When Dr. Roger J. Oldham introduces himself as a plastic surgeon, most people associate his profession with elective, cosmetic procedures like tummy tuck, rhinoplasty, and breast lift surgery that help patients who are dissatisfied with their appearance. But, plastic surgeons like Dr. Oldham also specialize in reconstructive procedures including skin lesion and mole removal, a procedure that can be preventative and life-saving.
The American Cancer Society publishes an easy-to-remember acronym to remind us what to look out for in moles in skin lesions. A is for asymmetry and is a sign of atypical growth; moles that are round have a higher rate of being benign. B is for border and clarifies that moles should have visible and defined edges or margins. C is for color to remind us that the most common lesions and moles are tan or brownish-in color. D is for the diameter of a healthy lesion—usually the size of a pencil eraser; any larger and you should watch it for growth. E is for evolution or change; what you observe in symmetry, borders, color, and diameter should not change and if it does, that’s when you call Dr. Oldham for in-office mole removal.