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Congenital Hairy Nevus
What to do if I have a hairy congenital nevus on my upper right leg. are there ways to remove it with minimal scarring ?
Possibly: I would consult with a surgeon or plastic surgeon about the options you have available. Size and location may determine the type of procedure required and the potential scar. ...Read more
Often no Rx best: It depends on the case. Even good plastic surgery is likely to disfigure. When these are excised, they tend to grow back because they originate in the deep nerves and are resupplied with cells from there. Ask ten of your real friends whether to try to remove it or leave it alone. You'll be surprised. Invite folks to touch it for good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lucky you: Leave it alone. Many of the women will like it. Keep an eye on it -- if an area starts to undergo obvious change, have it removed promptly; you have enough time before it's dangerous. If you decide you just have to have it removed by laser or surgery, you may be disappointed. Better to enjoy what Nature gave you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Changes in Moles: Whenever you have a mole that has changed, the safe thing to do is have a dermatologist check it out. Fortunately by seeing a doctor early, the majority of malignant melanomas, the skin cancer that can form from moles, are treated by simply excising them. Early examination is the key! ...Read more
Sometimes: There is a ton of variability within skin lesions. Some very bland lesions can have cancer, and others that look very ugly can be free of cancer. Fortunately, the "abcd" of skin lesions is useful to decide which need a biopsy. Asymmetry, irregular borders, dark or irregular color, or a diameter greater than 6 mm are higher risk features. Finally, if a nevus is changing that should prompt biopsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mole came back as compound nevus with congenital features. It was a scallop biopsy and the mole regrew in places within 2 months. Dr wasn't concerned and said it's normal to see this. Should i worry?
Compuond nevus, : You have a recurrent nevus. If the diagnosis was compound nevus with congenital features you should not worry. As long as there was not any dysplasia. However pathologic interpretation of a reexcised recurrent nevus can be problematic so if you were to get the regrowth excised be certain the pathologist knows that this is a recurrent lesion after a shave biopsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer