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Removal of conjunctival nevus on a 4 year old. Is it necessary or can wait until older?

Removal of conjunctival nevus on a 4 year old. Is it necessary or can wait until older?

Wait...: Nevi of the conjunctiva generally develop during the first 2 decades of life. In children, pure junctional nevi are common. In general, nevi of the conjunctiva are "benign" pigmented lesions of the ocular surface and are freely mobile over the surface of the globe. Unless a biopsy is required for ruling out malignant melanoma, a nevus is usually excised for cosmetic reasons only. ...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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I had a shave removal that came back as "Lentiginous Junctional (Dysplastic) Nevus with mild atypia, to <0.2 mm OF. Is this of concern?

I had a shave removal that came back as "Lentiginous Junctional (Dysplastic) Nevus with mild atypia, to <0.2 mm OF. Is this of concern?

No: If it is not a melanoma, it is of less concern. Being dysplastic, is a pathologic concerning point, but with it's small size, I would closely watch it. "Mild atypia" is the key to the answer. That is why shave removal's never really remove these, just the top layer.
If any increase in size, remove immediately. ...Read more

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I have a mole or nevus in my eye not sure what it is and want to know if its removal?

I have a mole or nevus in my eye not sure what it is and want to know if its removal?

Eye lesion: Only by seeing it, a doc can tell whether it is in need of removal or can be left alone. If it is bothering you, this should come out. You may either send a pic or request a private consult through this site or see a physician locally. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get laser hair removal on skin that is effected by Nevus Depigmenosus?

Is it safe to get laser hair removal on skin that is effected by Nevus Depigmenosus?

Yes: Laser hair removal is safe and won't have an effect on a nevus - but you should discuss the management of your nevus with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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After the removal of my conjunctival nevus, will my co-workers see anything noticeable in my eye on the next day? Eye patch or anything required?

After the removal of my conjunctival nevus, will my co-workers see anything noticeable in my eye on the next day? Eye patch or anything required?

Maybe: There may be some redness....reaction to the surgery. No eye patch generally needed unless a dressing was placed there by the Opthamologist who did the surgery! ...Read more

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After an initial biopsy, with a dysplastic nevus result, is it the dermatologists discretion or lab findings that should determine further removal?

After an initial biopsy, with a dysplastic nevus result, is it the dermatologists discretion or lab findings that should determine further removal?

The dermatologist: Uses the results from the laboratory, their personal knowledge of risk, and a discussion of the options with you to ultimately determine further treatment. If the laboratory results are back already, make a follow up appointment with your dermatologist to discuss next steps. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed conjunctival nevus in my eye. I have scheduled a removal in 3 weeks. How is the removal done and is there anything special after it?

I was diagnosed conjunctival nevus in my eye. I have scheduled a removal in 3 weeks. How is the removal done and is there anything special after it?

Complete excision: Benign lesions, such as your diagnosed conjunctival Nevus, may be completely excised with special scissors & the wound closed with dissolvable sutures. An antibiotic eye drop & steroid eye drop (usually in a combination form) are prescribed for protection and control of inflammation. Directions given to you are for protecting the eye (shield at night) and for preventing contamination of the eye. ...Read more

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Can pathology show false positive for dysplasia if benign Nevus previously disturbed via laser ablation/cosmetic attempted removal?

Can pathology show false positive for dysplasia if benign Nevus previously disturbed via laser ablation/cosmetic attempted removal?

Deramtopathologist: You need a very well trained dermtopathologist to determine the true cellular components of the dysplasia. Tt can easily confused with M.Mealnoma in situ... ...Read more

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Should I be worried about new moles appearing on my back after the removal of a bunch?

Should I be worried about new moles appearing on my back after the removal of a bunch?

Perhaps: If you have "a bunch" of moles that were worrisome enough for your doc to remove them, and now you are growing new ones, you should have the new ones evaluated as well. ...Read more

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Hello dr I have pimplese like black moles on my testicals since two years more please suggest me medicine for removal these things thanks in advance.

Hello dr I have pimplese like black moles on my testicals since two years more please suggest me medicine for removal these things thanks in advance.

Angiokeratomas: These are small black bumps that are most commonly seen on the scrotum. There are no creams for this condition. Nearly always, one has many lesions, not just one or two. ...Read more

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Do moisturizers help in removal of moles?

No: They won't touch them. You can have a nasty-looking one removed surgically for treatment and/or diagnosis. ...Read more

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3 protriding moles on face. Want then removed. What type of removal is best for face. Don't want scarring. Any other recommendations?

3 protriding moles on face. Want then removed. What type of removal is best for face. Don't want scarring. Any other recommendations?

Derm Dr.: This is a procedure that can be performed by most of us;but you added "scarring". Not even the best plastic surgeon can cut without any scar but a good dermatologist can help you decide if they or a plastic surgeon should do the excision. Please discuss with your dr. ...Read more

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Is laser surgery expensive to removal moles with insurance?

It depends...: If your doctor is a contracted member of your insurance plan, and your deductible and co-insurance level is reasonable, the cost should be nominal. Ask your doctor's office staff the check your benefits and provide you with an out-of-pocket estimate. This should be pretty close to your exact cost. ...Read more

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Is there any safe way for mole removal at home. Moles on face and neck came while pregnant. Moles are hereditary.

Is there any safe way for mole removal at home. Moles on face and neck came while pregnant. Moles are hereditary.

Risky: It is very risky to do mole removal by yourself. Please consult with a board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon, or Dermatologist. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are there any OTC mole removal treatments or home remedies that work well for removing moles? This is for cosmetic reasons.

NO NO NO: You should not remove mole even if possible, always need biopsy (histological examination) to make sure is not a malignant skin lesion (melanoma). ...Read more

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Can you get rid of moles using mole removal cream?

Can you get rid of moles using mole removal cream?

Don't think so: Over-the-counter "mole removal" creams probably work like the "wart removal" creams, using some irritant or acid to destroy cells on the skin. Moles have pigmented cells that include cells that are deeper down in the skin surface, so the cells that are not destroyed will likely reproduce to prevent the mole from going away. It's best to have a dermatologist look at any moles a person doesn't want. ...Read more

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I have bunch of moles all over my face, they really bother, they're all small and flat, if I had laser mole removal, will I end up with scars on my face?

I have bunch of moles all over my face, they really bother, they're all small and flat, if I had laser mole removal, will I end up with scars on my face?

Possibly: It depends on what type of skin lesions these are. It is best to see a dermatologist.
Some lesions will respond to topical creams or can be 'frozen'. These treatments typically leave less scar.
However, some will require excision (cutting) and this will leave a small scar for each area.
You can minimize scarring by always wearing sunscreen/avoiding excessive sunlight to your face. ...Read more

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I have non-cancerous moles on face, and I want to remove. Which procedure won't leave scars: cryogenic mole removal or radio-frequency mole removal?

I have non-cancerous moles on face, and I want to remove. Which procedure won't leave scars: cryogenic mole removal or radio-frequency mole removal?

Plastic Surgeon: They all can produce a scar. You want to remove the mole in its entirety to make sure the entire lesion is benign. Get a plastic surgeon to do it if you want to minimize potential scaring. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Surgery removal of a black mole on the facce if it's a bad doctor can I leave w scar. How do I prevent more black moles surge?

Surgery removal of a black mole on the facce if it's a bad doctor can I leave w scar. How do I prevent more black moles surge?

No prevention: You can't really prevent moles but if they are growing, changing in color or become inflamed it could be a sign of a malignant transformation and should be removed. ...Read more

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What's the best mole removal procedure? Laser, cutting.? I have a lot of moles on my face and I rly want to avoid scars, all of them are tiny brown spots

What's the best mole removal procedure? Laser, cutting.? I have a lot of moles on my face and I rly want to avoid scars, all of them are tiny brown spots

Freckles or moles: Freckles are clusters of flat, circular, brown (concentrated melanin) which are most often visible on people with a fair complexion. A freckle is also called an "ephelis". This is different than moles or Lentigines which are raised and have increase in melanocytes. You need to have a correct diagnosis and then discuss tx options. Freckles can be made lighter with LASERs, moles do not. ...Read more

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I have an infected dermal piercing that needs to be removed. Should I go to a doctor for removal or my piercer? If so, what type of doctor?

I have an infected dermal piercing that needs to be removed. Should I go to a doctor for removal or my piercer? If so, what type of doctor?

Piercing: I think you should have the piercing removed by your physician because it is likely that antibiotics will have to be started as well. ...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