This is a very simple procedure. They deaden the site and then cut the mole off. It's usually sent to pathology for checking. You just keep the site moist (they usually give you some stuff to put on it ) for several days until it heals. Really very simple, in and out procedure. I've had a dozen or so removed...no big deal!
It depends on what type of mole it is. I had a mole that is that type that goes deeper into the skin, so it had to be removed with a little round cookie cutter type of tool. It was done in the office, and he gave me a shot of something to numb the area, then he cut it out and had to stitch up the area. It was only really sore that night and the next day. I believe there were 4 stitches, and they were in for 2 weeks, and when I went back for him to check them, he took out two of them, but the other two stitches couldn't be taken out yet, so I had them in for another week or two. I still have a scar there after a year, but it's fading.
And the mole was sent off to a lab for them to test for cancer cells.
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are you seeing a dermatologist?the wait would be understandable.new patients that go to see any specialist generally have a very long wait.if you just see your primary,they would be able to do just as good of a job and do a biopsy and it would get sent out and checked for any signs of cancer.
i have had five moles removed over the years with one turning out to be a basal cell cancer.if you are going to end up with any type of skin cancer,the basal cell is the one to get.when i went back to have my stitches removed,thats when i found out one of them was a basal.he just,instead of removeing the stitches,just cut around the whole area and then stiched me up again,and sent that chunk of skin to the lab for another biopsy.the margins were all clean so he did get it all for me.my primary did all of this for me.if you have a suspicsious looking mole,i would NOT wait three whole months to have it checked out,really.time is tissue,so to speak.most primary clinics know all about how to do a simple punch biopsy or how to remove the whole entire mole down to the root.they do this alot.i seriously would just get this preliminary stuff done with your primary clinic and if need be,see the serm.otherwise you will just be waiting forever.if this is purely a cosmetic thing,then maybe the wait would be fine.its kind of up to you.
i do have to add that the mole i had removed that turned out to be the basal cell really didn't appear odd looking other than it was just much blacker(very flat looking)than my other millions of moles and it kind of made a very sudden appearance in between my shoulder blades.this was also an area that really never saw alot of sun.the only reason really thay my doc removed it when i pointed it out was because it just suddenly appeared one day.we were really both rather shocked that it was indeed cancer of any kind ya know?every mole should just be screened when it is removed.you just never know with skin cancer.if i were you,i really wouldn't wait those three months,espescially if this is one you are suspiscious of.JMO.good luck,FB
I agree, it's a pretty simple procedure, unless it's large or deep. If you're having it removed for cosmetic reasons, a 3 month wait is normal. Dermatologists are very busy. But I'd go to a derm, because they have more experience removing them without causing a scar. It won't hurt during the procedure, just a bit during the 2 weeks or so after while it's healing (but not enough to even need to take a painkiller.) There will be a dark mark after it's healed (if you're fair-skinned, it might look like a pink area), but in my experience, it will fade over time until it's not noticable anymore. Be sure to put something like antibiotic ointment on it while it's healing, and keep it covered.
If you are not having it removed for cosmetic reasons but rather because you are worried it could be cancer, insist on an earlier appointment.
Good luck to you.
Well I want a few moles removed cause there on my neck and when I get a haircut I dont want them to touch them.yes I called a dermatologist and i been going to this one on and off for the last 12 years.Im not saying the moles are bad cause I dont think they are but its hard to see them on the back of my neck.Thats why I want them to look at them.I called again and all they said is there all booked up and call back next week after I told them im worried.I dont get it with these dermatologists.I guess a kid with acne is more important.not that acne isnt bad but you know what I mean.
Just call back and take the next opening they have. These are usually benign so I wouldn't worry about it. And ask them to call you if they get a cancellation...they usually have a list of those as well.
I had one removed on my chin. I wasn't born with it, it just started growing when I was in my teens. It wasn't a flat mole. It was smallish and raised.
They numb the area with a needle (local), then he gets this laser thingy out and just cuts around it. He puts a little band-aid on it and you are good to go.
For a few days it scabs up and looks burned but that stuff falls off and then you can't even notice it. Just for the record, if your mole grows hair out of it, you will still grow hair out of that area even though the mole is gone.
you can always opt to just have this done by your primary.really.i had three moles removed from my face and never went to a derm.there is usually not a really huge spot left behind from just a simple removal.one or maybe two tiny sutures will usually be all that is needed(or maybe none at all,kind of depends on the size of the mole).your doc KNOWS that you want minimal scarring.and you can reiterate that at the time of removal too.i cannot even tell where my moles were that were taken off my face unless i turn in the light a particular way.either way(derm./primary)you will always have at the very least a teeny tiny bit of a scar,its kind of unavoidable when you remove a chunk of skin.i just really wouldn't want to wait the entire three months for this when my doc could do it much sooner ya know?its kind of up to you and how long you are willing to wait.i was just glad to get one of those bigger moles off my face as i kept burning it with my curling iron.it really needed to just go.good luck, FB
Here is my opinion on the Derm vs Primary. Dermatologists are trained to take care of the skin. Including how extensively they are trained in the stitches department. They are given a bit more time to learn how to do stitches. Primaries go through that portion of it a bit quicker. So, if the mole is big enough that you will need stitches, a dermatologist would be a better choice for the removal. IMO.
i totally agree with you there,BUT,his appt is three months away.most primarys,if they have been around for awhile,do a perfectly fine job doing one or two stitches,really.it all depends on the doc.i trust mine,he has removed alot of moles in his 25 years as a primary.placing a couple of small sutures really isn't a huge deal for them unless they are really inexperienced and kinda stupid.you have to look at this persons timeframe.he either waits three months or he just has it done much sooner at the primarys office.if i was concerned at all,even a little bit about a suspicious looking mole,you can bet i would be going to see my primary(where they can do the same biopsy as any derm)and just getting it out and evaluated.you can barely see where mine were.the one basal cell i had on my back,i honestly never expected to hear it was actually any form of cancer but was glad as all get out that i had gotten the heck out of my back and the margins were clear the second time around.
it comes down to what your needs are really.if it is suspicious,get thee to your primary,if it is purely cosmetic in nature,wait out three months to see a really busy derm.its kind of up to how long you are willing to wait. if you think you have a good primary with alot of years of experience,you could go there and just get them removed.if there is any issue once they do a biopsy,THEN i would go in to see the derm,depending on what it actually is.JMO,good luck in whatever you decide. FB
I had one removed, with a 1-cm margin. The doctor shot it up full of painkiller, and the skin got all white (which was sort of creepy). I didn't watch them do it, mainly because I was lying down and all. Whatever she used, it sounded like scissors. They stitched it up, and that was the worst part, as they felt like danged fire ants on me for a brief period. And now I have a scar. Looking back, I'd rather have not had the margin taken before the mole had been checked. But everyone has a different point of view on that, I'm sure. Anyway, it was sent to a pathologist to examine.
sometimes we learn things the hard way.in most cases,they can actually just do a simple punch biopsy and actually get the whole mole with that(if it is not too big).it would still get sent to the path lab for evaluation.then if it is confirmed,they just go back and remove all margins.this is how mine went.but because it was confirmed basal cell,and luckily this is way up on my back between my shoulder blades,it is kind of hard to see.it looks like a bullet hole or something.it wasn't bad,all my doc did was remove what he had stitched up the first time around,just cut around that area stitches and all.i'm just glad its gone now and the margins were clear.FB
Yes, 3 months is too long to wait. You have no way of knowing if there are pre-cancerous cells in there.
Go to someone else, a specialist, not a gp. Where are you anyway? are you in US? You can always call a different doctor unless you are in a really tiny village. go to the nearest metropolitan area....
I had a "beauty mark mole" on the left side of my cheek for years and finally decided to have it removed 2 years ago. No problems, she shaved it off with a razor type thing. My face was numb of course.
Then last week I had two more removed, one from my chin, and one on my temple. The one on my chin was deeper and had to be dug out but no stitches. it bled like the dickens. but now a week later, no scar to speak of and all gone.
Keep antibiotic ointment, cortisone cream or vitamin E oil on your wound. It scabs over like a little sore ----Do Not remove the scab. It will come off when it is ready. And NO Scar!
It will be fine. There is nothing to it, really. Go have it done, you will be glad you did.