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Do Moles Grow Back
Get a consult: Some moles which are flat can be covered with make up, but seek out a consult from a facial plastic surgeon about more permanent removal. Some moles can be shaved off with good cosmetic results while some require full excision. I have found many patients are highly appreciative about their mole removals. ...Read more
Usually not: Depending on how the mole was removed. If the mole was removed all the way through the skin, it will most likely not return. If it was removed by a technique called shaving, it might grow back. ...Read more
Yes and no: it depend what was it if it was benign a good possibility it will not grow back IG malignant depend on what kind and how advance or deep it was most of the skin cancer removed with clear margin will not come back except melanoma clear margin is not enough it has to be staged based on the thickness ...Read more
I got a mole removed about a month ago and it is now starting to grow back. It was benign when checked. Is this cause for concern?
Cosmetic: IF the lesion was benign, the major concern is cosmetic. See surgeon who may take a bit more off. ...Read more
Is it normal for a mole to fall off and grow back? I've had it for about 4 years now. It's always fallen off and grown back within a few days.
Would encourage: You to have your parents bring you to your physician or a dermatologist so that this can be evaluated. ...Read more
Had a shave removal of a mole, which was benign, but it grew back. Can the removal change the cells to cause it to grow back cancerous?
Get is excised: A mole can recur which is probably the case with you right now. But it can also be a melanoma. I would recommend you going to a surgeon and get this mole completely re-excised and examined by a pathologist so that you will be able to get a formal pathology report just to be sure that you do not have a melanoma which has been treated as a mole, first time around. ...Read more
Had a small raised mole checked (dr says it looks fine) Is it still necessary to remove it or better to just let it be. If removed, will it grow back?
Monitor mole: Hello, There are many different types of moles, and most are fine. That said, any changes in an existing mole, or new moles as an adult can represent a possible melanoma. Since melanomas are the most dangerous type of skin cancer, it is always best to have any mole in question checked by a conscientious dermatologist and possibly biopsied. ...Read more
Two moles biopsied. One on chin shaved off, healed without a mark. A month later it has started to grow back a light pink-brown color. It's half it's original size. Should I see my Dr. again?
Depends: Basal cell carcinoma is curable as long as the cells are completely removed. The best chance of doing this is with mohs micrographic surgery. Occasionally it's not possible to remove the tumor completely because it's already invaded into the nerves. In this case the cancer can recur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a mole that is removed with laser a few years back. The mole did not grow back; however, the area is now swollen.
Raised scar: After removal of a mole by shaving it the scar can become raised. This is called hypertrophic scar. It responds well to injections with kenalog (triamcinolone) (a steroid). Certain laser treatments can help as well. As a last resort it can be completely excised. If the first time no biopsy was done you should so a biopsy as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Last time I cut a single long hair growing from my regularly looking mole (pencil eraser-size) it didn't grow back unlike previous times. Is this bad?
No: Do not worry about the hair. If the mole doubles in size, becomes irregular in size, shape or color, bleeds, ulcerates or develops a nodule, see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Had a benign looking mole removed for cosmetic reasons. Dr never sent it for pathology. How will I know if it was cancerous? Would it grow back?
Not likely: It is very unlikely that the mole will grow back. All of us have some moles and most of us do not get those removed and still do not get melanomas. All we can do is provide reassurance that you are no more at risk for melanoma than the next person. As I suggested earlier- Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer