Ever Had A Mole Removed?

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    Nov 11, 2007 8:01 PM GMT
    I have a few I''d like to get rid of. Seems the older you get they just pop up here and there. So I have a few questions: does it hurt to have them removed? Leave a scar? Anything available over-the-counter to do this? Ya know like they have those wart removers. Oh yes, also, is it expensive?
    Thx in advance for answers!
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    Nov 11, 2007 8:10 PM GMT
    I've had several moles removed over the years. None stand out in my mind as having been painful; I'm pretty sure the doctor injected a local anesthetic before doing it. The only one I even remember the location of is the raised third eye I used to have in center of my chest, and I can still see a very faint scar from where it used to be. As for cost, it's been quite a few years since I last had one lopped off, and a doctor's visit probably costs a lot less in rural Iowa than NYC.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 11, 2007 8:42 PM GMT
    Keep an eye on any moles that don't have a clean, defined border and/or have more than one color to them.

    If you are fair complected and had some severe sunburns as a kid, I recommend going to see a dermatologist. It increases your chances of developing melanoma as an adult.

    I went to a dermatologist for an unrelated issue, and part of his routine is a full head to toe check. I've had quite a few removed now. It's normally done in the office and leaves the tiniest of scars.
  • Salubrious

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    Nov 11, 2007 9:47 PM GMT
    Had a few removed: one on my neck (the car looks almost like a hickey, unfortunately) and one on my back, which the doc didn't stitch up for some reason, can't remember why, and it's almost like a mini crater on my back. Neither of them hurt, though. Can be a little weird feeling the tug of the skin and the burning from the cauterizing, but no pain.
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    Nov 11, 2007 10:06 PM GMT
    Just have doc drop a couple of drops of liquid nitrogen on them and they'll scab, fall off, and be gone forever.

    Just go get it done, and move forward.
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    Nov 11, 2007 11:41 PM GMT
    Thx so far folks for your input and Chucky i'll take that as advice and not a biotchy comment. Part of the reson I was asking is b/c I don't have insurance right now and was also wondering if anyone had just gone and had it done w/o insurance and what that might cost.
    Thx again.
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    Nov 11, 2007 11:58 PM GMT
    I have had many removed, by having them burnt off or surgical removed, dependant upon the the size, colour and or location.

    This problem is once you find them, the body has change the pigment of the skin, in my case it came from early childhood running around and playing in the full sun as a child.

    So if like me you spent a lot of time in the sun as a child you will more than likely get many more and as you older they will appear more often.

    Neither procedure is really painul it is just the healing process.

    Here in Australia, to have them removed and analyized is free as our Federal Govenment picks up the tab.

    What ever you do, do not leave to long to have them checked as they can caused death if you get the wrong one's.
  • olden

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    Nov 12, 2007 4:38 AM GMT
    Timberoo is right on target. A lot of melanomas start as mole-like growths. Such growths are surgically removed, and the doctor will cut away enough of the good tissue surrounding the growth to ensure that he has "clean margins" tissue that shows no cancerous invasion. If the doctor is good, no scars develop when the sutures are removed.

    A couple hundred dollars for the removal is better than death, and believe me, melanomas kill.

    People who have had extensive exposure to sunshine are more at risk. So all you surfers - beware !!
  • healthy1

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    Nov 13, 2007 5:15 AM GMT
    I had one removed a couple months ago. Mine was a quick and easy procedure that was done right in the doctor's office. The doctor's charge was $180. But keep in mind that the doctor will probably send the removed tissue to a lab for analysis (to make sure it's not cancerous), and there will be a separate lab charge. I was a little irritated to learn that the lab charge for mine was $200! It costs more to analyze it than to remove it??? icon_mad.gif Still, it's worth it to make sure you don't have skin cancer.
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    Nov 13, 2007 5:35 AM GMT
    Have to chime in on this one.

    As a melanoma surviver, I definitely recommend seeing a dermatologist and having any suspicious moles removed. As someone above said, a couple hundred dollars is worth your life. Plus... if you have no insurance and are lower income, you should talk to a social worker as there may be some program or low-cost insurance available to help you.

    Ironically, I have only had five moles removed. Two were "normal," two were displastic, which is abnormal but not cancerous, and one was a melanoma. The rest of my moles, my derm says are all "in the same family" as the others, though we've got our eye on one suspicious one that I think is going to come off soon!

    The melanoma was exactly in the center of my chest and was one my derm said w had to watch. One day I noticed that it had gotten darker and looked like it was slightly flakey in the center. I immediately made an appointment and sure enough, it was a Melanoma. Luckily for me it was just on the surface and had not spread down into the deeper layers of skin. The University of Michigan Cancer dept did a Wide Area Exscision and removed a chunk of skin 2" long by 1.25" wide from the center of my chest.

    It took a while to heal, but with some daily moisturizing cream, the scar is barely noticable today. :-)

    My most recent mole came back displastic with pigment the whole way to the perimeter (edge) so my derm had to go back and re-remove it, taking more skin. That was annoying, and is taking a long time to fade... so definitely ask the doctor to take a good perimeter of "normal" skin around the mole - just to be sure.

    And always wear your sunscreen.
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    Feb 05, 2008 1:46 AM GMT
    When I was 18 I had several removed from my back and shoulder. I would recommend going to a plastic surgeon rather than a general one like I did. My back looks like Freddy Kruegers face thanks to the tender ministrations of the guy I was recommended to. The upside is that I get to make up a new story every time someone asks about the scars.icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 05, 2008 7:21 PM GMT
    I had one removed in April of 2006 from my back. It was closer to my shoulder. I noticed it get darker and darker and it had a red circle around it. I had been getting tans and laying out and had been sunburned pretty bad the previous summer. It was a simple procedure and painless. I have great insurance and didnt pay a thing but getting an appt with a dermatologist around here is crazy. I do have a scar but with Mederma cream, its going away slowly. Im just bad at using it regurarly like i should.