Esthetician's Guide to Dysplastic Nevi

This condition appears in the ASCP SkinPro app

What is Dysplastic Nevi?

An atypical mole that has similar characteristics to a malignant melanoma. Dysplastic nevi are believed to be familial.

What Does Dysplastic Nevi Look Like?

  • Dysplastic nevi often have similar characteristics to a malignant melanoma.
  • Larger than a pencil eraser.
  • Irregular coloration and borders.

Dysplastic Nevi Treatment Considerations

  • Clients should be referred to a dermatologist for evaluation and potential removal and biopsy.
  • Clients with dysplastic nevi tend to have numerous lesions. They need to be monitored carefully for changes in the lesions.

Dysplastic Nevi Contraindications

  • Do not directly treat dysplastic nevi lesions. Refer the client to their dermatologist.
  • Never laser or destroy these nevi. They must be excised so they may be biopsied to ensure they are not malignant.
  • Do not use microneedling, laser or light energy procedures, peeling, or microdermabrasion directly over the lesion.
  • Avoid using alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids directly over the lesion.

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