Terminology in the field of dermatology is used to describe functions, aspects, and problems associated with the skin. The skin is the largest organ in the human body responsible for a variety of regulative and protective functions. Throughout the course of a lifetime, from childhood to adulthood, a person’s skin can go through a number of changes that require treatment by a dermatologist. If you do require a visit to your dermatologist, there is a chance you will hear a number of terms that you are unfamiliar with. In this article, we will go over some of the most common dermatology terms so that you can be informed prior to your trip to the doctor.
Moles are generally harmless skin growths that can form on any part of the body. Most adults have anywhere between 10 and 40 moles that develop at some point in their lives. In a majority of cases, moles don’t cause any problems and may go unnoticeable throughout a lifetime. Only when a large mole becomes physically uncomfortable or cosmetically unappealing does it make sense to have it removed. Luckily, with modern advances in medicine and technology, moles can be easily removed by a dermatologist or skin care specialist. Depending on the technique used, no scarring is likely to result from such a procedure. But if a large mole requires surgical removal, scarring is a likely possibility.