Seasoned dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson of Fort Lauderdale Dermatology offers routine mole checks for patients throughout the Greater Fort Lauderdale, FL area. Most individuals currently have a mole of some kind on their body somewhere. A mole is a growth on the skin that results from a cluster of pigmented cells. During mole checks, we examine, measure, and document the size, shape, and growth of moles on the body to determine whether they are safe and not changing or cancerous. They can be brown, black, or a variation of the colors and can appear alone or in groups. Moles can also be flat or seem like a round bump. While most are harmless, some can develop into cancer. If you have moles on your body and are unsure about the health of one, or if one becomes bothersome, it is necessary to see a professional — especially if it begins to change in size or shape, or begins to itch or bleed.
"I’ve seen Dr. Wilkerson three times now and have never felt like it’s been a rushed visit like other dermatologists I’ve been to. He’s been able to drastically improve skin issues that I’ve dealt with for years. Very clean and professional practice."- M.H. / Google / Nov 13, 2019
"Dr Wilkerson was referred to me by my primary care physician and I am very thankful he was. After being in a trauma accident sustaining multiple wounds, I encountered a rash and irritation around them. I could not afford to get any infection while healing all my injuries. Dr Wilkerson and his assistant Jackie were friendly and gentle. They asked many questions and thoroughly examined the injury site. The doctor’s level of care was exceptional and he took his time to answer all my questions patiently. His treatment plan ‘cured’ my issue and I look forward to my follow up appointment. Jackie was courteous and gracious enough to call me a week after my appointment to follow up and see how I was feeling and how my recovery was progressing."- S.D. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"Jackie and Dr. Wilkerson are the absolute BEST!!! They are incredibly hospitable, compassionate, thorough and fun. They are timely and the office is spectacular and clean. Do not go anywhere else!!"- K.L. / Google / Oct 20, 2020
"Dr. Wilkerson and his nurse, Jackie, are fantastic. Two of the nicest people I’ve met in my time here in South Florida. Went in to get a couple pilar cysts removed from the top of my head, and it could not have gone any better than it did. The waiting area, and the patient rooms are in immaculate condition. When you get there, there’s no waiting around for Dr. Wilkerson to come in and greet you. From the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave, you’ll be the focus of their attention. It is well worth the drive if you don’t live in Ft. Lauderdale. I drove from Boca, and would do it again because they are the best."- J.H. / Google / Oct 13, 2020
"Dr Wilkerson is an excellent dermatologist. Not only is he very knowledgeable and experienced, he is professional with great bedside manner. I’m a primary care physician and choose to refer my patients to him for this reason. Also Jackie at reception made me feel at home right away with her welcoming smile and assistance. Thanks for the great care!"- D.N. / Google / Oct 05, 2020
Moles result when cells within the skin grow in a bundle instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they put off the pigment that gives the skin its standard color. Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during the teenage years, and while pregnant.
Dr. Wilkerson recommends that patients watch for any changes and get mole checks often. By using the ABCDE test to determine whether a mole could be cancerous, you can easily recognize what to look for. Moles could be cancerous if the following characteristics are present:
- Asymmetrical: They are not even or equal in dimensions when cut in half
- Borders: They have irregular or scalloped borders
- Color: They begin to change color or have an abnormal color
- Diameter: They are larger than 6mm in diameter
- Evolves: They begin to evolve (grow or change) in size, height, color, or shape
Most moles don't need treatment unless they become cancerous, questionable, or if they cause discomfort, irritation or cosmetic issues. In these situations, Dr. Wilkerson may need to remove the mole(s). For surgical excision, the area around the mole will be locally numbed and a scalpel or similar device is used to eliminate the mole and some surrounding skin. The wound will then be closed with stitches. At times, if the mole is surface level, a surgical shave may be used where the area is numbed and a small blade is used to cut around and beneath the mole. Stitches are not required for this procedure.
Schedule Your Mole Check!
Whether you have moles that are bothersome, unattractive, or one that is odd in appearance (that could potentially be a sign of melanoma), it's time to contact Fort Lauderdale Dermatology to explore your treatment options. Our Fort Lauderdale, FL office specializes in treating a wide variety of moles from those that are benign to cancerous ones. If skilled dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson finds that you have a mole(s) that is cancerous, he will select the ideal approach for your care. We are dedicated to providing you with the degree of attention that you deserve.