to hate my moles and be considering paying a lot to get them removed?

(42 Posts)
Fizzler99 Thu 24-Jan-13 10:36:11

I have got quite a few moles all over me.
I have never liked them and they have always made me feel self-concious. I didn't wear a bikini for years as I had them on my stomach, although I have kind of gotten over that as I have got older and more confident in myself and I had the worse one on my stomach removed a couple of years ago.

I have a few more that I would really quite like to get removed, the worst ones (there are about 6 I really dislike) are on the back on my neck, my chest and shoulders, stomach and hip.

I can't get it done on the NHS as cosmetic. I have enquired and it would cost £1000 to get them removed at private clinic.

I have the money in savings, but I do sometimes think I am being vain and stupid to consider this, as they money could be better spent on other things. I am not normally a very vain person, and generally disagree with surgery for cosmetic reasons (I am also completely flat chested but would never, ever consider a boob job!!)

AIBU?

TroublesomeEx Thu 24-Jan-13 14:18:19

I have one that I'd like to get removed. Because of where it is it rubs on clothing and can bleed. It can be painful as a result. And sometimes itches.

Do you think they'd do that on the NHS?

I do find it embarrassing. I know it sounds vain but I'm very conscious of it swimming and when I'm nekkid (so during sex and stuff). So there is a vanity aspect, but it's the rubbing on clothing and bleeding bit that worries me most.

Boobz Thu 24-Jan-13 14:23:43

Doesn't hurt Early - slight prick when the needle goes in to numb the area but that's all.

Would defo get my saggy boobs done before any moles, if that was free on the NHS! 3 children back-to-back BFing has done nothing for that area.

PrincessPheobe Thu 24-Jan-13 17:18:11

FolkGirl yes I think if they rub on clothes and bleed that could be done on NHS. Worth asking your GP (and getting them checked at the same time!)

It's just pure cosmetic that can't be done on NHS

SigmundFraude Thu 24-Jan-13 17:23:55

I had 2 removed, I've not regretted it at all. I think the NHS criteria is if they get caught on clothes and cause you pain, there's another one but I can't remember it.

AWhistlingWoman Thu 24-Jan-13 18:57:21

YANBU if they trouble you and you have the money to have them taken off, why not? And once they are gone, they will be gone permanently whereas a holiday would be over in a couple of weeks iyswim.

You have my sympathy, I have a LOT of moles and spider veins and other wonderful things on my skin. I've had moles removed (NHS) and I've had my veins injected (privately) but I've accepted that my skin is never going to be flawless!

I've had a couple of moles removed on the NHS on the basis that they caught on my clothing. One cut out on my stomach (impressive scar, LOOKS worse than the mole did actually!) and one cauterised from my arm (not much of a scar at all) - neither hurt Early although the smell of your own flesh burning is a bit ick.

Show does your GP know the family history? My mother had malignant melanoma when I was a child - fortunately it was caught early. I know it played a part in my GP's decision to take mine off. Have you told your GP that it is REALLY worrying you and why? Could you ask to see someone else? I really do think that they should remove it if it is upsetting you sad

I know that I obsessively examine my children for moles as DH has zero and I have about five hundred! Hoping, hoping, hopin that they inherit his 'mole' gene.

PicaK Thu 24-Jan-13 18:57:41

I am moley too.

I had quite a few shaved in the run up to my wedding. They randomly got itchy and had bled a bit. NHS Consultant thought it was best to remove them although (strangely) no sign of any problems.

Later on a different consultant said shaving wasn't recommended because it was harder to tell if they mutate.

Have had some cut out - leaves a big scar, the two largest with marks where the stitches were. And gosh they get big when u r pregnant - and then if any are on your stomach it really alarms the midwives and Drs!

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 24-Jan-13 19:05:17

I am covered in moles. DH says it's like fucking a dalmatian. grin

We have melanoma in our family - it has killed my Gran, my uncle, my aunt, my cousin. My mother has had it and is in remission (they seem quite sure it will come back). sad And my dermatologist says it is rare. Well it doesn't seem that way to me.

Kiriwawa Thu 24-Jan-13 19:13:28

I have had one removed from my face when I was a teenager - I have a scar but it's on my forehead and has sort of blended into the lines now. I have two more (raised) which I have been to see 2 different private dermatologists about - they both said they would scar and that as they're in much more prominent places, you'd really notice the scar so I decided not to go ahead

I do hate them though - am interested in this cauterisation that discobeaver mentioned

peachypips Thu 24-Jan-13 19:20:58

I have weird red raised ones- three in total. I really want them gone. if it will make you feel better about yourself do it!

CecilyP Thu 24-Jan-13 19:59:56

I had 4 cut and cauterised in the doctors surgery - so no cost. First 2 on my back that were catching in my clothes, then, as I was pleased with the results, a further 2 on my neck. There was no pain because the doctor numbed the area first. There may be small scars but not in very noticable places - I would probably want a something fancier if it was on my face.

OscarPistoriusBitontheside Thu 24-Jan-13 22:56:58

Postcode lottery then. The one in my back that the NHS won't remove catches and itches. Especially on labels, but because it's not dangerous it stays.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Thu 24-Jan-13 23:01:49

Read with interest. I am moley too, have loads and have two hideous ones on the back of my neck and a big one on my back. Thinking about checking if work Bupa cover it. I can never wear my hair up or a backless dress. I also never wear sleeveless items (even though I have nice toned arms grin) because I hate them so much.

My son has two or three tiny flat freckles at the moment - he is 4. Hope he gets DH's mole-free skin.

AnonAndOnAndOn Thu 24-Jan-13 23:03:15

Do it. I spent a fortune on straightening my teeth last year as they've always bothered me. So glad I did it. I just see it as money invested in myself. The same way you'd invest in keeping a property looking good!

DamnBamboo Thu 24-Jan-13 23:05:53

YANBU. I had a mole on my face which i hated and which I thought was getting bigger.
I got it removed, no scarring and I feel so much better for it.

It's really up to you

BistoBearWithBaublesOn Thu 24-Jan-13 23:20:16

I've had 4 removed with mixed results. One on my chin and one on my arm left minimal scarring, you wouldn't know the scar was there unless pointed out. One on my forehead has left a skin coloured mole sized lump so I sometimes wish that one hadn't been removed... Then I had one removed from the base of my back which has left a lumpy bumpy scar, not very neat at all! They were all removed on the NHS as they were catching on clothes/helmet straps. Not sore although the one on my chin was uncomfortable, felt like he was boring a hole into my jaw!!

mixedupmary Fri 25-Jan-13 02:35:36

YANBU My younger brother has just paid £890 to have four moles removed from his face. These are not noticable moles, in fact I was shocked when he told me he wanted it done. But he then told me how self concious he was and that he darent even talk to anyone who was on his side, always behind or in front.

If this is affecting your life op then please look into it, I hope you end up with the outcome that you want. My brother is so much happier just knowing he is getting the treatment.

CaptainVonTrapp Fri 25-Jan-13 10:47:20

If you speak to your GP she will refer you to a private consultant plastic surgeon I imagine the cost would be similar to the private clinic you mention.

Otherwise try and get a recommendation before you go to a private clinic and have something removed. There are some cowboys out there, don't want to end up with a worse scar.

Have you thought about what method you want to use to have it removed?

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