PSA For Your Skin - Get Your Moles Checked
I Had A Mole Removed On My Back - This Is What It Was Like
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Several months ago, an odd bump appeared on my wrist. It didn’t look out of the ordinary by it’s appearance, but I could feel it raised on my skin. I knew I should go see a dermatologist, but it was one of those things that I kept putting off.
One day, I finally made my skin (and myself!) a priority. It’s always so hard to take that first step to making any sort of appointment. I first reached out to my health insurance in order to get the names of local in-network providers. I found one within five minutes of my house. I made an appointment and was able to get in within two weeks.
I had four skin things I wanted looked at. Three moles, and one red spot. My doctors decided that two of the moles were of slight concern to him (one of them being the newly formed mole on my wrist). He did an in-office scraping that day.
The in-office scraping was a breeze. He numbed up the spots, and then shaved away a few skin layers. He told me that they would look at the skin layers and cells under a microscope, and would get back to me with the results.
The mole on my wrist came back as a non-concern. However, the mole on my back was of medium concern. It was not skin cancer, but it wasn’t quite right. My doctor decided it was best go in an remove the rest.
I scheduled a 30 minute in-office procedure for the final mole removal. I went back a week later, and under local anesthetic, he went in and “got it all” (which was later confirmed after analysis).
It left quite the mark! Here is what he area on my back looked like after the stitches came out:
It was a large chunk of skin that ended up being removed. I had about six stitches. Each day, I applied petroleum jelly and a bandage. After a few weeks of healing, there is hardly a mark.
I am so glad that I went to the skin doctor before this mole became more of an issue. I’ll be going back every year for an annual skin-check. When it comes to anything related to your health, why wait? May yourself a priority - you, and your family, will thank you!