Frequently Asked Questions About Dysplastic Nevus Treatment

What Is Dysplastic Nevus?

Dysplastic nevi, or atypical moles, are only odd-looking yet benign (non cancerous) shellfish moles “Nevi” is the plural of “nevus,” but both words mean “mole.”

Should Dysplastic Nevus Be Removed?

Normally, people do not need to have a dysplastic nevus or common mole removed. The reason for this is that very few dysplastic nevi or common moles turn into melanoma.

Is Dysplastic Nevus Dangerous?

Atypical moles, also known as dysplastic nevi, are unusual-looking moles that have irregular features under the microscope. Though benign, they must be closely monitored as individuals with atypical moles are at increased risk for melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer.

What Causes Dysplastic Nevus?

Genetics and sun exposure together traditionally play a role in the development of dysplastic nevi. Alternatively, sometimes they can develop on parts of the skin that received little or no sun exposure.

How Does One Get Rid of Dysplastic Nevus?

The standard method for removal of a biopsy-diagnosed dysplastic nevus is by way of surgical excision of the lesion with a 2- to 3-mm margin of normal skin followed by closure of the skin.