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Pigmentation in scar tissue

Forums Cutaneous Melanoma Community Pigmentation in scar tissue

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    Michelle820
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      Hello, was wondering if someone could help me. I had a WLE in late December for a melanoma in situ on my chest area. Margins were clean, etc. While doing my skin check today, I noticed a few pigmented areas at the end of the scar. It's hard to know if there were there initially? Because of how the skin goes through so many color variations during the healing process. Plus, I used a new "MoleScope" device to take pictures of my moles, so of course it magnified the area. Now I am uncertain if this "normal" or not. I only had an insitu, so I wouldnt think anything could recur or spread? But don't also want to blow it off either:/

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        jennunicorn
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          NED

          I've had spots of pigmentation come and go from my WLE scar, it's pretty normal. Doesn't hurt to make a derm appointment to get it checked out if it doesn't go away, but I wouldn't overly worry about it.

            Michelle820
            Participant

              Thanks for your reply, Jen! I should've added it is brown pigmentation. I will let the derm know…thinking it was part of another nevi or two that just got stuck in the end of the scar? 

              jennunicorn
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                NED

                Very possible. I noticed a lot of new brown freckles around my scar that I never had before, but they're not related to mel, so who knows.

              Hikeratheart
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                Hi, just wondering about the Molescope? Can you explain? Thanks!

                  Michelle820
                  Participant

                    Hi:) I have to say I am very impressed with it so far! If you google MoleScope  on the app store you will find it. I believe it is free. And it allows you to take pictures of your moles and organize it in a very professional way. It even allows you to compare previous pictures from older dates. I just purchased the scope which can attach to your cell phone.  It cost $100. And I believe it was well worth it. My dermatologist was very impressed also. I wish I could share some of the pictures to show you. If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask me it has given me some peace of mind on a few suspicious moles. By the way you do not need to purchase the scope you can still use the camera on your phone.  However,  the scope allows you to zoom in and magnify the skin which is amazing.

                    jennunicorn
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                      NED

                      My derm has that on her phone, she uses it to take pics of a mole we want to watch or one she removes. I thought it was really cool. If I was a person with a lot of moles I would totally invest in one.

                      Michelle820
                      Participant

                        I agree! I have so many it drives me crazy. This device and app have helped me better manage my skin. I also had the body photography, however, everything looks so tiny on the photos so it's hard to check for change-but the pics r good to see if it's a new mole or not, I suppose. 

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