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Are there other names for becker's nevus?

Are there other names for becker's nevus?

Not really: Nobody really likes the terms "pigmented hairy epidermal nevus" or "nevoid melanosis". I have several colleagues who are physicians and/or athletes who have Becker nevi and all of them like it. If you have one, I hope you enjoy it as well. Richard Gere's is famous and he used to show it off onscreen. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


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Is a becker's nevus the same thing as a clark's nevus?

Is a becker's nevus the same thing as a clark's nevus?

No: Clark's nevus is a type of atypical (dysplastic) nevus or mole. Many dermatologists feel these are benign, some experts think they're precursors to melanoma. Having many clark's nevi always increases the risk of melanoma. Becker's nevus is a benign (normal) nevus that occurs on the trunk, often in boys and men. They're often large and light brown. Sometimes hairs can grow from it (after puberty). ...Read more

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If I have a 2 inch by 1 inch beckers nevus and i get it removed surgically, will it continue to spread? I am 20 years old.

If I have a 2 inch by 1 inch beckers nevus and i get it removed surgically, will it continue to spread? I am 20 years old.

Mole: Once a nevus or mole is surgically removed with clear margins it should not return. A dermatologist will be able to evaluate and treat. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 16 and I have becker's nevus on my chest?

What to do if I am 16 and I have becker's nevus on my chest?

Lucky you!: Only about one guy in 200 has one of these. Richard Gere is so proud of his that he chose to have it emphasized in his lovemaking scenes. Several other mainstream / erotic male actors sport Beckers' & several of my Dr. friends all like theirs. There's no significant cancer risk (just watch it). Laser Rx won't remove it completely, and it's likely that your future wife will totally love it. ...Read more

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How can I tell whether I have beckers nevus or a large birthmark?

Becket's Nevus: Becker naevus (becker nevus) is a late-onset epidermal naevus or birthmark occurring mostly in males. It is also known as becker melanosis. It is due to an overgrowth of the epidermis (upper layers of the skin), pigment cells (melanocytes) and hair follicles. It develops during childhood or adolescence on the shoulders or upper trunk, occasionally elsewhere. See your dermatologist for help. ...Read more

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I'm a male of almost 20 yo, I have a becker's nevus on the torso, and my forearms are getting hairier in all of a sudden! is it normal ?

I'm a male of almost 20 yo, I have a becker's nevus on the torso, and my forearms are getting hairier in all of a sudden! is it normal ?

Keep an eye on it: Only about 1 guy in 200 gets a Becker's. Richard Gere and a couple of other mainstream / "adult" male actors show theirs off; my physician colleagues who have them all think they're fun. The increased risk of melanoma is low; watch all of your skin like anyone else. Most young men get a spurt of thicker body hair around your age. Have a dermatologist evaluate the nevus now. ...Read more

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Might have beckers nevus on my right shoulder. It does look like it however it has been responding to skin bleach. Does this mean it may be a birthmar?

Consider no Rx: All pigmented nevi respond short-term to skin bleach, and skin-bleach will disfigure anything to which it's applied for long. Becker's or not, a pigmented lesion like this might respond to laser rx, or if you prefer you are free to leave it alone -- it's not going to turn to lethal cancer or make anybody sick, and there's a good chance you'll meet someone who'll like it. Your choice. ...Read more

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Is there a cream that can be used to improve skin thinning due to Becker's nevus? Pigmentation has been lightened with CO2 fraxel laser

Is there a cream that can be used to improve skin thinning due to Becker's nevus? Pigmentation has been lightened with CO2 fraxel laser

Your choice: Hey Andrew -- Usually the skin is actually a bit thicker over a Becker's as there are more arrector pili muscles. What you do about your Becker's is your decision along with your partner. It's a portion of skin extra-sensitive to testosterone. I know several guys with this distinctive, harmless, macho lesion and a majority like them. No cream is going to change the essential morphology. ...Read more

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What is a nevus?

What is a nevus?

Beauty mark: A collection of pigment cells that can be flat or raised anywhere on the body and change occasionally into atypical moles which are removed. ...Read more

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What exactly is nevus?

What exactly is nevus?

Brown skin blemish: A nevus arises from a collection of pigment producing cells and are common throughout the body surface increasing in many in adulthood. They vary in size and thickness, are usually benign, but are watched for changes as an indicator of the malignant tumor melanoma. ...Read more