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Moles removed

Postby puskaa000 on Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:35 pm

I've been having hundreds of moles all over my face and body since teenage years. They grow over time. For esthetic reasons, I've went to the doctor and surgically removed 4 of them (the big ones). They had been checked and no cancer cells. After a short period of time, a few weeks, new small moles came out and the existing ones started to grow faster (double up the size in a few months, and then stopped, no other changes).
After 5 years or so, I went again to the doctor and removed a few more (the big ones), and again the same thing happened: new moles in, and the smallest ones started to grow faster.
Are they connected? No matter how many I remove, I will still have the same amount of moles on my face. Should I just let them be? Thank you
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Re: Moles removed

Postby Dr Zainab Laftah on Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:16 pm

Dear puskaa000

We generally do not recommend the removal of moles particularly on the face for cosmetic reason due to scars. Sun exposure plays a major role in determining how many moles we develop therefore good sun protection is important and an SPF 50 is generally recommended. The moles themselves are not connected and once cut out (excised) they should not regrow. Occasionally moles that have been shaved off can regrow. Additionally freckles, which are harmless, are sometimes mistaken for moles. I would recommend you see your GP or a dermatologist about any moles or brown marks that are changing.

Best wishes

Dr Zainab Laftah
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Re: Moles removed

Postby Dr Anton Alexandroff on Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:51 pm

Dear Puskaa000,

I completely agree with the advice of my colleague Dr Laftah,

With Best Wishes,

Dr Anton Alexandroff FRCP(UK) PhD CCT(Derm) FRSM FAAD
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