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Pointers With Portela: Risks of Having Moles Lasered Off

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In this week’s Pointers With Portela, the 208SkinDoc reviews on his podcast why it's dangerous to have moles lasered off before taking a biopsy.

In his most recent podcast episode, "You Could Be Risking Your Life if You Do This to Your Moles," Dustin Portela, DO, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon at Treasure Valley Dermatology in Boise, Idaho, discusses why it's potentially dangerous to seek cosmetic treatments for moles before having them biopsied by a dermatology clinician.

Some of the content covered by Portela includes:

  • Identifying "good" and "bad" moles
  • Lasers may remove the pigment of a mole but not the melanocytes
  • Melanocytes without the ability to produce pigment can change and become a melanoma without being detected

Opinions expressed are that of Portela and do not express the views or opinions of Dermatology Times®.

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