Should I pay a few hundred pounds to get some moles removed?

(23 Posts)
Detailsoverleaf Tue 24-May-16 18:58:18

I have quite a lot of moles / skin tags whatever they are on my stomach and chest. Several are quite big and stick out a bit. I've always been self conscious of them but given that I live in the UK they are normally under clothes.

At around this time of year I always think about getting them removed, as I do feel self conscious in a bikini or vest top come the summer.

It would need to be done privately as it's purely cosmetic and would cost a few hundred pounds. Should I go for it? Am I being really vain?
I can afford it and still put food on the table, but I suppose it's money that would otherwise go towards something else. I feel a bit guilty spending money on this for some reason.

Fuzzypeggy Tue 24-May-16 19:02:10

I think I would do it if I were you, you'll probably look back and wish you'd done it earlier, I doubt you'd regret it

Detailsoverleaf Tue 24-May-16 19:04:37

I already do wish I'd had it done younger.... When I was in my twenties and spent time back-packing and wearing a bikini

dun1urkin Tue 24-May-16 19:05:39

I had two small non-pigmented moles removed from my face last year. I don't regret it for a minute; done entirely for my own vanity. I don't think anyone else had ever even noticed them, but I didn't like them....

Dangerouswoman Tue 24-May-16 19:05:45

Definitely. Mind you I have just had a mole and three skin tags removed from my back and stomach on the nhs in an afternoon surgery done by my GP. In and out in half an hour. Purely cosmetic although the mole had grown over the years.

Doobigetta Tue 24-May-16 19:08:17

I had one taken off last year- actually got it done on the NHS as it was in a place on my arm where it was constantly rubbed and irritated by the seams on clothes- and I was really glad I'd done it. I've got one on my leg I'd love to get rid of, as it has always made me self-conscious, but it's quite large and completely flat so I'm not sure it's possible. I'd go for it if I were you.

happy2bhomely Tue 24-May-16 19:11:14

I had 7 moles removed at my GP surgery. 4 of them were on my face, the others around my neck. They weren't causing any problems., but some were quite big. (A bit smaller than the end of a pencil.) They had grown over the years and I hated them. The baby used to scratch at the ones around my neck and make them bleed. I had one on the side of my nose that people told me looked like a spot.

The GP removed them using a scalpel and then cauterised them. It stung a bit, especially the nose, but he did an amazing job. A year later and you would never know a mole had been there.

I wish I'd had it done sooner.

It didn't cost me anything. My surgery has a minor op clinic every week. There was a wait of about 6 weeks though.

BrandNewAndImproved Tue 24-May-16 19:11:40

Do it, I'm getting one on my face removed the end of this month and I can't wait.

It's hard to justify spending so much on yourself for purely cosmetic reasons (well it is for me) but I've saved up for this (and a sofa bed) and I can't wait to get rid.

sm40 Tue 24-May-16 19:14:01

Do they catch on anything, bleed or have changed shape. It can be quite easy to convince the doctor. Stick out ones are easy to remove. I have had loads removed but luckily I have private insurance and if I use one of the above lines they seem happy to remove them. However thinking back I am sure I had some taken off by the NHS when I was younger. There have been the odd dodgy looking one but most for my vanity! Go to the doctors and see what the position is, you still might need a referral (phone the dermatologist for advice).

ReturnoftheWhack Tue 24-May-16 19:15:12

I've got one on my chin and one under my chin that I would love to get rid of, those of you that did it on the NHS, were you honest and said it was for cosmetic reasons? I can't pay privately for it but would so love them not to be there.

ReturnoftheWhack Tue 24-May-16 19:15:37

I've got one on my chin and one under my chin that I would love to get rid of, those of you that did it on the NHS, were you honest and said it was for cosmetic reasons? I can't pay privately for it but would so love them not to be there.

Naoko Tue 24-May-16 19:16:12

Do it. I have two on my face I will have removed some day when I can afford it, or I persuade the doctor that actually yes they do hurt and get infected (which is true, but I've never managed to get an appointment while it was going on and he won't take my word for it).

happy2bhomely Tue 24-May-16 19:25:02

Return, yes, I told my GP that I just wanted him to check them. He said they looked fine but asked if I would like them removed. I said that I had looked into it, but couldn't afford it. He said he'd put me on the list!

MadisonMontgomery Tue 24-May-16 19:28:59

How much roughly does it cost to have moles removed? I have absolutely millions & I'd love to get rid of them!

retainertrainer Tue 24-May-16 19:34:57

I'd love to get my moles removed-especially the big bugger on my back but I've just spent a huge amount of money having my teeth straightened so I can't justify it at the moment.

Definitely do it!

twolittleboysonetiredmum Tue 24-May-16 19:42:09

I'd love to know how much too, don't care about the hundreds on my body but have at least 20 medium sized on my face and growing sad no nhs cosmetic removal here.

justdontevenfuckingstart Tue 24-May-16 19:45:16

All my immediate family have had them removed on NHS but my mum paid for a couple removed on face and neck. Made such a difference to her confidence. Think it was a few hundred pounds.

twolittleboysonetiredmum Tue 24-May-16 20:21:47

Did they get them removed for cosmetic reasons only?

twolittleboysonetiredmum Tue 24-May-16 20:22:00

On the nhs I mean

Redken24 Tue 24-May-16 20:47:30

you are all so lucky! I have a mole on my face and was refused removal due to my skin type apparently it would scar bad cause im pale.

MrsLettuce Tue 24-May-16 23:01:11

Naoko you need to take detailed photos for the GP. Sounds like a worry.

Detailsoverleaf Thu 02-Jun-16 19:02:27

Right got a GP appointment to get them checked out (some are new and some are growing). Will see if GP can remove otherwise will pay for private treatment. Some of them do get a bit sore but didn't think GP would remove just for that.

IlPorcupinoNilSodomyEst Thu 02-Jun-16 19:23:07

Ooh please let us know how you get on, I have a few on my face that I'm not happy with.

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