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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

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What is atypical Nevus?

What is atypical Nevus?

Dysplastic nevus: Researchers have shown that dysplastic nevus or atypical moles are more likely than ordinary moles to develop into a type of skin cancer called melanoma. Make sure your nevus is managed by a dermatologist. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysplastic_nevus ...Read more

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What is a nevus flammeus?

Birth mark: Red area usually on the back of the neck present from birth which does not require any treatment. ...Read more

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Can a nevus be colorless?

Yes: Some moles can be flesh colored (or light tan) and dome shaped called intradermal nevus. ...Read more

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What causes a nevus to appear?

Melanocyctes: The cells are already there and grow large enough to become visible. ...Read more

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Why does intradermal nevus come out?

Intradermal nevus: because the nevus cells are located in the dermis only. ...Read more

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Is there other way to treat nevus of ota?

Yes: Nevus of ota, described by ota and tanino in 1939, is a hamartoma of dermal melanocytes which presents as a blue or gray patch on face, which is congenital or acquired in the distribution v1 and v2 nerve. Associated ocular complications need to be treated. Good success rates & minimal adverse effects have been reported with the q-switched ruby, q-sw alexandrite, q-sw nd:yag lasers multiple times. ...Read more

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When a nevus becomes risky ? Thanks for answering my question :))

When a nevus becomes risky ? Thanks for answering my question :))

Risky business: Moles that are suspicious for melanoma have asymmetric distribution of pigment, irregular borders, color variation, diameter of 6 mm or more, may be slightly elevated, and may evolve or change over time. I have seen plenty of melanomas that have some or all of these characteristics, but i also have seen melanomas that have none of these characteristics. See your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I had a atypical NEVUS removed yesterday with around 10 or 12 stiches I'm concerned with busting them when I move any advice? In my back

I had a atypical NEVUS removed yesterday with around 10 or 12 stiches I'm concerned with busting them when I move any advice? In my back

Careful: Usually when you have stitches and pull on them hard enough to burst them it is painful. If you just be careful and try not to overstretch the area you should be fine. ...Read more

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Why do benign nevus's grow back if not completely removed? Why don't the left over cells just stay as they are rather than grow back again?

Why do benign nevus's grow back if not completely removed?  Why don't the left over cells just stay as they are rather than grow back again?

Growth potential: Nevus means new growth; nevi are benign neoplasms, i.e., small tumors capable of infinite but slow growth. Any nevus cell you leave behind may regress (die) or progress to a new clone depending on the strength of your opposing immune system ...Read more

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What is hairy nevus?

Hairy nevus: Is a type of mole that is present at birth. These moles do not usually run in families. They can appear on virtually any place on the body and about 50 percent of hairy nevi will develop surface hairs. ...Read more