I had a mole removed and it grew back differently. What does this mean? (photos)

I had a strange looking mole on my leg, I had it removed, but a few weeks later it grew back bigger and darker. Part of it is raised and hurts to touch.

Doctor Answers 3

Recurrent mole

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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

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There are two questions to be answered here before a good answer can be given.1.  How was it removed?2.  What did the pathology report say?I would definitely go back to your doctor and show them this.

Irregular appearing mole

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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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