Jump to content

Facial moles.. How to get rid of them?
With pic


  • Please log in to reply
19 replies to this topic

#1 Peridot

Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:37 AM


So this is a face pic of me. Sorry for it being sideways, no idea why or how it happened. Anyway, I have three moles, one next to my nose, one near the tip, and one near the bridge. They annoy me to no end. Have you had anything similar removed from your face without the scar being worse? Is it possible to get them removed without having private health? No idea if there is waiting lists or not for this type of thing. We have a health care card.Thanks original.gif

ETA: ok.. It didn't end up sideways lol

Edited by Peridot, 17 February 2013 - 10:38 AM.


#2 FizzlingFireboxes

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:41 AM

I'm interested in replies for this as well. I have moles on my face probably around 10 of them which are much larger than the ones you have! My DH calls one a coco pop, as that's what it looks like.

Would love info on scarring, cost etc.. Mainly scarring as its on your face.

#3 purplekitty

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:46 AM

I would only see a plastic surgeon and that is expensive,with or without PHI. They will usually charge a gap.
You could just have the initial consultation and decide from there.

#4 Escapin

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:48 AM

I've recently had 3 lasered off, and it was great. Got a referral from my GP to a specialist laser clinic. Cost $750, you do get some back but I have got around to claiming yet. Would definitely recommend it, don't know why I didn't do it sooner!! Each mole bled/weeped for a few days and then all good.

#5 CupOfCoffee

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

I once got a quote for a plastic surgeon to remove similar moles (I have some on my back and neck).  They required a dr to check them first (to make sure they are not bad) and then they can remove them (it got cheaper per mole the more you got done).  I can't remember the price, but I think it was going to cost about $400 to get about 6 done if I remember correctly.

Edit: reading the other prices, my memory might be quite bad about how much it cost.

Edited by CupOfCoffee, 17 February 2013 - 11:56 AM.


#6 beaglebaby

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

I scar badly so I've mainly left mine.  My GP wanted one in the same spot as the one beside your nose removed as it was dark and suspicious looking and suggested I get a plastic surgeon to do it.  I'm glad I had private health as it involved an initial consultation, medicare paid a portion of this, then what they considered day surgery at a private hospital - although it was a case of sit in the waiting room, get walked to theatre, have it done under local, then sit and wait for half an hour in another room until they cleared me to leave.  I hate to think what the cost for the theatre time would have been without private health.  The follow up appt was covered under the surgery cost. They did pathology on the mole too and there was a gap for that fee too.

I have a small line scar, it certainly is a better job than moles I've had removed on my back and legs.  He made the line go in line with my nose so it's barely visible.

#7 *cough*

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:53 AM

I've one too, I will get it removed one day. My GP tells me he can refer me to a plastic surgeon. All up it will cost about $1000.

#8 JillyJellyBean

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:58 AM

I recently had some removed by a plastic surgeon. He just lightly sliced them off at skin level. There is a very slight chance they will grow back, but it was such a simple procedure, Im not that fissd if it doesnt work permanently.

#9 ~elle~

Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:19 PM

I had one on my forehead - I was referred to a Dermatologist by the GP. It was a 6 month wait to get in. I was not happy waiting as it was changing so I went to Molescan. I got in within a week - they checked my whole body for other moles - some I was concerned with /others no so much.

But the one I was really worried about they photographed it, sliced it at skin level, it need abit of catuerising as it bled a tiny bit ( i didn't notice), covered it - was told to keep the area clean and dry for a few days. There was a tiny scab that fell off - and they sent it to the lab for testing. The call back was that it was nothing to worry about and now you can't tell where it was.

It cost $85 - you get some back but as mine is set up to electronically go into my bank account I don't know how much.


#10 Goggie

Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:34 PM

I have moles on my back that I'd like removed one day mainly due to skin cancer risk
but haven't had it done due to cost. Molescan is over $300 and not claimable on Medicare or my PHI plan.

But I wouldn't remove yours, I honestly think you're gorgeous and they are barely noticeable. I had to look at the photo very closely to even see them.

#11 AnotherFeral

Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:47 PM

I had some removed by a plastic surgeon in his rooms, so there were no hospital costs. Medicare covered most of it (I think because it wasn't considered purely cosmetic in my case), and I was out of pocket about $110 for the procedure. I also had to buy an antibiotic cream to apply to the wounds while they healed; it wasn't expensive from memory. I had an initial consult too where he looked at the moles and explained the different treatment options. I can't remember how much that consult was, so it can't have been too bad.

My surgeon did a procedure where he only removed the portion above skin level. There was less chance of scarring with this option, though it means the mole could possibly grow back in a few years' time. If this happens I will get the same procedure done again since I was so pleased with the results the first time.

I am so glad to be free of them and my only regret is not doing it years sooner.

OP if you really do want them gone, see your GP for a referral and see a plastic surgeon to at least find out what your options are. You might be pleasantly surprised.

#12 Kay1

Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

QUOTE
But I wouldn't remove yours, I honestly think you're gorgeous and they are barely noticeable. I had to look at the photo very closely to even see them.

I agree!!

My son had a nevus (mole) removed last year. It was with a plastic surgeon and required day surgery. It cost us $1200 after rebates. The scar is currently quite noticeable but we are hoping it will fade a lot more.  Either way it looks better than the dark spot right next to his eye.

#13 Romeo Void

Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

I think your moles are cute too, but do other people in your family have them and do they grow?  I ask as I had a couple that on my face that I quite liked, one I would colour with eyeliner to bring it out even more (Madonna anyone?).  But they grew, and grew and by the time I got them cut off they were like rice bubbles.  I had them removed by a plastic surgeon as one was in an odd spot (where the foot of your sunglasses sit) and I was told if it wasn't done correctly the taut skin could pull my eye down.  One was cut and one was sliced at skin level.  The one that was cut has healed so well I'm damned if I can find ANY scare, the one that was sliced off has left a white mark.  So my experience is that I prefer the cutting away.

Oh, and a tip I was given was to keep the steri-strip tape on as long as you can, a couple of weeks if you can manage it.  A girlfriend of mine who had a breast reduction was told the tape helps stop scarring so I did this and it seemed to work.

#14 snortle

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:19 AM

-

Edited by snortle, 20 May 2014 - 09:30 PM.


#15 Fenrir

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:52 AM

I had one removed on my chin that was larger than any you have. It was done by a skin specialist GP in his rooms under a local and was over and done with in 15 mins. No cost at all. There was nothing to worry about with the mole itself but it was bugging me as it had hairs growing out of it that I would pluck all the time. The worst part was the local anaesthetic -  blink.gif ffear.gif  

Yes I have a small scar but I had it done 8 months ago and it is barely noticeable. I would start at your GP and take it from there.

#16 Feral-Lausii

Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:03 AM

I had one removed on my upper lip as the doctor was worried about it. Local anesthetic only, it healed up nicely and the scar is not noticeable at all. It was done in the GP office.  original.gif

#17 dotty27

Posted 10 March 2013 - 11:57 PM

I have one on the tip of my nose but is of no colour, and saw a plastic surgeon who said no to removing as scar might be worse

#18 Coffeegirl

Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:46 AM

I had a large raised black mole removed from my side.  Was about 1.5 cm long and raised about 1/2 cm.   It sat right where my bra wrapped around my ribs and I was always catching it on the elastic and making it bleed.

Mine was burnt off in the GP's office.  Took 10 minutes and I have a light scar where the mole was.

If it was on my face, I'd be going to a plastic surgeon rather than a GP.

#19 Bart.

Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:52 AM

I had one removed from my cheek by a plastic surgeon.  There is a tiny indent where it was but (un)fortunately I'm very freckly so you can't see it.  I can't give you a price because it was done at the same time I had the breast reduction under general.

I would definitely see a plastic surgeon for removal of moles on the face, especially on your nose.  It's worth the cost, in my opinion!

#20 BenevolentDictator

Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:26 AM

I agree with PPs that you should see a plastic surgeon where moles on your face are concerned, if you're at all worried about scarring.

I had a large mole removed but it was perhaps 20 years ago... it was not stable and whilst not malignant as such it did show some signs of growing.  It was cut out; an elliptical incision then pulled together.  Burning or slicing wasn't an option as it was so deep.  The plastic surgeon followed the line of my smile and the scar is barely noticeable - his stitching was so fine.






1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.