Recurrent Atypical Moles

Video Transcript

Here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist!

All right, so what do you do if atypical mole that was biopsied comes back? You know, I personally believe that whether an atypical mole was a mild, a moderate or severely atypical mole. If that was biopsied and starts to come back, regardless of how it looks, I personally recommend that for the vast majority of cases you actually cut those out and stitch them up, and here’s the logic. So if these atypical mole have a very low but possible chance of turning into a melanoma skin cancer and they’re coming back. Then I can’t see the depth of the lesion and if you recall from the melanoma skin cancer videos, depth is the most important thing when we’re talking about the concept of melanoma. So if these atypical moles have a very low chance of turning into a melanoma and if depth is the most important part of Melanoma diagnosis for your overall prognosis and if I can’t assess depth by my eyes, all I can assess is width, then personally I think they should be cut out. Now. We have videos on atypical moles. We have videos on excision, so you know what cutting them out looks like but the most important thing is to talk to your local dermatologist and have a conversation with them so that you can make an educated decision for your health.