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Doctor insights on: Is There Anything That Can Be Done To Lighten Moles

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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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What should be done to get rid of the white around what's left of a halo mole?

What should be done to get rid of the white around what's left of a halo mole?

Follow up: See thd doctor that removed it and get instructions from her regarding whether it is important to treat or if it will go away. ...Read more

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Im having a mole excision done tomorrow on my thigh. Is it ok to go excercise afterwards?

Im having a mole excision done tomorrow on my thigh. Is it ok to go excercise afterwards?

Depends : If the mole is small and only being shaved off, then light lower body exercise should be OK. If a deeper excision requiring stitches, then you likely will need a period of lower body rest. Ask your doctor at the time of the procedure. Upper body exercise should be fine either way. ...Read more

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How can I get mole removal done through excision without anesthesia?

Sure: However, depends on size, extent of excision, location, & your ability to remain still. If you are referring to general anesthesia, then yes for sure this probably will not be required. Local anesthesia is usually used, & is also helpful with keeping you comfortable throughout. Even the best intentioned patients can not help to have a natural reaction to withdraw from pain. Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) patch at least. ...Read more

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Is it standard practise to burn off moles (no pathology) ? Why is this done ?

Is it standard practise to burn off moles (no pathology) ?   Why is this done ?

Moles: Only things that are obviously benign should be burned off (a skin tag, for instance). But "moles" are usually pigmented (dark colored) and anything dark colored should be sent to pathology to be absolutely sure what it is. Even if the doctor believes it is benign, you cannot know for certain if you burn it off. burning off might save a few dollars, but that is not a very good reason. ...Read more

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Incisional biopsy- does a mole that was picked off, but needed biopsy, have to wait for wound to heal before a biopsy can be done?

No: The biopsy or re-excision can be done any time. You do not need to wait for the area to heal. You should go see a dermatologist or a primary care doctor who can check you and excise this area if there is any suspicion of melanoma in your case. ...Read more

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A large vascular mole on the vagina, how dangerous can it be? Was supposed to be removed years ago but was too scared to have it done

Vascular lesions: are not "moles". You need to see a dermatologist to determine diagnosis and decide if you want to treat. If this is a benign vascular tumor, you can choose to treat or not. ...Read more

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Nevi (Definition)

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