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I had a facial mole removed by the shaving method. It is now flat but darker. Is there anyway to lighten it? Or does it need to be removed again?

I had a facial mole removed by the shaving method. It is now flat but darker. Is there anyway to lighten it? Or does it need to be removed again?

May need excision: There is professional debate about the removal of benign skin lesions - whether to shave them off or cut them out (excise them). Of course sometimes a darkened scar can be helped by topical applications of a skin-lightening prescription-medication-crème (e.g., hydroquinone). Nonetheless, sometimes the most effective treatment of a round scar from shave-removal is actual excision of the round scar. ...Read more

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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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Can cutting part of your mole accidently while shaving make it malignant ? It happens to me very often while shaving. That part grows again.

Can cutting part of your mole accidently while shaving make it malignant ? It happens to me very often while shaving. That part grows again.

Cutting will not : Cutting off part of a mole when you shave will not make it turn malignant. Part of the mole you keep cutting is likely in the middle layer of the skin. When you shave off the top of it, the cells that are deeper down remain and regenerate the mole. That is why it grows back. There's nothing to worry about, but you could see your dermatologist to have it removed, just to eliminate the nuisance. ...Read more

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I have a mole that's appeared on my virginia i noticed it when shaving i don't know if it's always been there? I don't think so i don't know what to d

I have a mole that's appeared on my virginia i noticed it when shaving i don't know if it's always been there? I don't think so i don't know what to d

Show it to your Gyne: Moles on vulva/vagina areas can be benign(if it is flat and of one color). Yet it can be a melanoma, a form of skin cancer( in case it has irregular borders and shows mixture of colors). A biopsy may be needed if it is suspicious. But only your doctor can help you in making this decision. So get it checked soon. ...Read more

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I have cut a mole while i was shaving and it bled for awhile I have put a bandaid and neosporn on it since the incident. What will happen to my mole?

I have cut a mole while i was shaving and it bled for awhile I have put a bandaid and neosporn on it since the incident. What will happen to my mole?

It'll heal: You should be fine. This is very unlikely to turn it into cancer. You're young, probably just starting to shave, and this is one mole you may want to have off. Ask your physician. ...Read more

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Hi. I have cut a small mole while shaving and this is not a first time. Is it ok to put the alcohol on the wound to disinfect it? Do i need to worry?

Hi. I have cut a small mole while shaving and this is not a first time. Is it ok to put the alcohol on the wound to disinfect it? Do i need to worry?

Keep it clean!: This should be no problem - it happens all the time. Any time you nick the skin, it is a good idea to apply first aid: clean with alcohol, and dab on triple-antibiotic ointment to prevent infection. The only time to worry would be if it starts to show signs of infection: redness, heat, pain, swelling, and drainage. ...Read more

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I've had a mole removed with shaving and laser cauterisation later. I now have a crater. What cream can I use to treat it?

I've had a mole removed with shaving and laser cauterisation later. I now have a crater. What cream can I use to treat it?

Scarring: This could be scarring. There's no cream which is effective for this. If the scar is growing, you should go back to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a 2 mm dark mole on my thigh on a hair root. I may have nicked it shaving but it had a tiny scab, I picked and it bled a lot. Should I worry?

I have a 2 mm dark mole on my thigh on a hair root. I may have nicked it shaving but it had a tiny scab, I picked and it bled a lot. Should I worry?

First let it heal: Then you can get a better picture of it. Remember ABCD. If it is asymmetric, with irregular borders, multiple colors, or a diameter greater than a pencil eraser, it needs to,be checked. If it is enlarging, or bleeding, or itchy, get it checked. And most of all, if you are worried, get it checked. Peace of mind is important too! Good luck! ...Read more

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So worried can touching black mold if you wash hands about 2 minutes later cause cancer? Also cn shaving over a mole if doesn't bleed/ not irritated?

So worried can touching black mold if you wash hands about 2 minutes later cause cancer? Also cn shaving  over a mole if doesn't bleed/ not irritated?

See below: The situation you described for the black mold, will not cause cancer. The mole is not easy to comment on. You should watch it and if there is any change in size, shape, color, nodularity or bleeding, it would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes moles?

What causes moles?

They are natural: Moles, "nevi", also called "beauty marks" are pigmented skin growths that usually appear at a very young age but can become more apparent with further growth. The vast majority are totally benign and don't require treatment. Rarely, if a mole changes suddenly, consult with a dermatologist for possible biopsy as abnormal cells may be present. ...Read more

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What causes Moles?

What causes Moles?

They just happen: They actually result from a couple of mutations happening in a single cell of the nerve sheath family -- schwann cell or actual melanocyte depending on the kind of mole. These lesions are subclassified into lentigos, several types of common nevi, and a bunch of others. Common nevi and lentigos are more common if you got sunburns as a kid. There's a genetic component. Watch your nevi closely. ...Read more

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What do moles mean?

What do moles mean?

Skin Growth: A mole is a lesion on the skin which is usually darker than the surrounding skin. It may be flat or raised. It may or may not have hairs. ...Read more

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How to remove moles?

Excision: Moles are removed with surgical excision.

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Why do we have moles?

Moles : Moles are simply a collection of cells (melanocytes) that develop over time . Genetics have a strong role . Any changing mole should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why do new moles itch?

Why do new moles itch?

Don't usually: Surrounding skin might itch for other reasons. Maybe eczema. You can speak to a dermatologist about it. ...Read more

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