Do Moles Come Back After Excision?

I've had three mildly atypical moles removed by excision surgery. Margins clear. Just wondering, is it often that moles come back? I understand they come back from a shave biopsy but for excision surgeries that went down to the fat tissue are they likely to come back under the scar? Thank you.

Doctor Answers 5

Return of a brown spot after mole removal

Once a mole is surgically excised with positive margins, it is unlikely to return.  However, if it does return, a prompt visit to your surgeon is warranted. 

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Mole removal

If a lesion is completely surgically excised and the margins were confirmed to be clear, the lesion should not return.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Do Moles Come Back After Excision

Once cut out and shown to be clear on a pathology examination, such surgically removed moles are unlikely to return.

David Goldberg, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Recurring moles after excision

Excisional surgeries of moles with microscopically clear margins are very unlikely to recur. Nothing is 100% but this is close. BTW, in my office we will observe the area after the initial shave biopsy of a mildly atypical moles. If any pigmentation recurs in the biopsy site in the future, a very small excision is done (often with a small punch biopsy tool) for a minimal scar.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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Do moles come back

First, done in entirety, moles don't come back from shave biopsies - and it removes the least amount of skin needed. No matter the type of excision, sometimes you'll be left with a small edge that may not have been entirely removed, but for an entire mole to return, I'd say less than 3%.

F. Victor Rueckl, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
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