Top
10
Doctor insights on: Does A Biopsied Mole Grow Back

Share
1

1
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

Dr. Chad Levitt
2 doctors shared insights

Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


4

4
I had a mole on back biopsied. Dr said it was very very slightly atypical, so she wants to recheck in 6 mos. if it grows back, is this a bad sign?

I had a mole on back biopsied. Dr said it was very very slightly atypical, so she wants to recheck in 6 mos. if it grows back, is this a bad sign?

Not necessarily.: Did she take out the whole mole or just biopsy part of it? Knowing that would help us answer the question properly. Get your follow-up as scheduled. But if it changes rapidly, call and see if you should go back sooner. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
5

5
Does bad news come back faster for mole biopsies?

Does bad news come back faster for mole biopsies?

Not necessarily : The pathologist reads all slides from a certain date of service in the order that they are processed. However, there are times that the pathologist will call the dermatologist before the report is rendered but conversely , there are times that more serious diagnoses require consultation or further studies that can hold up the diagnostic process. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
Mole biopsied 3 months ago came back as a benign congenital mole. It is now starting to growing back in areas. Is this a concern?

Probably not: This is likely is due to what we call 'recurrent nevus'. In other words, the biopsy showed a benign mole but did not completely remove it. It is now growing back. If you are worried, i would see a dermatologist to have it completely removed. ...Read more

8

8
If a mole is removed by shave biopsy & comes back years later and is re-biopsied, is it normal the original biopsy shows normal but the 2nd displastic?

Yes: it is common for a mole to change Sometimes just the irritation from the shave can make it come back dysplastic but there are many environment factors like sun exposure which can change it. ...Read more

9

9
Mole removed(w/out biopsy) & w/in 2 weeks it grew back. Not perfect circle & dark center & gets lighter until blends w/ skin around.Should i b concerned?

Mole removed(w/out biopsy) & w/in 2 weeks it grew back. Not perfect circle & dark center & gets lighter until blends w/ skin around.Should i b concerned?

Mole removal: First of all, moles should always be biopsied when removed. Often moles will regrow if the original mole was deeper below the skin and a shave removal was done. I would have original dermatologist look at the area who removed it to make sure it is just pigment regrowth from an incompletely removed mole. ...Read more

10

10
I recently had a mole removed and it healed up perfect. The biopsy came back pos. For basil cell. What should I do now?

I recently had a mole removed and it healed up perfect.  The biopsy came back pos. For basil cell. What should I do now?

Depends: Most of the time additional treatment is required. These tumors often have "roots" so to speak, and despite healing up, there is often residual skin cancer that will come back in a few months to years. Treatment at that time may not be as simple. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Coyle Connolly
1,062 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Coyle Connolly
479 doctors shared insights

Nevi (Definition)

Nevi is a clinical finding for a pigmented area of skin, such as ...Read more