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A 54-year-old male asked:

Two raised facial moles cheek area removed 6 weeks ago by shave excision no sutures. smaller one healing nice. larger area ( 1.2cm by 1cm) still indented. doc says no need to see him again before 3 mos. is this normal? will skin fill in area?

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Dr. Philip Miller
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Family Medicine 48 years experience
Requires close : observation and reevaluation. I think that 3 months is a logical interval.
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Dr. Stanley Katz
Dermatology 48 years experience
See doc sooner : see doc sooner to ask particular questions regarding your surg site. seems to be a depressed scar, which can occur in this type of surgery, but you need to ask about the chances of it healing like that or improving with time...and your options.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Shave biopsy bad : Shave biopsy of a mole is a bad idea. Consulting a dermatologist is warranted.
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Dr. Stanley Katz
Dermatology 48 years experience
I tend to see it a bit differently. Usually shave bxs are very useful. There are different techniques involved depending on location and possible clinical dx. One would certainly always send the bx to a qualified dermpath lab. As a dermatologist, I feel strongly that most bxs should be performed by that particular specialist, esp when on the face.
Aug 26, 2019
Last updated Sep 3, 2019

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