What's involved in having a mole removed?
September 25, 2007 2:41 PM Subscribe
What's involved in having a mole removed by a dermatologist?
posted by cgg to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have a large mole on lower abdomen, to the right about 6 inches and down a bit from my belly button. It's considerably bigger than a pencil eraser (it's actually about the size of 2 or 3 erasers squashed together). I've had it looked at by several doctors over the years (including a dermatologist) and they all agree I don't need to worry about it unless it changes. I've had it my entire life, and to be honest, I kind of like it - it's a part of me. But I'm getting really annoyed with it constantly getting caught on stuff (underwear, pants, etc) and i'm debating having it removed. I'm planning on making an appointment with the dermatologist who looked at it a year ago, who said she'd remove it whenever I wanted. (It'll cost about $150, which is okay with me.) That being said, I've been through several unrelated medical procedures recently that were definitely not pleasant, and I can't believe I'm volunteering for more. Plus, I'm still a big chicken. How much will it hurt? What can I expect? Is there usually a lot of scarring? Mefites, please tell me your experiences in getting your moles removed!