching creams - also had a full body mole check and she removed 3 small suspicious moles (probably due to tanning beds in the late 90's : ( - I highly recommend Dr. Kingston and her staff, they're great."- A.R. / Yelp / Jan 31, 2014
"I was able to get into see Dr. Kingston on very short notice. The complex was beautiful and her office was elegant yet comfortable. Both her and her nurse were friendly and caring. I went in for my acne and therash on my arms, but she noticed my moles and recommended doing a body check (something I needed to do soon anyway based on my family history). They didn't try to push any cosmetic procedures or beauty treatments on me, and seemed genuinely interested in taking care of me. I would highly recommend!"- H.F. / ZocDoc / Jul 20, 2015
"Dr. Kingston and staff are always so friendly and knowledgeable. I went in for a couple of skin tags that were bothering me and Mia took them off quickly and painlessly while talking with me casually. Dr. Kingston injected a scaron my face with a steroid to reduce the visibility and raised skin. I’m always so nervous about needles and procedures but I left within 30 minutes of arriving! It was a pleasant experience!"- Anonymous / ZocDoc / Mar 06, 2019
"Dr. Kingston was friendly, knowledgeable and patient and thorough answering my questions. She immediately recognized lumps and bumps and moles as clearly explained everything she found - and even had her tech write down derma words for me so I could leave with information about my skin. I was definitely impressed by my first visit and will be back!"- Anonymous / ZocDoc / Sep 18, 2019
Typical moles present themselves as round, flat or raised brown spots. Almost everyone has at least one mole on their body at some point in their lifetime, and they aren't usually a cause for concern. Genetics also plays a big role in the development of moles. Although melanoma can start on normal, healthy-looking skin, they can also arise inside an atypical mole. It's important to know the ABCDE rule for melanomas.
"Asymmetry" means that they are not mirror images from left to right. "Border" means the edges are irregular and not smooth. "Color" refers to very black, multiple colors within a single mole or even pink (amelanotic). "Diameter" refers to a mole that is enlarging "Evolving" means that they have changed size or features from the last time you saw them. Consider checking yourself monthly and taking pictures to monitor your moles.
Causes and Risks
If you are prone to abnormal-looking moles and other skin cancer warning signs, you should be proactive about your skin care. If you have a light complexion, several existing moles, or freckles, be extra cautious. Having a family history of skin cancer and routine tanning can also increase your risk of developing melanoma. Keep tabs on the moles present on your body so that you can track any changes that occur, and don't hesitate to contact Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC about any concerns.
If you have one or more moles and have never had a skin exam, it's a good idea to come in for a checkup. If suspicious, Dr. Kingston can examine the mole and perform a microscopic analysis. From there, she can provide her recommendation on whether to biopsy the mole or to continue monitoring it with photographs, yearly dermatology exams and self skin exams at home. When considering biopsy, Dr. Kingston will also review your family history and other risk factors. Regardless, it's crucial that you have regular monitoring of new or existing atypical moles so in case one is malignant, it can be treated appropriately as soon as possible.
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Prevention is essential when protecting yourself from skin cancer. In addition to monitoring your moles, you should also wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher anytime you will be exposed to direct sunlight. Protective eyewear, clothing, and hats are also highly recommended when you will be in the sun for long periods of time. If at any point you become suspicious of a mole, call Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC immediately to set up an exam. When it comes to skin cancer, the best outcomes are the result of early diagnosis and thorough treatment.