skinmolesDr. Geller has extensive experience and expertise in diagnosing and treating malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and precancerous lesions.
He screens patients from their head to their toes to identify any moles or growths that might be of concern. He looks for any nevi, which are lesions such as birthmarks or beauty spots, which show atypical features. These might be raised or flat, dark or with mottled pigment, or with uneven or blurred borders. In most cases, they are benign, but they are evaluated against five main criteria–the ABCDEs (see below) – to determine whether further action is required.
The number of moles can also have a direct bearing on how innocuous they are, as can your family history. If after scrutiny there is a possibility that a mole could be dangerous, Dr. Geller will recommend a simple skin biopsy. This can usually be done during your visit, so that your wait for a diagnosis is kept to a minimum. The procedure usually only requires an injection of local anesthetic.

The alphabet of diagnosing skin moles

When examining skin moles, Dermatologists check for the ABCDEs of pigmented lesions. These are:

Asymmetry–does the mole have an uneven shape or texture?
Border–whether the edges are ragged or have altered.
Color–is the mole one color, or does it have patches or spots that are lighter or darker? Is it very dark?
Diameter–how big is it?
Evolving–whether the mole has grown or changed in some way.

Don’t ignore your Skin Moles.



Office Update

In these uncertain times we would like to assure our patients that we are open to serve your dermatologic needs.

Protecting your health now is more important than ever, and the safety for our patients and staff is our utmost concern. We are adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Dermatology safety guidelines to ensure the safety of your visit to our office.

We have implemented the following procedures and steps:

  • You can now check in for appointments directly from your car, and a nurse will escort straight to your exam room.
  • Masks are required for all patients and staff, and staff members are required to wear gloves.
  • Office appointments will be spread out to minimize interactions with others and to maintain social distancing.
  • Sanitary office environment. The office is sanitized and disinfected multiple times a day, including before and after each patient visit.
  • Staff are required to wash their hands before and after every patient with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs.
  • Telehealth Visits. We can also see patients virtually from the privacy and safety of their homes. For more information on the ease and convenience of a telehealth visit, please see below. Depending on your condition, we may need to see you at the office.
  • The Dermatology Specialists can now order COVID-19 antibody testing for all patients through local labs such as LabCorp and Quest. There is no cost to you per the 4/11/20 Press Release at www.cms.gov regarding Expanded Coverage for Essential Diagnostic Services Amid COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
  • Patient and staff safety remain our number one concern.

For telehealth instructions, download the following PDF Here