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Mole Shave Biopsy Healing
Blackish spot left at shave biopsy site after a medium brown mole was removed. Dr didn't think it was anything. Cause?
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
Shave biopsy of mole was benign, but mole has come back larger, darker and with "blurry" borders. Is this worrying or typical for shave biopsies?
Shave biopsy of a mole is not a good procedure. See a dermatologist at your earliest and discuss if the whole lesions ought to be removed and the tissue sent a pathologist for examination.
Wish you good health! ...Read more
Had deep shave biopsy done on mole that came back benign. After scan fell off, area has been red for two months. Looks like red circle. Will it go away?
Scarring: After about a year the new blood vessel ingrowth will lighten in color a bit. Most likely this will return to regular shin tone. If not, there may be some permanent skin pigment changes. ...Read more
Shave biopsy on mole done a month ago. Came back benign but it has repigmented. Is this concerning considering short time frame. Should I biopsy again?
probably fine: Most likely part of the mole was above the surface of your skin and the rest was below. If the mole was just shaped of the underneath portion of the mole was not removed andthat is why you can still see the mole. If you are very concerned you can return to the doctor and review the original biopsy with him or her. ...Read more
I had a shave biopsy done on a mole, but after the shave the mole looks like it’s still there. Is this normal?
Yes: It means that the deep part of the nevus remains in the skin. The procedure removed only the surface. Ask the person who did the biopsy. Why the biopsy? Lab report? ...Read more
Shave biopsy of quite normal looking 3mm mole, 1 day later dark area left in center. Looks dark brown. What could this be?
Shave biopsy for mole done, came back totally benign. Still have reddish pink circle after scab fell off. When will this fade?
Shave biopsy for regular shaped 3mm brown mole 1 day later has purple/blackish/maroon spot in the center of it biopsy site. Freaking out. Please help.
Biopsy changes OK: You are probably just experiencing the results of healing after your biopsy. You may be seeing the remains of the blood supply that went to the lesion. Give it a few weeks to heal. Make sure you follow up with your doctor. ...Read more
Depth: The main difference is depth. In punch biopsy you try to get as much depth as possible while in a shave you try to scrape the lesion without going too deep. ...Read more
Can disturbing a mole via shave biopsy or laser cause it to appear dysplastic on pathology if it came back a years or so after removal?
Not likely: A previous scar should not make a mole appear to be dysplastic ...Read more
Small, thin 2mm dark mole removedvia shave biopsy. "slightly atypical with clear margins" doc says done. Should more tissue be taken? Mom died of Mel.
Atypical mole: A biopsy report of "slightly atypical with clear margins" does not indicate melanoma or a need to remove more tissue. However, the accuracy of the biopsy report depends on the reliability of the pathologist. If your instinct leaves you in doubt, you might ask for a second opinion from a different pathologist. ...Read more
Suspicious mole pathology after shave biopsy unclear. After FISH test (negative)pathology is moderate to severe atypia. Is it necessary to remove?
Yes: Shave biopsy is not a good procedure for mole. Pathologist can only tell you what is in the tissue that was submitted, not what is in the tissue that is still part of your body. Biopsy of a mole needs to be an excisional biopsy. ...Read more
I had a shave biopsy yesterday on my leg and noticed that there is a large flat black spot in the wound. Mole? Scab? Scarred tissue?
Wait few days: To heal, and biopsy report if any additional treatment is needed. ...Read more
Hello. A shave biopsy revealed a mildly atypical mole, that pathologist said had clear margins, 6 months later mole has repigmentation in center. I am leaving the country in ten days for six months. Can I monitor the mole and watch if pigmentation increas
You can not: A physician can, reappearance of pigmentation is not the criteria. First find through your doctor, the management for next 6 months, may help you get some one to monitor it in that country. Or get it removed and analyzed (pathology) if it has no malignant change, you don't have to worry, then no need to monitor till you come back. ...Read more
Melanocytic Nevus with arch disorder and mild cytologic atypia of melancytes found from mole shave biopsy. What is the treatment for this?
Removal of nevus: Excision of mole is preferred method, it gives complete picture, not missing any area of potential malignant cells. Good news you don't have, but have atypical cells, so speak to your doctor for possible excision of whole mole and analyzing (biopsy) it. ...Read more
Dysplastic nevi: Generally I don't do shave biopsies of suspected dysplastic nevi. However if a deep saucerization was done it might be all out. It depends if the doctor thinks that the lesion was removed or not. If just the top of the lesion was removed, it should be re excised. ...Read more
Yes: Mild itching in a healing wound is normal. ...Read more
One day ago I got a shave biopsy done on my areola. Just a small piece was taken. Just wondering what I can do to help healing and minimize scarring?
I had a slightly atypical mole shave-biopsied in April. Will the dr re-biopsy it at 6-month follow-up? Pink scar w/ slightly darker center.
Had very slightly atypical mole shave biopsied. Follow up in 6 mos, dr said not to worry. 6wks, it's pink with a darker color in center. Is this ok?
Go back to doctor: Go back to the doctor and let them take a look at the place you have. ...Read more
I had a mole between my toes shave biopsies 4 months ago and it has grown back...it came back benign, should I be concerned it’s growing back?
Doing shave biopsy on a mole is a bad idea. The lesion should be removed in its entirety and the tissue submitted to a pathologist for examination.
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Mole color in scar after shave biopsies- 4 moles were removed & benign- 2 were 2yr ago, all 4 have bubble scars & looks like moles are in there still?
Go to dermatologist: Go back to the derm who did those biopsy and discuss the results and use plenty of sunscreen! ...Read more
Had mole shave biopsied, was benign. Do I ever have to worry about it again... there is dark spot and pigment on scar dr said was ok 6 mos after
1 day after mole was shave biopsied for cosmetic reasons, there is a blackish/blue spot left over. Dr never thought melanoma but now I'm worried! Cause?
Information: What you see is what is left over from the procedure. The entire mole should be removed. Generally it is usually possible to tell a good mole from a bad one, but not always. Many authorities believe that mole removal should always be complete. Gemerally a shave biopsy does not remove the deep layers. Treatment and prognosis of melanoma depend on precise thickness measurement. ...Read more
I had mild atypical mole shave biopsied 2 mos ago. Scar's pink w darker pink in middle. I know pigment may regrow, but can I wait till 6 mo follow up?
Follow up: That is a reasonable time frame for follow up. But if you notice worrisome changes sooner that don't seem like normal healing don't hesitate to call for an earlier appointment. ...Read more
If a dr thought a mole was melanoma, do they usually do an excision biopsy as opposed to a shave?
Excisional biopsy: An excisional biopsy is often used when a wider or deeper portion of the skin is needed. Using a scalpel, or punch biopsy tool, a full thickness of skin is removed for further examination, and the wound is sutured. Superficial shave biopsies are generally discouraged for the removal of suspicious pigmented lesions since they may not allow for optimal pathologic interpretation of the skin sample ...Read more
Shave biopsy on mole. Derm used dermatoscope & said it was scratched. Biopsy not atypical w/ inflammation. Doc wanted 3 more slides to 2x check. Why?
Not sure: When you say "doc wanted 3 more slides to 2x check" I am not sure what you mean. Did you mean the doctor wanted to do another procedure on you to "confirm" the diagnosis? Or did he want the pathologist to take more sections from the same specimen? Sometimes "inflamed" moles can look pretty worrisome and the pathologist will take more samples from the whole specimen. ...Read more
How can I tell if I had a shave or excisional biopsy to remove a suspicious mole? Dr used local &? scalpel, around margins of mole. Some pigment return
Talk directly: To the doctor to get all the info you need. Take care. ...Read more