Post # 1
I had a mole removed today.
I put off having it removed for about 3 years. (Removal for comestic reasons, not health reasons. I didn’t like where it was in relation to my tattoo.) I was afraid it would hurt, I’m a huge HUGE wimp. But I wanted to get it removed before the wedding.
To anyone thinking about having one removed but that’s a big wuss like me, it was actually a breeze! The dermatologist came in, gave me a shot, and removed it all within less than 2-3 minutes. When he gave me the little care instruction card, I was like “we’re done already?!”. I didn’t feel anything for the removal, all I felt was the shot.
Post # 3
I had one removed about a year ago from my shoulder. It never bothered me, but it stuck out a little and grossed my sister out. My dr. wanted me to get it done because he didn’t like it. He gave me a shot and then did a punch removal. Pretty easy, hated having stitches though. Now I look at my scar and kinda miss it… I always thought of it as a beauty mark. Plus, it was in the same spot as Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s (the movie) lol.
Post # 4
I had one taken off because my doctor didn’t like how it looked (I don’t ever tan, I’m just prone to moles I guess). It wasn’t bad at all but the initial shot hurt like a B****!!
I also learned I was allergic to bandaid brand bandages. When I went to get the stitches removed my doctor couldn’t get the bandage off and when she finally did my skin came with it. OUCH!
Post # 5
I have also had one removed, it was a “healthy” one, but was under my bra line so it rubbed quite a bit.
It was sizeable, and I had it done by a plastic surgeon, it was quick though. I had the lidocaine (freezing) injection, he removed it, and in my case we used 1 stitch to minimize scarring and hold it together since the site would be subject to bra friction.
Having the stitch removed a week later was more uncomfortable (LOL).
Post # 6
@Ms Mini: Being able to feel the thread being removed under the skin was the weirdest thing!
Post # 7
I didn’t even have to have stiches, the doctor just put a bandaid on it (which I was told to remove in a couple hours and let it be in the air) and gave me some gel stuff to put on it for a week while it heals.
Post # 8
I have a small one on my face that I want removed but I’m afraid that I’ll hate the scar more than I hate the mole. There’s nothing wrong with it – dermatologist says it looks fine… otherwise I’d just have a plastic surgeon remove it. But i’m afraid that bc there’s nothing wrong with it my insurance wont pay for a plastic surgeon to remove it (they’ll probably consider it a cosmetic procedure). Good to know it wasn’t that painful though!
Post # 9
I had one removed last June. It took a while to heal completely and turn to the same color as the rest of my skin but otherwise it went really well!
Post # 10
I have two I need to get removed, one on my neck that is mult-colored and odd shaped (yeah, I know it’s bad) and then one that’s rather large behind my ear near my hairline. I actually visited a quick clinic and the doctor was like “you may want to get that removed” referring to the one on my neck :/ I’m kind of nervous about it but I don’t want a scar/lots of pain. I’m not afraid of shots but it’s right where my artery is so I don’t want them to cut too deep.
Post # 11
@beekiss2: I’m sure if they are concerned with it, they will do a biopsy first to test to see if it’s a concern and then if it is, they will do Mohs. My Mother-In-Law had that done and even though the scar was deep at first, it is healing well.
Post # 12
I had one removed a few years ago from my arm. It was a breeze, except that the doctor had told me the scar would be white, and it was red for at least a good couple of years. I didn’t care much but it was mildly annoying. It has now turned to about the same color as the surrounding skin, so it’s not very noticeable.
Post # 13
I’ve had a total of 6 moles removed. 3 on my face, one on my wrist, one on my underarm, and 1 I can’t even remember the location of lol. The only one where I can visibly see my scar is on my wrist because it took a bigger inscision and more stitches. 3 were cut off and 3 were “burned” off. I can’t think of the actual word for it, but it didn’t hurt.
1 on my face was along my hairline and they didn’t have to shave any of my locks (not that I would have cared). I have 1 behind each of my ears that I really should have checked out. The only reason I’m not is because my insurance prbly won’t cover it. I was on my mom’s insurance when the original 6 were removed and they covered it because the all looked suspicious.
Post # 14
@MaggieGirl: I had a cyst removed off of my face when I was 10 (it was right on my cheek bone, under my eye. Not a whole lot of fat in that area!). I had a mole (on the side of my stomach) also that my doctor didn’t like the look of, so I had them both removed. The mole on my side was a breeze, didn’t hurt at all, however the shot they gave to numb the area on my face did. It’s been almost 15 years now and I still remember the feeling of the shot in my cheek. The best way to describe it was as soon as the needle went in, there was an extremely bright and hot flash of light. Honestly, depending on where your mole is on your face, if you want it removed for cosmetic reasons and aren’t big on pain, I’d opt out. I was a kid when it was done, but I was a tough kid! I can guarantee that it was worse than breaking my arm (which happened 4 years later).
Oh and P.S. I don’t have a scar at all!
Post # 15
I’ve had two removed. One was on top of my shoulder and a plastic surgeon did it as shoulders scar easily. I personally like my scar more than my mole, lol. The second was on the side of my butt, haha. I’ve had it since I was little, but it started to look suspicious.
The first was actually excised and I got to see the hole before it was stitched. They had to go deep. The second was just “scooped” off. I also learned of a band-aid allergy with this one! Turns out I’m slowly developing a latex allergy… oh joy!
Neither hurt or was bad. I would def. get it done as far before the wedding as possible though to allow healing and scar therapy, etc..
Post # 16
Wow glad most of you have had good experiences with this. I had a couple removed that were getting rubbed by the underwire of my bra and the removal was very painful. It also took a good week to feel better and wearing a bra after the removal was done was awful. Luckily it’s a year later and everything is fine now, but it has definitely made me think twice about getting other things removed.