Mole Returning After Biopsy

I had a biopsy done on a mole 6 months ago. After I was encouraged by the skincancer.net community to follow up, I called the dermatologist office to request my results (it had been a few months). They confirmed the biopsy came back benign. After the scar healed, I noticed a new mole – almost 2 separate ones that are long and irregular under the spot of the mole that was scraped. Is this normal? Or should I be concerned that the mole is deep? Would appreciate any feedback from anyone who has had a similar experience. Not sure if I should be rushing back to the dermatologist for this.

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  • LizL moderator
    8 months ago

    Hi Marcia,
    Please keep in touch and let us know the outcome.
    We are always here for you…
    Hugs,
    Liz – SkinCancer.net – Site Moderator

  • April Pulliam moderator
    8 months ago

    Hi Marcia,
    I know you’re stressed out about this new mole. My daughter had a large raised mole removed in the fall last year. The dermatologist did a pretty simple scrape and biopsied. He did warn us that the type of mole she had could very well come back within a few months. If it does, he said she would need an excision to remove it completely. Not what you wanted to hear I’m sure. I’d definitely check back in with your doctor if the spot(s) gets bigger or does not fade. Wishing you the best! April, Skincancer.net, Moderator

  • Nina M moderator
    8 months ago

    Hi Marcia, thank you so much for sharing this story! I hope we’ll hear from others, but I would also encourage you to ask your derm. You might even be able to call for an answer as to general reappearance of moles. If you’re concerned about the spot, it never hurts to ask them to take a look! Let us know if you discover more! – Nina, SkinCancer.net Team

  • Eileen.B moderator
    8 months ago

    I haven’t had a similar experience, sorry Marcia — but I get why it raised an eyebrow! Sure, doctor appointments are a hassle, but please have it looked at by your dermatologist; I’m unable to provide medical advice for your safety.

    Was your benign mole diagnosed as an “dysplastic nevi” or “atypical mole”? If so, read an overview of atypical moles at https://skincancer.net/types-signs/precancer/ and a study about their recurrence after biopsy you may find interesting, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2886801/ as well as an NIH article on dysplastic nevi and risk of melanoma at, https://www.cancer.gov/types/skin/moles-fact-sheet.

    Let us know how it goes, I’ll be thinking (worrying!) about you. Sending you many protective hugs. -Eileen, SkinCancer.net Team

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