(Closed) Mole removal during pregnancy??? Help please :(

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have had my dermatologist remove moles while pregnant, there is nothing wrong with it.

Post # 4
4693 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

When I’ve had moles removed they just numb the skin and cut it off, it’s not a big deal! 🙂

Post # 6
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

The epinephrine is basically adrenaline.  It constricts your blood vessels in the area to lessen blood loss and localize the effect of the medication.  It should have a very local effect when given this way and is nothing like the shot of epipnephrine they give in a vein for more serious problems.  I don’t forsee this being a problem at all.

If it bothers you, they could always use straight lidocaine.  It would likely make more of your skin numb and would bleed a little bit more…. but not risky blood loss more.

Perhaps he’s jus being cautious because he doesn’t want to stress you or the baby at all?  It seems over cautious to me.

Post # 7
31 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had a mole removed at 15 weeks that turned out to be melanoma (no family history, just “lucky”) and then had surgery at 16 weeks. All of the doctors involved – dermatologist, OB and oncologist – were 100% comfortable with the process. The only thing I can say is that they only used lidocaine, not epinephrine, at my OB’s request. The oncologist mentioned something about a higher bleeding risk, but I didn’t have any problems at all. 

I wouldn’t worry about getting it removed.  It’s probably the last thing you’ll want to do when you have a newborn at home!

PS- I’m almost 26 weeks now and baby boy is healthy!  

Post # 8
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

I would talk to the dermatologist again and ask more questions– or get a second (or 3rd) opinion about both. 

More than likely, the Dr. is only removing it as a precautionary mesure, so there’s no reason to put your body under any more stress than it already is with the pregnancy– why not wait until that factor has been removed from the equation. 

As for the OB– More than likely there is no risk, but just because there isn’t a specific risk to the baby doesn’t mean there aren’t reasons not to do it at this point.  I don’t want to scare you with what-if’s but one example is infection. With mole removals, there is a small chance of infection while healing (as with any opening in the skin) there are of course thing you can do to minimize the risk, but if you’re pregnant, why even open your self up to the possibility? 

Honestly, I wouldn’t read too much into it, but if you’re worried– get another opinion. 

Post # 9
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hmm…I would def have it removed given your history.  There’s NO history of melanoma in my family and I had a mole removed that looked “kind of suspicious”.  The lab reported back that the cell division was so rapid that if I had waited even a month it would have been full blown melanoma.  I don’t mean to scare you but pregnancy hormones are also known to accelerate that kind of cell division.

Personally I’ll be continuing all my 6-month dermatologist visits the whole pregnancy and will want any removals done.  I say the OB knows what’s best for baby so why wait!

Post # 10
5109 posts
Bee Keeper

@Littlebean912:  We use Lidocaine with Epi all the time on pregnant women. It may make you feel, like… Someone just cut you off on the freeway and you get that flutter, but it’s short lived. It’s just because epi decreases bleeding. If I were you, I’d get it removed.

Post # 11
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Mole removal only requires numbing the area locally.  They don’t have to do anything systemic so I don’t see why it would have any affect on the pregnancy.

Post # 12
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I had one I’ve hated forever taken off during pregnancy. It wasn’t dangerous it just always made me self conscious. It had no effect on anything whatsoever.

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