Post # 1
hello hello! hope everyones chugging through their monday 🙂
i have had a long journey with a pre-cancerous mole on my face. its about the size of a pencil eraser, and on my upper lip. ive had multiple excisions, treatments, lasers, etc.. but now what remains is a raised, slightly brown bump. like a lighter mole. i really hate the way it looks (it kind of looks like a dark spot under my nostril, which looks like a booger. lovely.)
i have a consultation and an appointment to get it removed via punch biopsy (back to back) in two weeks. i am having the consultation first, then if i want to go through with it, i will immediately following. i have to drive 2 hours to get there, and im also taking the day off work.. so i want to make sure i dont waste any time in this appointment or get pressured into doing it if i dont want to! i am really concerned about the scarring afterwards. i really hate the way it looks right now, but i dont want to hate the scar MORe. has anyone ever done this? how was the scarring? its pretty much in the center of my face, so i am really scared that it will just make it look worse. since it was a 3 month wait to see this specialist, taking the day off work etc, i wanted to make sure i had all the info i could gather before i went into the appointment so i dont make a wrong decision.
Post # 3
I have a friend who had a mole that sounds like it was very similar to yours. She had it removed, and all that’s left now is a very very very small white spot. You don’t even notice it unless you’re looking for it. She says having it removed was one of the best decisions she ever made.
Scar gels and that sort of thing can help the scar really be minimized.
Post # 4
I think a scar would be less noticeable than a brown spot.
Post # 5
I had something similar on my chest. I think in the end it is better to have it removed and work with anti-scarring options rather than leaving it as is. To be honest I am really the only person that notices it, even my Fiance says he doesn’t see it unless I mention it.
When it is all over use plenty of fresh Vitamin E (cut open softgels) and Mederma for scars. I used both especially when the scar was fresh and it made a world of difference versus older scars that I didn’t treat.
Post # 6
Is your consultation with a plastic surgeon? I’ve had multiple mole removals and depending on the location a few of them were removed by a plastic surgeon instead of my regular dermatologist so the scar would be smaller and less noticable. Where your mole is on your face, you should definitely consider this!
Post # 7
I second MrsMcGyro-go to a plastic surgeon and review your options, especially since this is a prominent place. I’ve had several pre-cancerous moles removed from my chest and back but when I got a basal cell carcinoma on my hairline I went to a surgeon who specializes in MOHs, which removes the cancer/pre-cancer layer by layer to minimize scarring.
But definitely consult a plastic surgeon before you have it removed.