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Hey Doctor, The Mole You Removed Came Back! Why?

Posted on 18. Apr, 2009 by in Moles

Why did that mole come back?

There are many types of moles, but I’ll discuss benign (non cancerous) moles that protrude from the skin only. If a mole is sticking out, looks funny, you don’t like its location, it’s irrttitating or is unsightly, then you may consider removing it. There basically are two different techniques to remove this type of mole.

Either excise the entire mole (excision technique) and place sutures or shave the mole off (shave technique). In most cases, if a mole is removed via the excision technique sutures are placed then a linear scar usually results. This method will remove the entire mole most of the time, but the draw back is commonly an unsightly scar.

Alternatively, if the mole is removed with a shave technique only the top part of the mole is removed therefore leaving the bottom mole cells to possibly return. The shave technique usually leaves much less of a scar, removes enough tissue for the pathologist to make his or her diagnosis, but leaves the possibility of the remaining mole cells to grow back. If the mole returns in this case, the dermatologist can repeat the same shave removal procedure to remove the recurrent mole.

For moles that stick out the best procedure for removal and leaving the best scar is the shave technique however, the possibility for recurrence remains. Therefore, if your mole returns, don’t panic just see your dermatologist to shave a little more off.

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5 Responses to “Hey Doctor, The Mole You Removed Came Back! Why?”

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    16. Jun, 2009

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    10. Sep, 2009

    Interesting article on mole removal. I heard about some home remedies as well, but don’t know how well they work.

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