Becker’s Nevus (Becker’s melanosis, Becker’s pigmentary hamartoma, Nevoid melanosis Pigmented hairy epidermal nevus)

Becker’s Nevus:

  • Is also known by the names:
    • Becker’s melanosis
    • Becker’s pigmentary hamartoma
    • Nevoid melanosis
    • Pigmented hairy epidermal nevus
  • Usually affects 1 in 200 young men, and is sometimes seen in young women
  • Usually appears around the age of 12 to 14
  • Is usually located on a shoulder, the side of the chest or the upper back
  • Sometimes may consist of a flat brown patch anywhere from 5 cm to 25 cm in diameter and usually increases slowly in size
  • Often has an increased number of dark hairs in it, compared with the surrounding skin
  • Is of unknown cause, but 25% of cases are triggered by a sunburn
  • Is benign – not malignant or cancerous
    • It is extremely rare for skin cancer to develop within a Becker’s nevus, but it is still important to notify your doctor of any changes in size, shape or colour of the lesion
  • As Becker’s nevus is considered a benign lesion, treatment is generally not necessary except for cosmetic purposes
  • Shaving or trimming can be effective in removing unwanted hair

Which aesthetic procedures can be used for a Becker’s Nevus?

  • Laser Hair Removal
    • All skin colours can be treated
    • Laser hair removal is very effective to remove and reduce the hair within the lesion
    • A different laser is required to remove the brown skin discoloration
      • The brown discolouration is much more difficult to remove, and frequently recurs after laser treatment
    • Almost any area with unwanted hair can be treated including:
      • Face
      • Underarms
      • Bikini
      • Arms and Legs
      • Chest and Back
    • To learn more about Laser Hair Removal, please click here

When can I start having treatments?

  • Today!
  • For your convenience, the services above are available in my office

Becker’s Nevus – Shoulder

Becker’s Nevus – Shoulder

Becker’s Nevus – Chest

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