I work in investment banking and enjoy running marathons, hiking in the mountains, and pampering my cat. I've also had many moles removed.
People will often get moles removed because of cosmetic problems—the mole is on their face or another area of their body where they don't want any dark spots. Others will have them removed because they look strange and could indicate cancer or other skin problems.
Whatever the reason you have for getting a mole removed, it's important to understand different procedures, post-treatment care, and the risk for scarring.
I have had about a dozen removed because they looked strange, so mole removal is a familiar subject for me. I have a fairer, more sensitive skin type, so it may always be possible to tell where I once had one. Sometimes my moles have grown back or a scar is quite visible. Read on to find out what I have learned about this process.
How to Tell When a Mole Should Be Removed
Moles can be tricky things to diagnose, as they all look very different from one another. However, some good rules to follow when keeping track of yours are as follows:
- Is it growing? Moles can actually grow and change size fairly fast, so it's a good idea to keep a brief record of the moles on your body for a few months to see if it changes size or grows larger.
- Is it bleeding, itchy or inflamed? These are all signs that your mole is growing and changing and you should have it checked out by a professional.
- Are there changes in shape? If the general size stays the same, but the edges of the mole change shape or the mole grows rounder in the middle, you should have it checked.
- Are there changes in color? Changes in color or uneven coloration are a good indicator that something is going on that should be checked out.
Did You Know?
The average person has 10-30 benign (or harmless) moles on their body.
See a Dermatologist
It makes sense that a skin doctor would be the first place you would go for an examination. All of my moles were removed by a certified dermatologist who then sent them off to be tested.
Call your dermatologist and schedule a "mole check." They will have you disrobe down to your underwear, and you will wear a paper robe. I have a female dermatologist for this reason. They will check all the moles on your body.
Most dermatologists will not check your groin or breast area (if female) for moles without your permission. You should ask specifically, if you have a mole in either of these locations and want them to be checked.
You may be able to have your moles removed by local doctors since the most common procedure is generally fairly easy, but a dermatologist is an expert in your skin and should be your first resource if possible.
Warning: Do Not Do It Yourself at Home
You may be sorely tempted to try to shave a mole off yourself or otherwise remove it at home, but you should never try this. Not only is it very possible that you will be unable to remove all of the mole, but you risk infection and scarring. Also, you will not have the ready option to send the removed tissue in to be tested for cancerous growth. This type of lab test could save your life.
How Are Moles Removed?
The procedure is fairly easy, painless and quick. This comes as a surprise to most people, but it usually only requires local anesthesia administered via shot.
The dermatologist may numb the area before administering the shot, but the shot is only given beneath the bottom layer of skin and pinches only slightly.
After shaving (excision without stitches) your dermatologist will cauterize the area, which means they will use heat or a special light to close the blood veins beneath the area where the mole used to be. You should experience very minimal bleeding.
The possible procedures are listed in the table below. Be sure to talk them over with your dermatologist before deciding on the best procedure.
Types of Mole-Removal Procedures
|Type of Removal||Used for||Effectiveness|
Very small, light moles in noticeable areas
Low - Not very effective against most moles
Excision with stitches
Deep, large, dark moles that lie flat
High - Generally the mole is completely removed and does not grow back
Excision without stitches
Average sized moles that don't go deep into the skin
Medium - Sometimes these moles will grow back over time, but can be removed again
Treatment After Removal
Your dermatologist should supply you with a small container of salve to rub on the removal area for the next few days.
Laser removal requires the least amount of care post-procedure, while excision with stitches will require monitoring and then a return to your dermatologist for removal of the stitches.
Excision areas without stitches will heal (be free of a scab) within about a week. You should keep the area dry for at least twenty four hours and keep a bandage on it for the first two or three days. Do not pick the scab as this may cause additional scarring.
It will take about six weeks for your mole tests to return. Most of the time, they will indicate that nothing is wrong with the mole.
Sometimes the tests will indicate suspicious growth was taking place in the mole that could have developed into cancer (only one of my twelve removed moles came back with this result).
Even more rarely the tests will indicate the presence of skin cancer.
Your mole removal will leave a scar, and depending on the size, location and depth, your scar may fade within one to three years, or it may never fade.
As I said earlier, fairer, more sensitive skin types (like mine) may always be able to tell where they once had a mole.
Sometimes moles grow back. The first picture below was taken about ten months after I had a mole removed. You can see the remains of the raised scar around the mole in the center.
The mole began to grow back about four months later. There is no particular reason a mole grows back. It is not a bad sign. It just happens. You can have it removed again, but it will probably only be a matter of time until it grows back.
The second picture below is my largest, most noticeable scar, caused by location. The mole was removed from on top of the sensitive nodes located in the armpit and was swollen and red for a long time after removal.
About two months later, the scar was raised, bright pink, and it itched frequently. This is extremely unusual, but not cause for concern, according to my dermatologist. Nine months later, the scar is entirely flat, pale pink and fading.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Anonymous on July 23, 2018:
I had one removed from the side of my nose 2 months ago and the procedure left a huge hole. I'm utterly devastated this has happened to me that I don't know what to do. My dermatologist has disappeared from this situation.
Haley K. on August 31, 2017:
I'm getting mine removed by a plastic surgeon, but its hairy and big and slightly raised off my skin. (the mole, not the surgeon) Will this present any issues in recovery or removal?
pooja on August 06, 2017:
I have moles on center of the nose
What would be cost of removal
Natalia on July 22, 2017:
What are you people doing? Removal moles is leading to cancer. Are you masochists? Is it a kind a suicide?
rachel on July 21, 2017:
I have a big mole under my left i eye...i remove my mole using cashew cream then after 12 days my mole scab peel off...now i feel confidence coz i dont have mole already.
Lisa on June 18, 2017:
Yes I had a very large mole removed from my back I had to go into hospital but I was in and out the same day. It took 25 mins roughly to have it all cut out I had a large root mole and then had stitches but afterwards there was no more itching or bleeding and it was the best thing I had done. There was no pain afterwards just slightly uncomfortable. My mole was a concern because it was growing in size and itching. Since then its not grown back and I'm now mole free on my back.
Priya on May 21, 2017:
I have 15- 20 moles on my body... specially on my neck area.. they are medium in size... I am little afraid to heard that moles are caused for cancer.... what should I do?
Shanna (author) from Utah on February 23, 2017:
Hi Haley! I totally understand the fear. I was pretty scared too, and I got my first moles removed pretty young as well. However, you don't even feel the shot! I was very, very surprised. When the dermatologist gives it, she'll pinch your skin in a way that doesn't cause you pain, but also prevents you from feeling the numbing solution. Plus, the solution works so quickly that you don't even feel the pinching, either!
Also if you're younger, then the chances of the mole being cancerous is VERY VERY slim. They're probably harmless! But if they need to be removed, it's better to get them removed now. Years down the road if they did end up causing problems, you'd have to get a lot more shots to heal from the cancer. So the tiniest of stings (really, it's such a tiny needle!) now is MUCH better than later. You can also ask for numbing cream before the shot at some offices. They rub a nice cream on the area, and then it's numb and if they give a shot, you don't feel it! And then afterwards you just put a bandaid on it and you're good to go!
Haley on February 21, 2017:
I am a child and really scared because I think I have to get a few miles removed but I am terrified of shots I just don't see what the big deal is if I don't get it removed. I am Also scared of the pain and what the effect might be say if it is cancerous than they will have to dig out all the cancerous cells and in really scared please tell me what to do is there any other way I could get it removed without the pain and sting of a shot
Cassie C. on January 08, 2017:
My daughter had a mole removed in the underwear area about a month ago... Now its healed with a scar but a brown spot is in the center of the pink scar... What does this mean? Should I have her checked out right away by her dermetoligist???
Priscilla on December 19, 2016:
When I was almost 14 years old. I wanted to be prettier, so I got my facial mole removed. It left a nasty scar. I left with prettier without a dark spot. Anyways, The mole has grown back, I appreciate and like it, I just want the remaining scar to fade!
Jennifer winget on November 25, 2016:
Is laser treatment permanent ?
And I have a mole on my shoulder it's not big but not flat too, is it possible to remove it permanently?
And I have some flat moles on my face too , is laser treatment possible to remove them permanently ?
Crystal from ohio on September 08, 2016:
I went to my dr a few years ago and she told me that the mole on my left shoulder area on my back was nothing to worry about. Now that I don't have insurance it has gotten larger around the size of a quarter. Every time I think it is healing because I put Neosporin on it, it turns around and gets even larger and it is itching. Not really sure what to do since I don't have insurance.
Priscilla Rossiter on August 10, 2016:
hi I'm 22 years old have a mole at the back of my head just where the skull meets the spin I've had it for 4 years now but now is staring to get itchy and irritated and I would really like to know what kind of removal treatment would best suit it and the costs
Molly on July 31, 2016:
I had some breast work done and I used the Dr Max Powers Scar Serum on one breast and the scar treatment they gave me at the doctor's office on the other breast. The Dr Max Powers Scar Serum worked so much better I wish i would have used it on both sides now!!! I didn't use it on both sides because I didn't know what the reaction would be on an semi open wound ( stiches). I am using it now however and it is working...but its taking much longer to fade the scar.
sheena on February 20, 2016:
hi i have a mole on my left chest side its about rounded in shape and somehow its just like a black dot not so small is size no itching and no pain I like this mole but i have some problem someone is trying to blackmail me so i want to removed it? I am afraid if its grow back then wat would i do ?
Shanna (author) from Utah on August 02, 2015:
Hi Jack! A mole that size IS pretty big and would likely need some minor stitching when it's removed. However, scars fade over time and you can use vitamin E oil (easily found at a grocery store in the pharmacy aisles) on the scar to help it fade even faster. You can also use a little bit of coverup and face powder (guys can use them too and no one will notice!) to make the scar less visible. I had a mole that was even bigger than that removed from my armpit (see the images above) and even though that is a really sensitive area, that scar is now almost completely gone, a few years after writing this Hub.
Although, a couple hundred years ago, your mole would be considered a beauty mark and HIGHLY fashionable. Even today some consider them attractive and they add character and interest to your face. However, your confidence and the way you view yourself are important, and if the mole hinders those, it should go! The area between your nose and mouth tends to be a bit more shadowed anyway, so any scar there may also be less noticeable.
JackWilson55 on August 02, 2015:
Hi, I'm 15 years old and I really want to get a mole removed that is on my face, I don't know what to do! It's above my lip to the right and I'm really scared that it's going to grow. I'm extremely self conscious of it but if I get it removed I don't want a huge scar on my face. It's about the size of a pea, maybe bigger, and is also raised! Please give me some advice on what to do. Thanks
Girl on June 10, 2015:
I'm getting my moles removed but I don't kno what the doc is gonna do
David on October 23, 2014:
I have a bunch of moles on my back and have an appointment set up to remove them next month I am a little scared because I don't want to a have a big ugly scar after, I don't mind a scar that blends in with my skin but a scar that is raised and a different skin tone is what scares me, the dermatologist said she would be stitching them up, although there all raised moles and small about the size or less than the size of a pencil eraser. I have read reviews on this dermatologist and there all great but there all about plastic surgery. Idk what to do and was wondering if I should just cancel the appointment because I don't want to be left with a big scar. Do you think I should find a better dermatologist or a doctor?
Daniel on October 06, 2014:
I have a mole it's not too dark like my other moles and it has little soreness not to much to were I'm in pain but i suffer from anxiety so this worries me. Its inside the skin not outside and its round. Is going to a dermatologist expensive?
Shanna (author) from Utah on August 20, 2014:
Usually they will shave it off, as that minimizes scarring, especially on more sensitive skin like the face. Laser removal might also be used, but I've never personally gone that route before. The shaving route is virtually painless (besides a pretty quick, easy shot-- and I am terrified of shots and needles) and as long as you don't pick the scab at all (AT ALL!) then it will fall of naturally in about a week to a week and a half and from there you can conceal the scar as it heals with concealer and some Bare Minerals face powder or something similar over top!
Good luck-- let me know how it goes!
Emma on August 20, 2014:
Okay, I'll try looking for different dermatologists in my area. Thank you for the advice! Also, with a flat mole about 3 to 4 mm, what's the most common and best way that doctors will remove it to minimize scarring and how long would it typically take to heal?
Shanna (author) from Utah on August 20, 2014:
Wow, I'm sorry they aren't working with you! Even if it is non-cancerous, there are plenty of places that will remove a mole purely for cosmetic reasons. I would suggest calling all of the dermatologists and doctors in your area and ask if they are willing to remove a mole for cosmetic reasons and go from there. Your self confidence, esteem and mental health is worth it! I'm sure you'll be able to find someone nearby who can get it removed. I've had moles removed for cosmetic reasons.
If you get it removed later on during the school year and people ask questions, just say that the doctors thought it was looking funny and thought it was time for it to come off. Don't lie about having cancer or anything like that, but large facial moles have the most potential to develop cancer because they get the most sun and irritation (Face washing, etc) and it could also be a preventative health measure.
Emma on August 20, 2014:
I have a mole on my face, it's sort of small, maye 4 mm and it's not really raised. It's on my cheek and I've gotten it checked out by both the dermatologist and plastics. Neither think that it is cancerous. But I've always been self conscious, for example, it's the reason I dislike taking pictures of myself or having one taken, it's why whenever someone talks, I try to keep a distance or keep it as short as possible because I'm always so afraid that they're just staring at it kr stealing glanced and thinking "Ew." I'm not like this with my closest friends, but with people I don't know. I just don't have self confidence because of this mole. I feel like people talk about it behind my back. People have asked me, "So when are you getting the mole removed?", "You should get it removed.", "What's that on your face?" And "Emma has a mole. Haha!" And it makes me feel really horrible. I was supposed to have a punch biopsy done today, but it didn't go as planned because my mom wants the entire thing removed too, but they only intended to take a small sample, about 1 mm, to do a biopsy, because they don't recommend taking the whole thing out. I was really angry inside because I was looking forward to this, plus it was my chance to get it off before school started. Now even if I do get it off, it'll be during break and when I get back I'll be worried about people asking me where it went. But aside from that, I was getting the biopsy at plastic surgery and they pretty much refuse to remove it if it's not cancerous. Whether it is or not, I want it gone but they don't want to because of scarring -- but my mom has had a punch biopsy done on the face and she has no scar and hers healed within a week or so. I know there's no guarantee I will be like my mom but this mole also seems to be continuing to grow in size (as it has since I was a toddler, when I was about 3 it was only a small dot), now I would rather deal with a slightly discolored scar that would probably fade as the years go by than a huge black mole on my face bigger than it is now. Plus if we wait even longer to remove it and it has really grown in size, the scar then wkll be even bigger than it would be now. But I've a feeling that they still wouldn't remove it for just cosmetic reasons. Any ideas what I should do?
Isabella on June 14, 2014:
Hey im 17 years old I have a mole umder my eye since I got memory but its not flat its kind of popped out, I really hate it and i would like to get it removed, do you know about how much can it cost, thankyou
Sajid Ali on June 13, 2014:
I have several moles on my face i want to remove it in an easy way,
plz suggest me what should i do,,,
x on May 16, 2014:
Shanna (author) from Utah on April 18, 2014:
If it's raised and only itches every once in a while it's probably not melanoma, but I would still have it checked.
ana on April 18, 2014:
I have a mole on my nose that's been there since ever bt it is raised and ithches once in a while ,iam really worried about melanoma
Farzana on April 07, 2014:
I contact a dermatologist b4 a cpl of weeks for reduce the size of my mole....thr was his assistant who told me to sit on bet and get one machine type and try at my mole...i say her i don't want to remove my mole on face...but want to do it small size...and i want to discuss with u that what to do and need atime to think...that what to do...but she cauterise my mole and said go back to ur home and come after a week....its shape will be small and black...but the corner area of mole got white and colour changes from black to brown and still m worried...i want to back my mole and clr...plzzz suggest....
Shanna (author) from Utah on February 25, 2014:
I have tons of flat moles on my neck and a few on my face and I haven't had any problem with them. I've also had plenty of moles develop recently as well and I've had no problem with them either. Moles are usually just normal and will show up for no reason that should alarm you, as long as the mole looks normal and doesn't get any larger than a few millimeters across.
If they're small in size, chances are they don't need to be removed and are perfectly normal. You can go in for a routine mole check with a dermatologist if you're still worried. Also, you're still young, like me. I scar super easily, but at our age, scars go away much easier and even my worst scar (from a huge mole in a sensitive area) is not a big deal anymore. Small moles on your neck are very unlikely to scar at all if removed and treated properly.
alicia on February 25, 2014:
Hi , I'm 19 years old an recently developed moles on my face, and a few on my neck, I'm really scared coz iver been doing lotsa research an its freaking me out. Its small in size. Bt I have quite a lot. I do want 2 chek it out with a doctor but I'm scared of that also I don't like scars, What do I do? Please help me!
Shanna (author) from Utah on January 23, 2014:
Indeed it is! A similar thing happened to a mole of mine. Moles can be deeper than we think and can scab just like normal skin. If the doctor says it's fine and it has grown back and looks normal, I would say that you're fine!
Cristina on January 23, 2014:
Hi there!I have a mole on my left breast and it’s big,black and flat.A month ago i cracked the surface of it and I think water get into it a few days later I discovered it has pus around the mole and it become itchy i tried not to scrathed but still i accidentally scratched it and it bleed and the almost half of the mole lifted up,I didn’t go see a doctor until after a week later the GP just gave a cream for eczema and ask me to see if it will go back to it’s origanal size,and yeah,after a few days applying the cream the part that is lifted when I scratch it fell off and that particular part of the mole grew back.Is it possible for moles to grow that fast?
Shanna (author) from Utah on January 09, 2014:
Technically, the shaving method is called a surgery, but it's really not. It takes like five minutes tops and there's no pain and they put a bandaid on it for 24 hours. It's totally chill, I promise! Trying to remove the mole yourself can cause problems down the road-- it can make the mole more likely to grow back cancerous, so please don't do that.
You could try the DermaTend cream on it-- the cream is kind of expensive, but I used it on a mole I had and it worked okay. There was no surgery, but it took forever to heal. I put it on a small mole on my forearm, and it like...burned through the mole, but nothing else. It left kind of a small, wet spot where the mole was while it slowly healed. It also burned quite a bit. You can try that, because the mole will probably never come back, but I'm not a doctor and I can't verify that this method will be safe for you. If you do it, please, please talk to your parents about it!
Kimberly on January 09, 2014:
hi im 16 and I had a mole on my left upper leg ever since I was 10 I tried home remedies because I was self conscious and nothing happened the mole came back what should I do? I don't like it and I would like to remove it no surgery .
brian on December 30, 2013:
Does anybody on here know if it is possible to change the color of your skin from white to black? Please be serious and as detailed as possible.
Shanna (author) from Utah on December 12, 2013:
If it's round, it's probably not too dangerous. If the edges of the mole start to change shape, then it might be. However, if it's a very dark mole and large and the color has changed over time, it could be dangerous. Even if it hasn't changed color, it could be dangerous. I had a very large, dark coloured round mole that was removed just because it was so large and dark, so you could get yours removed most likely. The cost depends on where you live and whether or not you have insurance. The cost of two mole removals and tests was about 150 US dollars for me, I believe. Insurance covered all of it, however. Talk to your parents or call a doctor or dermatologist and ask them!
., on December 12, 2013:
Im 15 and i have quite a large dark coloured round mole, and i hate it, ruins my confidence! Does it sound dangerous? And could i get it removed? Also how much would you say i would have to pay?
torrilynn on December 07, 2013:
This article on moles was great. I have a beauty mark mole which i never want removed because i love it. I also have an ugly mole on my finger which came out of nowhere. Thanks for the treatment options and this well informed article. Voted up and useful.
Kassandra from Minnesota on November 17, 2013:
The largest moles on my body (that are actually pretty big) are ones I've had my whole life, even my 6 year old brother has the same size and shaped mole in the same spot (middle of back). I know I need to get checked, also because I'd like to remove the large ones anyway, but I am not sure health care will cover and I'm a broke college student, but this was definitely very helpful! I'll have to do that very soon.
ReddishMole on October 22, 2013:
I had a mole , its reddish on my breast . I'm 14 this year , is it normal ? I need someone to reply , thanks . Been really worried
IwantMyMoleGone on October 12, 2013:
I have 2 moles on my upper lip and they are so ugly. Everyone thinks I'm ugly because of them.. I edited them out of a picture once and I looked so pretty! My mom got her moles removed but she won't let me get mine removed and how can I persuade her?
Catherine Taylor from Canada on September 25, 2013:
Great hub and wonderful advice to the very young teens on here asking your opinion. I learned a lot. Very well written.
LensMan999 from Trans-Neptunian region on June 19, 2013:
The procedures you mentioned to remove the moles are very good and very useful. This hub will help me a lot at least to help my friends who have such a problem. I will definitely ask all of them to read this wonderful hub.
Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 16, 2013:
Great advice. Definitely smart to get the moles checked and removed if necessary. Voted up, useful and interesting!
Shanna (author) from Utah on February 28, 2013:
Man, this is a rough situation. I'm really sorry, but I honestly can only tell you to just listen to and respect your mother's decisions. Maybe if you sit down seriously with your mother and have a calm, rational discussion about why you want them to be removed? Parents tend to be more easily swayed when you present them with a neat, concise argument. Write up serious, logical reasons why the moles should be removed, research the costs and ease of the procedure to your mother and see what she says. Yelling at her won't help, so stay as calm as possible.
If she says no again, you can try bargaining: "If I get this many A's, I can get a mole removed." If that doesn't work, well....I hate to be pessimistic, but you'll probably have to wait until you're 18. The truth is really that a lot of people don't notice moles. I have two moles right next to each other on the side of my chin, and no one notices them. When I mention them they always check my face because they think I'm lying. There is a point where you should accept and love your body, but humans are naturally vain creatures, and wanting to get a noticeable mole removed is understandable.
Another route you could take: ask your mom for a mole check. Research the dangers of moles becoming cancerous. If you're very fair skinned, remind her that even at your young age, moles can transform into skin cancer. A mole check isn't going in for removal. The dermatologist will just look over your moles. Generally, they will suggest removal of large moles that may stick out from the skin, because they have a higher probability of developing cancer. So if your moles are big or get a lot of sun exposure, chances are your dermatologist may be able to convince your mother that there is a significant health reason to have your moles removed. Self-confidence issues may not sway your mother, but health issues will.
Sorry. That was long and kind of all over the place! I hope it helps and you will be successful. If not, just remember that time goes by fast and those moles don't have to be there for forever.
Hello on February 28, 2013:
Hello! I'm 13 years old and I want to get three moles removed.. They make me absolutely insecure and lower my confidence. I seriously want to get them removed so badly. I talked to my sister about it, and she said that it's stupid for a 13 year old to get moles removed unless they're cancerous, and she told me that if I even brought it up to my mom she would say no and that I have to wait until I'm 18. My sister knows this for a fact though since she asked my mom to get some moles removed from her body too, and she said that she has to wait until she's 18 because she won't let her. I seriously want my mother to get these moles removed but I honestly do not know how to convince her, and yelling her that it makes me insecure and less confident will just make her say "you have to accept your body". Please please please help me out! Thanks so much!
Shanna (author) from Utah on February 27, 2013:
At your age, it would be difficult for you to go without an adult, especially for payment purposes. Unless you pay up front and full in cash, they'll want your insurance information, which only your mom can provide.
This is kind of a sticky situation. Honestly, I don't see why you couldn't just go and get it removed by yourself, as long as you can pay in some form or another. I would call up a dermatologist and ask them something along the lines of "I'm 14 and I'd like to get a mole removed. I have an older sister who is 17 and could come in with me. Can I come in without an adult?"
This isn't lying, and if they say no, call another dermatologist. I'm not sure why you don't want your mom to be there, so I can't really offer advice there, other than to suggest being upfront and honest about it with her? Maybe they'll require a signed note-- I'm really not sure. A lot depends on the dermatologist. Sorry I can't be of more help! Best of luck!
Hi on February 27, 2013:
How old do you have to be to go in and get your mole removed? I'm 14 and I wouldn't want my mom to come with me. My sister is 17 though. Even though I'm 14, would I still be able to get it removed by a dermatologist without a person who is older then 18? Please let me know! Thanks :)
Shanna (author) from Utah on January 17, 2013:
Probably (although it does depend on exact placement). If you go in for a mole check though you'll have to show it to them. They usually ask permission before looking in those types of areas and though it might be awkward, it's nothing they aren't used to seeing. Go see a dermatologist and see what they say.
Secret on January 16, 2013:
i have a mole on my private area and was wondering if i can get it removed
Shanna (author) from Utah on December 22, 2012:
I would schedule a mole check with your dermatologist then. They will be able to tell you whether or not you can keep it just by looking at it. They know the warning signs of a problematic mole, so if it looks normal, they won't remove it.
Lady Jen Palven from Philippines on December 21, 2012:
@Shanna11:thanks for your reply.. I am afraid also of having an operation..If this is not cancerous, I would like to keep my mole..
Shanna (author) from Utah on December 21, 2012:
It depends on how big the mole is, and how deep it is (something only your dermatologist will know). If he can just shave it off, it'll take about a week for it to be scab free. You'll still have a scar of course, but it won't hurt anymore or be at risk of bleeding. If you had to go the stitches route, I honestly have no idea how long the healing process would be, since I reallllly don't like the idea of being sewed up and I have managed to avoid stitches, even when I probably should have had them.
I can't imagine them using laser removal, but the healing process would also be about a week.
Kristian on December 19, 2012:
Hello! I have a mole between two of my abs & I soom to always feel it aginst my T-shirt & I often think about it, because it annoys me greatly. I want to get it removed, and I was wondering how long it takes for the wound to heal since I'm enlisting into the Army soon & I want to be at my fittest when I do!
Lady Jen Palven from Philippines on December 04, 2012:
Oh.i see, what kind of doctor should i go to?The dermatologist or something?:)
Shanna (author) from Utah on December 03, 2012:
It could potentially have unnatural cell growth. Just to be safe I would have it checked out. You never know. I've had completely normal looking moles that I never suspected removed, and the tests came back showing that the cells had started dividing unnaturally. It's just a good thing to have a yearly mole check no matter what.
Lady Jen Palven from Philippines on December 03, 2012:
Great Hub!I have a mole at the side of my nose and sometimes I feel that it's growing and it is itchy but Thank God it's not Bleeding. Is it like cancerous or something since it has some of the symptoms?
Thank your for this useful information :)
nichole on November 25, 2012:
thank you:) I will get my mom to call tomorrow !
Shanna (author) from Utah on November 25, 2012:
Don't be scared! I had a mole on my stomach too that was removed, but it grew back partially. It used to really bother me, but now I don't even notice it. The truth is, most people don't even notice moles, and if they do, they don't think anything of them. You should make an appointment with a dermatologist for a mole check. They will be able to take a good look at your moles and see if removing them will cause scarring that is more noticeable than the mole. There's always the possibility that they will grow back (they tend to grow back smaller though). You're young, so chances are, the scars will fade if the moles don't come back. Even my worst scar is mostly faded-- and it was a pretty intense scar.
Don't let moles bring your confidence down! You are who you are, and that is beautiful. Be proud of yourself and what makes you unique.
nichole on November 25, 2012:
i am 15 years old and have a mole on my stomach and by my breast. My mom always says not to get them removed because it will look worse. But seeing them everyday brings my confidence down and I sometimes cry, my real question is will it look worse? and will you really notice the scar? I have sensitive skin and im scared.
Teresa Coppens from Ontario, Canada on May 23, 2012:
Excellent hub Shannon. I have had several moles removed due to the fact that their position interfered with shaving, brushing hair. My son had a large mole removed on his scalp for a similar reason. It was excised without stitches and healed very well. My mother was not so lucky. The last mole she had removed turned out to be melanoma. None of here lymph nodes were affected so she did not have to endure chemo or radiation. As a survivor of colon cancer and an octogenarian to boot she was extremely grateful for that! Thanks for the timely hub as summer means more UV exposure which means many may have moles affected. You have given us something to watch for.