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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?

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

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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Might I get moles checked without any specific symptoms?

Skin exam: Yes you can have a dermatologist perform a skin exam checking for suspicious looking moles without symptoms. Many abnormal moles do not have symptoms such as itch or discomfort but some may. ...Read more

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Do bumpy moles grow back the same if you get them removed?

Do bumpy moles grow back the same if you get them removed?

Get a consult: Some moles which are flat can be covered with make up, but seek out a consult from a facial plastic surgeon about more permanent removal. Some moles can be shaved off with good cosmetic results while some require full excision. I have found many patients are highly appreciative about their mole removals. ...Read more

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Dh has lots of moles on his body. Should he get them checked out annually?

Dh has lots of moles on his body. Should he get them checked out annually?

Yes: He should. Particularly if they are changing in color, shape, or size, in that order. ...Read more

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I have some weird looking moles I'm going to get them seen in 15 days are they going to remove all of them at once? Or do I need different visits?

I have some weird looking moles I'm going to get them seen in 15 days are they going to remove all of them at once? Or do I need different visits?

Hello,: It depends on the size, color and shape of the moles. If you have had them for many years and they have not changed, the less likely it would be removed. But let your dermatologist discuss it with you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When should I get a mole looked at?

When should I get a mole looked at?

Most are normal: Most moles are normal, but the real worry is about melanoma. Take a look at http://www. Melanomafoundation. Org/prevention/abcd. Htm and you will see guidelines to tell if a mole is abnormal. I I see a lot of strange moles on the face and body as an oculoplastic surgeon. Melanomas always appear abnormal. A mole with hair growing out of it is almost always normal as cancer destroys hair follicles ...Read more

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How often should you get a mole checked?

I recommend that: My patients have a head to toe dermatologic examination every year. In some cases the evaluating dermatologist might wish to evaluated more often than that. ...Read more

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How to get rid of moles?

How to get rid of moles?

Moles???: Best to see a doctor to evaluate and decide if surgical excision is indicated... ...Read more

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What sort of moles should get checked out by my gp?

What sort of moles should get checked out by my gp?

All of them: You should schedule a time for a skin check to have all your moles checked. But especially any that have changed color, itch, bleed, have irregular color especially with black pigment. Black irregular moles large than an eraser head are worrisome. You should get a baseline check and then depending maybe once per year. ...Read more

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When should you get a mole checked out?

See: Whenever you are concerned with a mole, have it checked out by a dermatologist.
Good luck from NYC ...Read more

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Will it hurt at all to get a mole removed?

Will it hurt at all to get a mole removed?

Possible: I apply Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream to the area I plan to excise for an hour prior to the procedure. This cream absorbs into the skin causing anesthesia. Then the area is injected with lidocain so the lesion can be absorbed. Generally there is no or minimal pain. ...Read more

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My mole hurts, should I get it checked out?

My mole hurts, should I get it checked out?

Not normal: A mole should not itch, burn, bleed, or weep fluid. It should never be painful. If it is any if these, please seek the attention if a physician to biopsy or remove the lesion. ...Read more

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How do I know when to get a mole checked out?

How do I know when to get a mole checked out?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with
asymmetry
boarders that are irregular
color differences within the same mole
diameter greater than 6mm

also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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What should I expect when I get a mole removed?

What should I expect when I get a mole removed?

Get a consult: Some moles which are flat can be covered with make up, but seek out a consult from a facial plastic surgeon about more permanent removal. Some moles can be shaved off with good cosmetic results while some require full excision. I have found many patients are highly appreciative about their mole removals. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a mole added onto your body?

Is it possible to get a mole added onto your body?

Tattoo a mole: People get "beauty marks" tattooed on their skin all the time. Try that. ...Read more

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Can you get all dermatology lesions and moles removed?

Mole removal: A dermatologist can remove as many moles as you wish but there has to be a medical reason for the insurance to pay for removal of the desired lesions. Thus, you may have to pay out of pocket for some of the moles removed if there is no medical justification. ...Read more

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Why do you itch so bad when you get a mole shaved off?

Why do you itch so bad when you get a mole shaved off?

Healing: Hi
You're describing something normal and very common actually. Basically, the sensation is your body healing itself from surgical procedures. It will go away on its own. More info on this for you - http://bit. Ly/2satcaf

Hope you feel better soon ...Read more

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I'm going to get a mole removed. Is it really painful?

Numb it first: Mole removal shouldn't be painful at all. Whether it is excised, punched out or shaved, the doctor should use some numbing agent like Lidocaine to anesthetize the area so that you don't feel it at all. All you may feel is the numbing needle injections. ...Read more

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I'm still worried about a mole? Should I get it cut off?

I'm still worried about a mole? Should I get it cut off?

It depends: That depends on the caractheristic of the lesion. Suspicious lesions for a malignant mole are irregular borders, with different colors, growing quickly, asymmetry of the lesion and having itching or pain/tenderness on the lesion. You should see your primary care physician, so he can take a look at it and advise you if it needs to be removed or not. ...Read more

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Is there any easy way to tell if a mole should get examined?

Does it concern you?: If you can look at a mole and it concerns you then you should have it examined by a dermatologist. Using the "abcde" at home screening method can help you single out one or moles that should be looked at. Of course, bleeding and pain or non-healing are also reasons to be examined. ...Read more

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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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Could I get a mole surgically made smaller but not fully removed?

Could I get a mole surgically made smaller but not fully removed?

Get a consult: Some moles which are flat can be covered with make up, but seek out a consult from a facial plastic surgeon about more permanent removal. Some moles can be shaved off with good cosmetic results while some require full excision. I have found many patients are highly appreciative about their mole removals. ...Read more

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I've got a mole on my backhoe do I get it removed and will it hurt?

Be seen: Virtually any physician can remove something like that. If it were on the face, or the genitals, you may need to see a specialist. ...Read more

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I have a growing black mole how should I remove it or get it removed?

I have a growing black mole how should I remove it or get it removed?

Agree w Dr Gallia: It is best to have a black mole assessed by your dermaologist and s/he will determine if biopsy and incision are indicated. ...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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Is it normal for moles to get bigger when you tan? Going to stop tanning btw.

No, it's not: And any mole that is changing is suspicious for development of melanoma. You should definitely see someone for this. And you should definitely stop tanning----yesterday! Don't pick at or scratch the mole, and apply high powered sunscreen everywhere. ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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