A 27-year-old female asked:
had mole shaved and it was benign. has grown back in 3 months. can melanoma grow under a benign mole?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Jackson answered
43 years experience Dermatology
Not usually: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options.
Answered on Apr 28, 2013
Dr. Travis Kidner answered
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Not typically: Show this to your friendly dermatologist.
Answered on Apr 30, 2013
Dr. Eugene Sidoti answered
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes but not usual: When a mole (or nevus) is shaved, frequently the depth of the shave is not deep enough to remove all of the melanin or pigment producing cells. This is why the lesion grows back. If instead, a full thickness excision is done, all of the involved skin is removed and the lesion will not re-grow.
Answered on Apr 10, 2018
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