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A month ago I had a small brown mole I scraped and the scrape healed but there is still a red mark and the mole grew back a bit darker. Why is this?

A month ago I had a small brown mole I scraped and the scrape healed but there is still a red mark and the mole grew back a bit darker. Why is this?

Returning mole: Because the deeper dermal elements of the nevus (mole) have been left to continue to reproduce cells. Best to have "excisional" biopsy with pathology review! ...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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I accidentally nicked off a newer mole. Grew back a small pink bump. Do basal cell growths usually have hair growing out of them?

I accidentally nicked off a newer mole. Grew back a small pink bump. Do basal cell growths usually have hair growing out of them?

You probably: Have some scar tissue or the mole is still forming from the trauma. Basal cell cancers don't grow from moles, and typically do not have hair growing out of them, unless the cancer appears in a hairy area ...Read more

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Mole grew back 6 weeks after shave. Report compound melanocytic nevus architectural disorder moderate cytologic atypia. What's this mean, melanoma?

Mole grew back 6 weeks after shave. Report compound melanocytic nevus architectural disorder moderate cytologic atypia. What's this mean, melanoma?

Seek 2nd opinion: Recurrence of a mole makes it likely that it is a melanoma. You should get further surgery done by a melanoma expert (surgical Oncologist). It always useful to seek 2 or 3 opinions and go with the aggregate of the recommendation, provided to you. ...Read more

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How often do pathologists miss melanoma? I have a mole that grew back and although the pathology was normal, I still want the regrowth removed. But it would require excision which is a bit excessive.

How often do pathologists miss melanoma? I have a mole that grew back and although the pathology was normal, I still want the regrowth removed. But it would require excision which is a bit excessive.

Get 3rd opinion: Pigmented skin lesions are the most troublesome biopsies in pathology. The very fact of recurrence would make the original pathologist eager to have the glass slides seen by colleagues. Your physician can arrange this. And don't hesitate to have the lesion re-excised with a fair margin. A recurrent pigmented skin lesion probably looks nastier than any scar. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Had a benign mole shave removed. It grew back fairly quickly. Dr said because it was "young". But do I have to be worried it grew back as melanoma?

Had a benign mole shave removed. It grew back fairly quickly. Dr said because it was "young". But do I have to be worried it grew back as melanoma?

See new doctor: Shaving a mole is not a good treatment. A mole should be removed in its entirety and submitted to a pathologist for examination. You should consult a dermatologist for proper evaluation and treatment.
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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 mole shaved off. Then it grew back quickly. Had it all removed. Came back as atypical and inflammation. What does this and inflammation mean?

Had a mole shaved off. Then it grew back quickly. Had it all removed. Came back as atypical and inflammation. What does this and inflammation mean?

Only that the prior: "shave" caused irritation and inflammation before the definitive excision was performed. Atypical may also be part of the previous shave causing microscopic changes. It's gone now, so protect the area and avoid ultraviolet as it heals. Any sign of recurrence over the next year, return to your surgeon. But don't worry! And don't suntan! ...Read more

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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

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Mole removed. Over time it slowly grew back. Removed again and now shows dysplastic? Can original removal cause a false positive an subsequent biopsy?

Mole removed. Over time it slowly grew back. Removed again and now shows dysplastic? Can original removal cause a false positive an subsequent biopsy?

False positive: Although previous surgery and/or trauma to an area can create difficult-to-interpret pathologic changes, that does not mean that dysplasia is not present. If a mole is dysplastic on pathology, then additional excision is required (assuming the biopsy had a close margin). Return to your dermatologist for a full discussion about this. ...Read more

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Old 2mm sym DB raised mole became easily extractable, like blackhead. Scabbed (kept picking), grew back 1 mo, but w/sym LB surrounding it. Dangerous?

Old 2mm sym DB raised mole became easily extractable, like blackhead. Scabbed (kept picking), grew back 1 mo, but w/sym LB surrounding it. Dangerous?

Could be: Any mole that changes as you have described needs to examined by a doctor and should probably be removed and the tissue submitted to a pathologist for examination. ...Read more

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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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Slightly crusted back mole what could it be?

Seborrheic Keratosis: A seborrheic keratosis usually appears as a brown, black or pale growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back. The growth has a waxy, scaly, slightly elevated appearance. Occasionally, it appears singly, but multiple growths are more common. Seborrheic keratoses don't become cancerous. ...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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I have a mole on my back should I get it removed? It sticks out.

I have a mole on my back should I get it removed? It sticks out.

Have it checked: Have the lesion checked by your dermatologist. Sometimes a mole is removed it is bothersome or irritated by bra or clothing. Other times it can be removed if it is suspicious. See you dermatologist and discuss the options with them. ...Read more

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I scratched a flat mole on my back and now it lifted and it bled?

Benign spot: That's very common. It could be a benign tag or keratosis. If it's still there or grows back or u are concerned, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a smallish black mole on my back, please help!?

Get your annual derm: Check up now. Aad malignant melanoma: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied w shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more

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I'm very scared to get my mole on my back removed! What can you tell me?

Usually no pain: Your doctor will use a numbing injection prior to removing it and it does not take very long. If it is suspicious she will send a biopsy and that will reassure you regarding the diagnosis. Whcih ever way it goes you are resolving the issue so rest assured you are doing the right thing. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pain and feeling of discomfort on the back around a mole?

Get it checked: It could be that the mole is irritated by friction with your undergarments or other clothing. It is possible that it is infected. Another possibility is that the mole may be an area of skin cancer that is evolving and growing to a depth that is associated with sensory nerve irritation. Get this looked at by your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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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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I have a flat black mole center of back & turning can feel like it is tearing apart?

See Dermatologist: Any black flat mole should be seen and examined by a Dermatologist. Follow their advise. They may remove and send for biopsy or watch it. ...Read more

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I scraped a mole now its back and its a bit darker will it go back to its original color?

I scraped a mole now its back and its a bit darker will it go back to its original color?

It better!!: And if it doesn't, get it checked-out. Give it two weeks. A dermatologist would be your best bet, but your regular doctor could at least give you a good first opinion. Any mole that won't heal after being scratched, or grows in size, or has different colors in it or has rough edges you can feel is a cause for concern So is one that talks to you at night, but that would be a separate problem. ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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