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Doctor insights on: What Does The Scar From Skin Cancer Vs Mole Removal Look Like

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Dr. Barry Rosen
4,224 doctors shared insights

Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What does the scar from a mole removal look like? Is it a circle?

What does the scar from a mole removal look like?  Is it a circle?

Usually not: The scar depends on the technique used to remove the mole. If the mole is cut out and the resulting wound stitched closed, a linear scar usually results, hopefully along the "grain" of the skin or in or along a crease. If the mole is "shaved" off or burned off, a circular pale area could result, with the circle being much smaller than the mole. ...Read more

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Can I have laser hair removal and isotretinoin simultaneously? Black American skin. Past laser mole removal while on isotretinoin w/o scarring.

Can I have laser hair removal and isotretinoin simultaneously? Black American skin. Past laser mole removal while on isotretinoin w/o scarring.

There should: be no problem with skin treatments while on isotretinoin. That being said, because you are more prone to scarring due to your skin type please make sure you are being treated by an expert. That means a Board Certified Dermatologist, Plastic Surgeon, or Cosmetic Surgeon. ...Read more

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Had mole removed by my dermatologist on labia. I read that mole removal due to inflammation can increase risk of cancer later? Is this true? Scared

Had mole removed by my dermatologist on labia. I read that mole removal due to inflammation can increase risk of cancer later? Is this true? Scared

NO: Removal of a mole does not increase your risk of cancer unless the mole was cancerous and was not completely removed. Please quit reading Dr. Google. ...Read more

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What is recovery like after scar revision & mole removal?

What is recovery like after scar revision & mole removal?

Varies by size: Small mole will heal within a few weeks . Larger areas may require some restriction of activity to minimize scarring. Discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Can I trust skin cancer apps, like skinvision to find out if a mole is benign or malignant?

Can I trust skin cancer apps, like skinvision to find out if a mole is benign or malignant?

Minimally: While skin cancer apps are getting more reliable, they are not yet sophisticated enough to replace an exam by a dermatologist with a dermatoscope and they certainly cannot replace the diagnostic accuracy of a biopsy. While consulting an app may be helpful, seeing a specialist is best to resolve your concerns. ...Read more

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Almost seems like it can a regular mole, so what is the possibility of skin cancer?

Almost seems like it can a regular mole, so what is the possibility of skin cancer?

ABCD melanoma: When in doubt, ask your pmd to check on the mole for you to confirm. It will be suspicious if there is change in the size ( gets bigger), looks asymmetric, has different colors, irregular border and if you have symptoms like bleeding, itches etc. The image here gives you an example how the melanoma looks like. However sometimes, the abnormality is not that dramatic. Ask your doctor to check it. ...Read more

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Does asymmetrical and sometimes itching mole necessarily indicate skin cancer?

See you derm: This are signs that the lesion should be evaluated by your friendly dermatologist as these may be a sign of something more serious. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


Dr. Mark Pack
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Mole Removal (Definition)

Mole removal involves excision of a nevus. This could involve either shaving off a raised skin lesion or cutting out a flat skin lesion. This can be done either for cosmetic reasons (unsightly mole) or to rule out skin cancer. I hope this information is helpful. Stephen weber, M.D., f.A.C.S. Lone ...Read more