Atypical moles are unusual-looking benign (noncancerous) moles, also known as dysplastic nevi (the plural of nevus). Atypical moles may resemble melanoma, and people who have them are at increased risk of developing melanoma in a mole or elsewhere on the body. The formation of atypical moles tends to run in families, especially in Caucasians. Those who have atypical moles plus a family history of melanoma (2 or more close blood relatives with the disease) have a very high risk of developing melanoma. People who have atypical moles, but no family history of melanoma, are also at higher risk of developing melanoma, compared with the general population.

All high-risk individuals should practice rigorous daily sun protection, perform a monthly skin self-examination head to toe, and seek regular professional skin exams. Atypical moles will usually be biopsied to rule out melanoma and/or will be removed with excisional surgery to prevent changing and spreading over time.

Atypical mole treatment Portland

Knott Street Dermatology patients who opt to have benign (harmless) moles removed are able to do so with an array of cosmetic procedures.

Different methods for cosmetic mole removal include:
Shave excision (shaving down the raised mole surface)
Punch biopsy (punching out smaller moles)
Excisional surgery (cutting out flat moles and stitching the wound closed)

Many patients want to have moles removed for a variety of reasons ranging from cosmetic to health reasons. Patients can now achieve their desired look with access to cosmetic treatments provided by Knott Street Dermatology. And if you have any concerns about the health of a mole, come in and get checked with our medical staff to ensure your skin and body are as healthy as can be.

Contact Knott Street Dermatology now for a consultation or reach out to us on our website for more information on mole removal and which procedure is right for you.



Checkout our before and after gallery where we feature a few our recent patients. 






Our team is made up of experienced professionals
excited to help and provide personalized care just for you.


Alicia McCarthy, ND

Dr. Alicia McCarthy earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree from California State University of Fullerton in 2008 and her Naturopathic Medical degree in 2017 from National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. The twelve years Dr. McCarthy spent working in emergency medicine as an EMT set the foundation for the provider she is today. She now specializes in aesthetic medicine, dedicating her continuing education and practice to staying current on the latest techniques and products. Dr. McCarthy believes in aging gracefully. She takes the time to sit down with each patient and find out what this means for them.

Prior to joining Knott Street Dermatology, Dr. McCarthy had her own practice in Lake Oswego focused on aesthetic medicine, hormone balancing, thyroid conditions, and IV medicine.

Originally from Southern California, Dr. McCarthy has lived in Portland for the last eleven years. When she is not working Dr. McCarthy stays busy with her two young kids, husky pup, and husband. They enjoy spending time outside, camping, swimming, and playing at the park.

Rachel Almada advanced Aesthetician from KNOTT STREET DERMATOLOGY

Rachel Almada LE,CAE

Rachael graduated from the Aesthetics Institute in 2020 and recently acquired a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University. Coming from a dermatology background, Rachael has a passion for skin health and sun protection. Her favorite part about being an Advanced Aesthetician is helping patients reach their skin goals and watching their confidence build because of it. She understands that everyone’s skin requires its own unique approach whether it’s a treatment plan or a skincare regimen.

When she is out of the office, Rachael enjoys traveling, trying new food, making art, and doing pretty much anything outdoors – especially if it includes her Doberman-mix pup, Rubio!

Contact Us

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment please let us know. 



FIVE STARS Rating | Knott Street Dermatology | Best Dermatologist | Portland OR

Our patients’ feedback is vital in our improvement. Please take a minute to leave us a review and let us know how your experience has been at Knott Street Dermatology.