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Do moles always grow back?

Do moles always grow back?

Not Always: It depends on how they were removed. If they were completely excised (cut out) they will not return. ...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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Do bumpy moles grow back the same if you get them removed?

Do bumpy moles grow back the same if you get them removed?

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

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Will my mole grow back after removal?

Will my mole grow back after removal?

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

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If I had a mole in my face surgically removed, can it grow back?

If I had a mole in my face surgically removed, can it grow back?

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

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How long does it take for a mole to grow back to normal if accidentally nicked off?

How long does it take for a mole to grow back to normal if accidentally nicked off?

It may not grow back: Depending on the depth of the "nicking off" it could be akin to having the lesion.mole excised, so there is the chance the mole may not grow back. Have it looked at if it does not heal. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Does a biopsied mole grow back?

Does a biopsied mole grow back?

Mole biopsy: It depends on the type of mole biopsied. If your mole is raised and a shave biopsy was done the mole could grow back. Intradermal and compound nevi have a deep component so if the biopsy is a shave, the deeper component may grow back but this may take a long time. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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 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

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Will a basal cell mole grow back 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 more

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Does pigment grow back darker after picking at a mole?

Does pigment grow back darker after picking at a mole?

Avoid trauma to it: Often times inflammation produces pigmentation and can spread outside the mole border. Let it heal and protect with neosporin or similar then have it checked by your physician. ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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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, 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

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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?

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 more

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Why would the center of a mole removed grow back darker? Mole was slightly atypical. Doctor was not worried but scheduled follow up in 6 mos.

Why would the center of a mole removed grow back darker? Mole was slightly atypical. Doctor was not worried but scheduled follow up in 6 mos.

Scar: Surgery the skin can cause a hyper pigmented of darks car you definitely need to follow up with your dermatologist to make sure it's not something serious ...Read more

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I cut out mole by myself on my upper lip will it grow back?

Probably, but why?: Cutting out moles is not a do-it-yourself project; dermatologists and surgeons train for years to do it correctly. There's a good chance you didn't get it all & it will come back, but your main worries should be and scarring, since I doubt that you did it with sterile instruments. See your doctor if redness, soreness, or pus appear. And in the future, leave the cutting to professionals. ...Read more

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Arter a mole is removed, will it ever grow back or develop cancer that's not visible for the eye?

Arter a mole is removed, will it ever grow back or develop cancer that's not visible for the eye?

Possible: Possible but unlikely if it was completely removed and was totally benign. If not totally benign, requires close monitoring. ...Read more

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Had mole shaved and it was benign. Has grown back in 3 months. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Had mole shaved and it was benign. Has grown back in 3 months. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes but not usual: When a mole (or nevus) is shaved, frequently the depth of the shave is not deep enough to remove all the melanin or pigment producing cells. This is why the lesion grows back. If instead, a full thickness excision is done, all the involved skin is removed and the lesion will not re-grow. ...Read more

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How can we grow new moles?

Sunlight: Exposure can stimulate the growth of the types of cells, melanocytes, that cause moles. If any of your new moles looks different from the others ("ugly duckling sign") be sure your physician knows about it and takes special care in evaluating it. ...Read more

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How fast do new moles grow?

Varies: Most moles do not grow.
Please see my answer to another question of yours and address your obsession about moles. ...Read more

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Are moles that grow bigger bad?

Growing moles: Growing moles could be skin cancer. Get them checked out as soon as possible by your dermatologist. ...Read more

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How fast do benign moles tend to grow?

Do not grow: Benign moles do not grow. If a mole and become larger, irregular, changes in color, becomes nodular or bleeds, see a doctor to have it evaluated and may be removed.
For good health — 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 more

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I have lots of moles on my back and am concerned?

I have lots of moles on my back and am concerned?

See a dermatologist: See a dermatologist and have the moles checked periodically by him/her. A dermatologist will be able to follow the problem closely and remove any that may be suspicious. ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

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