At Derm.ca Dermatology & Esthetics, we are dedicated to helping you with all your skincare needs. Here is everything you need to know about dysplastic nevi. If you notice any irregularities in your skin and have any concerns, including that regarding toward dysplastic nevi, please call us for a consultation.
What Is A Nevi?
Nevi, more commonly known as a mole, are clusters of melanocytes– pigment-containing cells of the skin– and can be a potential warning sign for malignant melanoma.
Many people have irregularities in their skin. Typical moles are small, round or oval, and smooth. They can be brown, pink, beige or the color of the surrounding skin. Common moles are usually raised, and there is a distinct boundary between the mole and the surrounding skin surface.
What Is A Dysplastic Nevi?
Dysplastic Nevus are atypical moles that are usually larger than common ones, have a less defined or asymmetrical shape, and may have a rough or pebbly texture. They are often non-raised or flush with the skin and their edges may be jagged. They can be a combination of colors from dark brown to pink, and the colors may fade out around the edges.
Dysplastic nevi can form anywhere on the body, commonly in areas that are more exposed to sunlight such as the hands, arms, scalp, neck, and face. People who have many common moles may be more likely to develop dysplastic nevi.
While usually stable, dysplastic nevi can develop into melanoma, a severe form of skin cancer, if left untreated. It is very important to monitor your skin and any nevus for any such alterations in color, texture, size or shape. If you notice changes, contact us today so our skin specialists can perform a biopsy and determine an appropriate treatment for you.
Should I Have My Dysplastic Nevi Removed?
A member of our team will let you know if there is a reason to remove a dysplastic nevus. There are many options for treatment including Mohs Micrographic Surgery which is the optimal treatment for certain forms of skin cancer.
Early detection of skin cancer is vital to successfully treat it and prevent its spreading to other regions of the body. Please book an appointment with us so that we can evaluate your skin and any irregularities that may or may not pose a concern for your health. We are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer including that of dysplastic nevus.