I recently had the mole on my face removed and I have absolutely zero regrets. My only regret is not doing it sooner! Here’s a recap of my mole removal experience at Birmingham Private Clinic‘s UK SKIN surgery:
On the beauty scale, moles tend to fluctuate. Some moles are seen as a mark of beauty meanwhile others are just seen as almost hideous.
I experienced both feelings towards my mole. In my twenties, I didn’t mind it at all but the older I got, the more I noticed it and resented it. I felt like it was starting to ‘distract’ as opposed to ‘add’ anything to my facial features. So I decided it was time to get rid of it. It also didn’t help that my mole was the subject of several direct messages I received numerous times on Instagram with people suggesting I get it removed. Not that I gave in to their unsolicited comments in any way but by that point, I was beyond ready for it to be gone, GONE!
Of course, it took me years to come to this decision and actually go through with it because of how little I knew about mole removals.
Aesthetics aside, sometimes getting a mole removed is just necessary for your health. Fortunately, in my case, it was pure aesthetics. My mole was benign so I did not need a skin biopsy or anything like that to get the removal done.
Before the procedure
No matter the reason for the mole removal, the actual process is pretty much very straightforward and easy. I had my consultation over the phone. After which I sent several close-up pictures of the mole over to the clinic for the mole to assessed. After the assessment, the clinic gives you a quote based off the size of the mole and the procedure required. This varies for everyone but prices usually start from £180. Mine didn’t require any extra stitches and cost £240 in total.
During the appointment
The entire procedure lasted all of 15-20 minutes max. Which was such a relief to me! I didn’t feel a thing either. Honestly, the anticipation was worse than the actual procedure. And I wish I wasn’t that anxious because there was nothing to worry about. First of all, the UK SKIN clinic surgeon is a skin lesion and mole removal expert who has performed mole removal surgery on over 200 moles.
He explained what exactly the procedure entailed and answered any questions I had. He then prepped and cleaned the area and injected a local anaesthetic on the mole for pain relief. The pain relief kicks in almost immediately. Once the doctor confirmed it had kicked in, he proceeded to excise the mole. The area didn’t require any stitches and was cauterised (or burned off) to stop any bleeding.
The overall healing time usually lasts anywhere from a few days to a few weeks based on how big the mole was and how deep your doctor has to cut. The most important thing is to keep the area dry to allow the scab to heal and fall off naturally as quickly as possible. I was advised to keep the area as dry as possible and avoid doing any heavy exercise.
My mole was on my hairline so it meant not washing my hair for a couple of weeks at least. I stubbornly tried to wash it one week in and the scab went all oozy and it wasn’t pretty at all. Getting the area wet also lengthens the time it takes for it to heal up. So I would say DEFINITELY keep it dry at all times and only apply (newly bought) petroleum jelly to the area if you have to. I also noticed that hairstyles that strained my hairline would cause the healing scab to open up again so I had to void doing high buns or pulling my hair back for a few weeks.
There is very minimal scarring with mole removals as you can see from my post-removal photos. This is a little over a month after removal. The scar should gradually disappear with time. But I am extremely pleased with how my skin looks already! I feel so much more confident and I did have a huge sigh of relief once it was all done.
Do you have any moles or beauty marks? How do you feel about them?
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Meanwhile, if you’re thinking about getting that mole removed, do not be anxious! Speak to your doctor, as long as it’s benign and you want it removed, you’ll be happy you did it sooner.