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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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Need dermatologist recommendation, should I get moles removed on my back?

Need dermatologist recommendation, should I get moles removed on my 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

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My husband had 3 moles removed by a dermatologist n we got a call back in 2days stating now needs surgery cuz they 're in a change mode. Surg in 4 wks!

My husband had 3 moles removed by a dermatologist n we got a call back in 2days stating now needs surgery cuz they 're in a change mode. Surg in 4 wks!

Second opinion: In many cases, seeking a second opinion is not only warranted, but necessary. Unless your disease is life threatening and requires emergency care, it is never a bad idea to seek a second opinion. Getting a second opinion helps you feel more confident about your diagnosis and treatment plan. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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3mm raised mole, 6 dermatologists looked at it. ..With dermascopy, and said it was fine. Drs said if it changes, they can remove it. Hasn't.Is this ok?

3mm raised mole, 6 dermatologists looked at it. ..With dermascopy, and said it was fine. Drs said if it changes, they can remove it. Hasn't.Is this ok?

Yes, it is ok: The mole has been checked out appropriately, and by the nature of the question, you are still questioning the diagnosis. If you are uneasy, have one of the dermatologist remove it. ...Read more

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I have many moles on my face, is it safe to remove them by dermatologist?

I have many moles on my face, is it safe to remove them by dermatologist?

I will not: I will recommend board certified plastic surgeon to remove any mole or lesions from the face. This is my personal opinion. ...Read more

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Moderate atypia mole removed. My dermatologist said no worries as worry only about high dysplasia moles in which we take more tissue to be cautious???

Moderate atypia mole removed. My dermatologist said no worries as worry only about high dysplasia moles in which we take more tissue to be cautious???

Correct: Not all atypical moles progress to malignant melanoma (form of aggressive skin cancer). Those with high grade dysplasia are more likely to progress and should be removed with adequate benign tissue resection margins ...Read more

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I have moles on my scalp - should I see a doctor or a dermatologist to have them removed?

I have moles on my scalp - should I see a doctor or a dermatologist to have them removed?

Mole: See a dermatologist (most training in skin cancer detection) to evaluate not only the scalp but the entire body for melanoma. ...Read more

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I have a small mole on my arm and on my side. Do I need to see a dermatologist or can a GP tell if I can ignore them or if they need to be removed?

I have a small mole on my arm and on my side. Do I need to see a dermatologist or can a GP tell if I can ignore them or if they need to be removed?

GP: Initial evaluation by GP is appropriate. If you have past history of skin cancer or a familial history abd the moles are changing in color or size than a dermatologist would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Went to a dermatologist. He found 2 dark moles. He said I should keep an eye on them. What does that mean? Should I worry? Why didn't he remove it?

Went to a dermatologist. He found 2 dark moles. He said I should keep an eye on them. What does that mean? Should I worry? Why didn't he remove it?

Good idea: To observe, few pigmented moles transform to malignant type the serious melanoma, where size of mole increases, intensity of pigmentation changes, some tomes will have ring like pigmentation with a hallo, then will need excision biopsy. Second choice simple removal histological analysis (biopsy) then you don't have to worry. Speak to your doctor and you want it out. ...Read more

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Dermatologist told me dysplastic moles do not turn cancerous and only high dysplasia ones should be removed in case pathologist undiagnosed? Is true?

Dermatologist told me dysplastic moles do not turn cancerous and only high dysplasia ones should be removed in case pathologist undiagnosed? Is true?

Basically: If your dermatologist is confident that a particular nevus is dysplastic and not melanoma, leave it on. Keep an eye on your skin. Folks with dysplastic nevi are at greater risk for melanomas. Stay vigilant and you'll be okay. ...Read more

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Dermatologist office called. Tiny mole they removed was mildly dysplatic. He wants to do a larger incision 'just to be safe because of an area of damage skin'. What does this remark mean?

Dermatologist office called. Tiny mole they removed was mildly dysplatic. He wants to do a larger incision 'just to be safe because of an area of damage skin'. What does this remark mean?

Mole: Atypical, formerly termed dysplastic moles are "graded" mild, moderate, or severely atypical. The biopsy is read by a pathologist and it may be determined if the mole was completely removed or not. At times, the dermatologist may use clinical judgement to remove more tissue if the results are ambiguous. Talk to your dermatologist regarding all options ...Read more

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Is it true that a plastic surgeon knows how to remove a mole while reducing the chances of scarring better than a dermatologist? How so?

Depends...: Many dermatologists do excellent mole removal, with the same care that a plastic surgeon would use. But some derms don't really enjoy doing surgery, and in that case, you would be better off in the hands of a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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I developed a halo mole after a sun burn my dermatologist took a biopsy and told me that it was a non acidic nemus heavily inflamed they recomended that it be removed how long can I wait to have this procedure done?

I developed a halo mole after a sun burn my dermatologist took a biopsy and told me that it was a non acidic nemus heavily inflamed they recomended that it be removed how long can I wait to have this procedure done?

Go ahead: It's your call, but if your dermatologist thinks it's nasty enough to come off, i'll defer to him/her. It can be hard to tell a very inflamed halo nevus from a malignant melanoma -- it could perhaps be a wolf in sheep's clothing. Whenever she says it's time, off it comes -- and congratulations on being a good observer of your body and a proactive patient. ...Read more

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3 protruding moles on face. Want removed. Price? Limited scarring choice? Dermatologist or plastic surgeon?

3 protruding moles on face. Want removed. Price? Limited scarring choice? Dermatologist or plastic surgeon?

Plastic surgeon: Moles are something that both dermatologists and plastic surgeons deal with. Dermatologists are experts at diagnosing the types of moles and conditions of the skin. They typically perfrm biopsies and shave biopsies. Plastic surgeons are the experts in "sewing" or closing wounds. For cosmetic mole removal plastic surgeons will remove them in the most discrete way leaving the most favorable scar. ...Read more

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My dermatologist removed a small dark mole from my breast. It was clarks, benign. The mole came back, still very small and much lighter? Is is normal?

My dermatologist removed a small dark mole from my breast. It was clarks, benign. The mole came back, still very small and much lighter? Is is normal?

Recurrent mole: If you had partial excision of the mole and it was benign then you don't need to worry and just monitor the lesion but if you have developed a new mole in the same location, I would recommend further excision by a plastic surgeon and having the tissue examined by a dermatopathologist. ...Read more

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Had mole removed by my dermatologist on labia. I read that mole removal due to inflammation can increase risk of cancer later? Is this true? Scared

NO: Removal of a mole does not increase your risk of cancer unless the mole was cancerous and was not completely removed. Please quit reading Dr. Google. ...Read more

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I have an irregular mole (mum died melanoma) dermatologist said to keep an eye on it or they can remove. What do you suggest?

I have an irregular mole (mum died melanoma) dermatologist said to keep an eye on it or they can remove. What do you suggest?

See below: You concern is understandable, however, vast majority of the moles do not become melanomas. You may watch the mole and if one becomes larger, irregular, changes color, develops a nodule, ulcerates or bleeds, see your doctor. Having it removed is another option if that would give you greater peace of mind. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my lady part. The outer labia I guess is the term. Should I talk to a gynecologist about getting it removed or a dermatologist?

I have a mole on my lady part. The outer labia I guess is the term. Should I talk to a gynecologist about getting it removed or a dermatologist?

Either is fine: Either one should be able to remove it for you. The gynecologist may be more comfortable working in that area and the dermatologist may have a better idea whether it is something you really need to worry about. ...Read more

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Is melanoma detection more difficult after a mid-face lift? I have had melanoma removed from my left cheek from a cancerous mole. I still visit the dermatologist yearly to check the moles on my face. Would this rule me out as a candidate for getting a mid

Is melanoma detection more difficult after a mid-face lift? I have had melanoma removed from my left cheek from a cancerous mole. I still visit the dermatologist yearly to check the moles on my face. Would this rule me out as a candidate for getting a mid

Midface lift: Having had melanoma does not preclude you from undergoing cosmetic surgery. However, if you had a wide and deep excision a melanoma with a complicated closure, it may complicate your procedure. Be sure to seek the advice of a board certified facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can dermatologists cut moles off? What do they use?

Can dermatologists cut moles off? What do they use?

Yes: See your doctor to find out if a biopsy needs to be done first. If it is cancerous they can remove it simply by excising and cauterizing, moh's procedure or wide excision depending on the pathology. Rarely is there a need for sutures, . ...Read more

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What do dermatologists do with a suspicious-looking mole?

What do dermatologists do with a suspicious-looking mole?

Remove it.: In general, if a mole looks suspicious to us, we remove it. Melanoma is not something you want to take any chances with. ...Read more

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