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Why I keep getting moles/birthmarks on my face? Is there a way to get rid of them?

Why I keep getting moles/birthmarks on my face? Is there a way to get rid of them?

Consuklt a dermatolo: A skin specialist (dermatologist) is the best doctor to advise you about how to take care of your moles. You should have yourself examined and follow the advice of a dermatologist as some of these moles can change into a melanoma which is a dangerous type of skin cancer. Any mole can be removed if needed. ...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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How do you get rid of birthmarks and moles? Go to plastic surgeon or derm clinic or spa?

How do you get rid of birthmarks and moles? Go to plastic surgeon or derm clinic or spa?

Derm or plastic: This requires surgery. Laser can improve red birth marks only. Dermatologist will have more expertise in diagnosis of different kinds of birth marks and their implications nd perform total body exam. ...Read more

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How much does it cost to get a birthmark/mole removed?

How much does it cost to get a birthmark/mole removed?

Depends: If you are asking the actual dollar cost, there is huge variation depending upon where the procedure is done, what the birthmark is exactly, and the technique used. Ask the doctor is the best answer. ...Read more

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Can a birthmark mole become malignant?

Can a birthmark mole become malignant?

Maliganat % of mole: There are a small % of birthmarks that have the potential of becoming cancerous. Best to see a doctor in person for examination. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I cut off a raised birthmark / mole and tiny brown dots appeared in wound?

What does it mean if I cut off a raised birthmark / mole and tiny brown dots appeared in wound?

You did what?: Unless you are experienced at this doing that yourself is very dangerous. The brown dots could be coagulated blood, residual pigmented tissue or possibly healing tissue called granulation buds. Irregaurdless you need to have this looked at. It is very likely some debridement or other surgical work as well as a biopsy of any residual tissue. ...Read more

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I've always had a flat mole on my face. It looks more like a birthmark than a real mole, so could it be cancerous?

I've always had a flat mole on my face. It looks more like a birthmark than a real mole, so could it be cancerous?

Not likely: If it has been there and not changed for a long time, then it is very very unlikely to b anything to be concerned about. When moles change either in shape, size, color, or texture then there is concern for it transforming into a cancer and t should be checked out. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a birthmark (raised mole) in the middle of my eyebrows and I don't know if I want to remove it but I'm sick of bullies?

What to do if I have a birthmark (raised mole) in the middle of my eyebrows and I don't know if I want to remove it but I'm sick of bullies?

This is a good: Question, although it would be helpful to know if this were bullying in the workplace, by supervisors, coworkers, etc.

Regardless, before deciding to change yourself, at least you may wish to speak with a therapist about how to better strategize ways to interact more effectively with those who are treating you in immature ways that are based upon a birthmark. ...Read more

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Is it safe to remove moles with your fingernails? My sister (almost 17) does it and a non birthmark mole she removed turned a light brown color.

Is it safe to remove moles with your fingernails? My sister (almost 17) does it and a non birthmark mole she removed turned a light brown color.

Don't pick at moles: Injury to a mole can make the mole change and changing moles need to be excised. You need to let your sister know this as well so that both of you don't pick at moles. ...Read more

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Is it normal just get a birthmark or mole on the labia major?

No: If you have a mole or birthmark on the labia my recommendation is to have evaluation by a doctor to make sure it isn't cancer. If it is benign then you don't need to worry. ...Read more

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My 4yr old has always had a flat light brown birthmark/mole on top of his bum. I noticed it has got darker and raised. Is this normal?

Difficult to answer: Without a visual. If present since birth (ie, birthmark) then probably benign, but if you are concerned have it looked at by your pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my stomach that was flat and now it's bulging out. It's a birthmark.

Dermatologist: Any change in a skin lesion needs to be examined. Please see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a HUGE light brown birthmark on my stomach, along with dark raised moles. I also have new dark freckles appearing randomly. Dermatologist time?

If your birth mark: Has never been checked by a dermatologist and you are getting new or different moles, it is a good idea to have a skin check by a dermatologist. At your age, they will probably find that everything is OK, and recommend that you visit them periodically, but it's best to check. ...Read more

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My son was born with a birthmark on his belly. Since march it has grown 4 mole-like dots on it. Should I take him to a doctor?

Better safe. ..: Given that you have noted a change that is not temporary, I would have it checked by his doctor. They can help you decide whether to wait or to get a specialty opinion from a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor can remove a large nevi (birthmark)?

Many: It all depends on size of the lesion, location of the lesion, and experience of the surgeon. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon are both good choices. ...Read more

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I have a mole that s split down the middle and it s a little red?

I have a mole that s split down the middle and it s a little red?

Have it examined: I recommend you visit your doctor who can examine it. You can then talk about whether you should have a biopsy to find out more information. ...Read more

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Can my baby’s birthmark be cancerous?

No: It is almost unheard of to have a malignant birthmarks. There are several kinds that need to be followed and possibly removed at a later date due to malignant potential in adulthood. ...Read more

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Will my baby’s raised birthmark go away?

Will my baby’s raised birthmark go away?

Yes: If it is a typical hemangioma, most of the times yes! The general rule of thumb is that 90% are gone by 9 yrs of age, 70% are resolved by age 7, and 50% are gone by age 5. So, be patient and know that most will spontaneously disappear. If it is in a worrisome location (eg. Eyelid, nasal passage, etc), your doctor may refer you to a specialist for treatment to get rid of it earlier. ...Read more

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I have had a few moles/growths pop up on my back recently, my recommendations where I can go to get them checked or removed please. I have a smart essential plan. Don’t think it’s covered in my plan but I am just looking for assistance on where to go?

GP or Dermatologist: Most primary care doctors will have training in how to check moles and if they require removal are often able to do so. Alternatively a dermatologist or plastic surgeon could also be useful, particularly the dermatologist since this is their area. Here's some recommended dermatologists in the Johannesburg area if that's any help:
http://dermatologistsinjohannesburg. Co.za ...Read more

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Does my baby’s raised birthmark need sun protection?

Does my baby’s raised birthmark need sun protection?

Yes: Yes, all skin requires sun protection if your child is going to be outside for any extended periods. ...Read more

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I had a shave biopsy done on a mole, but after the shave the mole looks like it’s still there. Is this normal?

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

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I have a mole on my face that has been since child. Last 6 months it’s producing foul sebum. Only once did it swell up and then go down.

I have a mole on my face that has been since child. Last 6 months it’s producing foul sebum. Only once did it swell up and then go down.

Do you get annual: Head to toe checks of your skin? If not, sound like it may be a good time for a dermatological evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have birthmarks?

Is it normal to have birthmarks?

Yes: Many babies have birth marks and some, consisting of vascular lesions regress with time. As long as the birthmark is stable and not bleeding, there is no cause for alarm. ...Read more

Birthmark (Definition)

A birthmark is an unusual mark or blemish anywhere on the skin ...Read more


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