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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Change in Nevus:
The majority of congenital nevi are benign and do not require removal. A change in the size, shape, symmetry, color, or ulceration should be evaluated by a dermatologist as soon as possible.
Further evaluation with dermoscopy or confocal microscopy may provide additional information for the decision to remove the nevus to determine the presence of malignant melanoma. ...Read more
Prevention: Atypical nevi have a higher propensity to become cancerous. If it is excised that chance is eliminated. Sometimes we excise them to treat and diagnose at the same time. Sending the excised lesion to a pathologist for exam will tell us exactly what it is. ...Read more
Reduce cancer risk: Skin cancers like melanoma are totally curable when they are caught early enough. Changes in moles signal a possible start of skin cancer. If the doctor is not sure. Or if he/she is sure. The best policy is to remove the mole. After it is looked at by the pathologist, it can be determined if it is cancerous. Which may require a new surgery or not cancerous in which case it is now gone. ...Read more
Nevus anemicus: Nevus anemicus generally does not change much with age for many persons. This condiciton is characterized by pale macules of differningsize and shape. They are paler than surrounding skin and cannot be made red by trauma, cold, or heat due to blood vessels within that are more sensitive to the body’s normal vasoconstricting compounds. ...Read more