Tanya Kormeili, MD Dermatology
Medical, Surgical, Cosmetic

Dr. Kormeili MD of Santa Monica Dermatology Group Los Angeles, CA, dermatoligist offers services for cosmetic, surgical and medical dermatology devoted to healthy, beautiful skin for life.

1260 Fifteenth Street,
Suite 709
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Appt (310) 917-4433
Fax   (310) 917-4432

MOLES

What Are Moles?

Moles are very common. In fact, most people have between 10 and 40 moles on their bodies! Moles can be flat or raised (flat moles are called junctional nevi while raised moles are called compound nevi). They may be pink, tan, brown, or a color similar to your normal skin tone, and are usually round or oval — and smaller than a pencil eraser.

Moles may be present at birth or may appear later on—usually before age 40.  People who have dark skin tend to have dark moles.  When surgically removed, moles normally do not return.

Not all moles are dangerous. However some moles can turn into melanoma skin cancer. Make sure your moles are monitored at least once a year.

When Do Moles Change?

Moles may darken during pregnancy. Moles may also darken after sun exposure. Melanocytes produce melanin, the pigment that gives skin its natural color. When skin is exposed to the sun, melanocytes produce more pigment, causing the skin to tan, or darken. Sometimes, clusters of melanocytes and surrounding tissue form noncancerous growths called moles.

When Should I Worry About My Moles?

Most moles are harmless and do not require treatment. However, it is important to first deteremine whether it is a harmless “mole” rather than an indication of something more serious. For this reason, it is crucial to be careful with your skin and aware of its changes. Everyone should perform a monthly skin self-exam. This is particularly important if you have many moles on your body!

How Can I Prevent Moles From Becoming Cancerous?

There are also some steps you can take to help prevent moles from developing into cancers. The following steps are even more important in Los Angeles, where we are bathed in sun all the time. To help prevent moles from becoming cancerous, you should:

-avoid sun exposure

-use a quality sunscreen

-schedule regular visits to a qualified dermatologist for skin cancer screenings; and

-monitor your moles yourself using the ABCDE rules for keeping an eye out for melanoma

Have a question about your skin? If you would like to discuss your moles or schedule your routine skin health check with Dr. Kormeili, please contact our office!

I had rosacea that caused redness and broken vessels on my face. Dr. Kormeili addressed all of my concerns and set about fixing the redness. I was super excited after my first laser treatment as the improvement was immediately noticeable. The second laser treatment made me look and feel amazing...

~N.F., La Habra

I had really bad psoriasis on my scalp that flaked all over my clothes, and it was so embarrassing to sit on board meetings in a black suite with white flakes. My entire attention was on my flakes, and worried what people were thinking when they looked at me, or got close to me at work...

~J.A. Los Angeles

Dr. Kormeili is the BEST!! I have a horrible phobia of needles and she calmed my nerves and had an extremely gentle touch. Painless office visit!

~C.E. Los Angeles

Whereever Dr. Kormeili goes, my mom and I follow her. I highly recommend her. My visits are always a great experience.

~M. I., Santa Monica

I started seeing the sad signs of aging. I come all the way from Italy, 3 times a year to get Botox, fillers… and of course my VI Peels. I have seen a huge difference. Dr. Kormeili is the best! I love her!!!

~M. I., Italy

I had multiple warts on my hands and legs for the past 5 years. It was just something I learned to live with. I moved so sunny Los Angeles and decided it was time to take care of this embarrassing problem. I had appt’s with a few dermatologists, but once I found Dr. Kormeili I knew I wanted her to treat me...

~M.L., Los Angeles

Excellent. Office staff are kind and barely any wait time. Easy to make appointments and amazing friendly/intelligent dermatologist!

~M. L., Santa Monica

Dr. Kormeili is a remarkable person and an amazing doctor. She’s exact, focused and thorough, and treats you like one of the family. The results of my treatments were beyond my expectations.

~C.S., Santa Monica

I had sun damaged skin with several sun spots on my face. My entire attention was on my face, and I worried what people were thinking when they looked at me. I’m a vice president in banking and image is very important especially in the leadership role I am in. I saw Dr. Kormeili 4 months ago...

~M.M., Torrence

I absolutely love this Dr. She is so honest. My skin looks great and I feel so happy with her service and recommendations.

~M.M. Santa Monica

I was working a lot and very stressed out. One day I looked up in the mirror and I had look like I had aged about 10 years and as a woman we like to stay looking young. So a friend referred me to Dr. Kormeili for a little Botox and fillers. She was great! She took care of everything that was bothering me and then some...

~D.E., Whittier

How can someone be sad around Dr. Kormeili? She is a burst of sunshine but most of all she cares about her patients. Dr. Kormeili knew and worked on my husband before he recently passed away. He would rave about her care and skill when he had work on his face done by her. I went to Dr. Kormeili after my husband passed away...

~S.L. Los Angeles

I started seeing the sad signs of aging. I come all the way from Italy, 3 times a year to get Botox, fillers… and of course my VI Peels. I have seen a huge difference. Dr. Kormeili is the best! I love her!!!

~M. I., Italy

I had been taking antibiotic medicines for over 2 years to help control my acne; once I was prescribed Accutane in less than 3 months my face was completely gone. Of course before taking Accutane I was constantly aware of my skin, always trying to find ways to hide it and sometimes it got so hard I didn’t even want to go to school....

~C.J., Los Angeles

SHE IS THE BEST! Considerate, compassionate and thoroughly professional.

~V.L. Santa Monica

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I started seeing the sad signs of aging. I come all the way from Italy, 3 times a year to get Botox, fillers… and of course my VI Peels. I have seen a huge difference. Dr. Kormeili is the best! I love her!!!

~M. I., Italy

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