Dysplastic nevi are moles that are larger than average (larger than a pencil
eraser) and irregular in shape. They tend to have uneven color with dark brown
centers and lighter, uneven edges. These moles tend to be hereditary (passed on
from parent to child through genes). People with dysplastic nevi may have more
than 100 moles and have a greater chance of developing melanoma, a serious form
of skin cancer. Any changes in a mole should be checked by a dermatologist to
detect skin cancer.
If the mole is found to be cancerous, and only a small section of tissue was
taken, the dermatologist will remove the entire mole by cutting out the entire
mole and a rim of normal skin around it, and stitching the wound closed.
Read more about moles, freckles, and skin tags.