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to be considering paying £200 to have a facial mole removed?

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stinkypants Sun 09-Nov-14 16:03:04

Or should I spend it on the kids or something less shallow? !!

JumpingBarney Sun 09-Nov-14 16:06:49

I had it done privately because we have health insurance through husband's work. But otherwise I'd have gone NHS - it was tingly every now and again so they'd have removed it (turned out nothing was wrong in the end)

I don't think the private surgeon did a great job. I'm not sure if it was his skill, or that I would've got scarring anyway.

Could you get it done NHS? Otherwise, if it bothers you, go for it.

SylvaniansKeepGettingHoovered Sun 09-Nov-14 16:07:51

YANBU at all

I actually don't think £200 is very much to spend on something which you see every single day. You could be really pleased with the result and £200 isn't much, you could easily spend that much on a winter coat, maybe a pair of boots and a couple of tops. I don't think you're being shallow.

Shallow would be, e.g. if you have size C cup breasts but want to buy a bigger pair!!

InfinitySeven Sun 09-Nov-14 16:09:16

A friend had this done. It did scar, but not noticeably. She was glad she'd done it. Four years later, though, it's grown back. Apparently quote common, and she's been for a check about having it removed again, but it seems it's likely to keep coming back.

That would put me off. It doesn't seem worth it for a temporary solution.

championnibbler Sun 09-Nov-14 16:11:01

I would get a facial mole removed TBH, especially if its large or sticks out.
I would go for it. You only be sorry you didn't do it sooner.

NoArmaniNoPunani Sun 09-Nov-14 16:12:08

YANBU. I spent that to have one on my leg removed

HermanSkank Sun 09-Nov-14 16:14:51

YANBU. If it bothers you, go for it. I got my GP to remove a planar wart on my cheekbone that you could hardly even see, but it bothered me and he didn't hesitate to do it. it stung like buggery mind

Meow75 Sun 09-Nov-14 16:17:27

I had one removed from above my top lip when I was 15 on the NHS. Great job - day patient so no overnight stay, very little scarring even accounting for the fact that I burst the incision open after the stitches had been removed and the wound only had some butterfly strips on it.

If you wanna chance NHS and you don't think your doc will go for it, just say that it's been itchy or crusty recently. Soon makes them think of skin cancer.

SylvaniansKeepGettingHoovered Sun 09-Nov-14 17:11:22

Shame on you Meow75, how disgraceful to pretend it's been itchy or crusty and potentially cancerous

notagainffffffffs Sun 09-Nov-14 17:15:02

Yanbu smile your wellbeing and self esteem are important too!

Raininginnovember Sun 09-Nov-14 17:22:36

YANBU - but do check first re scarring. I have an absolutely awful one on my back due to removal of a cyst - can't wear items that scoop low in the back now. I would honestly be horrified if I had that on my face.

TalkinPeace Sun 09-Nov-14 17:24:42

bargain : having DSs mole removed cost me a LOT more than that

and the NHS have eyes : you will not be able to get it done on the NHS without a full family melanoma history and evidence of repeated doctors visits about it when it flared up
(has had a melanoma removed BTW)

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Sun 09-Nov-14 17:25:09

It really depends how you're getting it done. My friend works in the cosmetic/beauty industry and apparently there's a cosmetic, cheap procedure which removes the top of the mole, but not the 'root' iyswim. So if the mole becomes cancerous, there's no outward signs (nothing to get crusty or itchy). So a cancer can be ticking away and no-one can tell.

So I think you have to proceed very carefully and only get it done in a safe, medically approved way - and £200 sounds very cheap for that. Sorry - don't want to be the voice of gloom!

eurochick Sun 09-Nov-14 17:26:06

I think the scarring can be worse than the original blemish. I'd also be a bit concerned about only paying 200 quid. That's not much for a surgeon. I had a cyst removed from my face and was quoted between 450 and 1000 pounds. The surgeon I chose had an nhs plastic surgery practice and gave me confidence.

PacificDogwood Sun 09-Nov-14 17:31:13

It ought to be far more than £200 to include histology (having the removed mole looked at microscopically).
Simple moles are easy to remove, but scarring in the face IS more noticeable than a 'natural' mole, so I'd only consider it if it caused some kind of functional problem i.e. in your line of sight or something. In which case the NHS will fund a plastic surgeon and histology.

YANBU to spend this money on yourself, but I am not sure this is the best way to go about getting rid of a mole.
At the v least check what is included in your £200.

Theladyinpurple Sun 09-Nov-14 17:33:32

Yanbu. I paid a lot more than that to get a few done and I'm so glad I did. There is a very faint scar where they were but barely noticeable.

Vivacia Sun 09-Nov-14 17:37:45

Is this not done on the NHS? I've had a couple taken from my face at the GPs.

shushpenfold Sun 09-Nov-14 17:38:56

I've had this done and it cost over £800.....£200 is seriously cheap!

PacificDogwood Sun 09-Nov-14 17:45:46

It'll depend on health boards, I suspect, Vivacia - here they will not remove benign moles for cosmetic reasons only.

Having moles either shaved off or frozen with liquid nitrogen (mainly used for Basal Cell Papilloma or seborrhoeic warts) does not result in a specimen to send for histology so will only ever be done if the person treating is certain that there's nothing untoward about the mole.

AFAIK since the regulations re sterilisation of instruments and autoclaving have been changed most GPs have stopped doing excision biopsies (anything involving suturing afterwards).

TalkinPeace Sun 09-Nov-14 17:49:19

Mine was done on the NHS because my doctor wanted it biopsied so removing it was the simplest method.

DSs had not flared yet so they would not pay, and I was willing and able to cough up for a small scar now rather than a big scar for free later

Stuffofawesome Sun 09-Nov-14 17:56:00

Google apple cider vinegar for mole removal. If it works could be rid of mole and quids in

fairgame Sun 09-Nov-14 17:56:00

YANBU but think very carefully. I went for a consultation about getting a facial mole removed. The surgeon was very honest and said that the scar would look worse then the mole. I wanted it lasered so that there wouldn't be a scar but it had to be an incision due to the type of mole. He also said that they can grow back as well. I decided not to get it done in the end as i scar quite badly.

FraidyCat Sun 09-Nov-14 18:18:38

I had one removed about 20 years ago, cut out, and a few more removed about 10 years ago, using laser. Completely satisfactory results on both occasions, money well spent.

FraidyCat Sun 09-Nov-14 18:20:58

The people I used are at the below link, compared to their price list, £200 seems cheap.

stinkypants Sun 09-Nov-14 18:54:43

Thanks for info and advice. It's not a dark coloured mole but more skin coloured, a bit like Lisa Faulkner used to have. So I don't think it's a dangerous type although don't know this for sure. It's £200 for one and then £60 for more. Not sure if that's fully inclusive, will have to check. They've said that if it grows back they would redo it. It is the shaving method so no stitches involved. Have read good reviews of the clinic. Don't think gp would do it, although have had another proper mole shaved off as was itchy and bleeding a lot. With this one I did have a few rounds of liquid nitrogen but it didn't work.
Just still not sure if worth it! But I've seen the same mole on other people and find I can't stop looking at it so not sure if people do this with me! !

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