I had a mole removed and it grew back differently. What does this mean? (photos)
Doctor Answers 3
A mole that recurs, especially so quickly after removal needs to be investigated. I recommend you consult with your doctor. If the original mole was indeed benign, it may be that the pigmented area was not completely excised and has returned. In which case I recommend a wider excision. I would want to know for sure that the pathology was definitely benign.
Mole Grew Back
Irregular appearing mole
When moles are removed, they can sometimes grow back with an irregular appearance. If the mole is benign we typically call this a recurrent nevus. However, any irregular appearing pigmented lesion should be evaluated by a dermatologist or other qualified physician. This one should be as well. There a few possibilities here relating to this particular lesion.1) It is a benign but irregular appearing recurrent nevus. 2) If the mole was initially removed and found to be precanerous based on pathology (a dysplastic nevus) it could represent a return of the prior precancerous mole. 3) The mole has developed into a malignant melanoma. Purely based upon the picture it is impossible to give you a definitive answer. However, the most important thing regarding this lesion would be to have it evaluated by a dermatologist as soon as possible.
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