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Can you remove moles even if not painful?

By February 20, 2010 - 5:41pm
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I am 22
I have two big brown moles on my back visible when I wear strappy tops etc and I hate them I am so embarrassed,I see girls with nice clear backs and I want to wear these tops without feeling like everyone is looking and pointing. Can I get these removed by the doctor even though they are not painful? As I am considering this.

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I just don't have great self esteem and I feel I would at least be a bit more confident if I didnt have these,I always think people are looking and pointing out my imperfections.I know its a bit stupid but it is how i feel,
thankyou for your help.

February 21, 2010 - 12:14pm
(reply to leannek87)

Hi..thanks for writing back!

Your feelings are not stupid by any means...we all have our insecurities, and some days (or even years) we feel better about ourselves than compared to other times. Sometimes our insecurity can be about our physical self; other times it can be about our emotional ups & downs, social "inadequacies", mental/intellectual challenges, etc.

Please know you are not alone in wanting to change something about your body, in hopes that it will bring about self-esteem...this is probably why cosmetic surgery is such a profitable industry. If you truly feel that the moles are the only thing holding you back from being more confident, and you have weighed the pros/cons with your health care provider, than it may be a good choice for you. I hope you also use this time to reflect on other ways you can gain more confidence...we can help you, if you'd like! :-) I'd like to give you a big virtual hug!

The one thing that helps me get through my "low self esteem days" is to know that most people are ego-centric when it comes to their physical selves, and are more concerned with their OWN appearance rather than even noticing someone else.

Anyways, let us know what the Dermatologist says, as your information could help other women who are considering mole removal for cosmetic purposes.

Take care!

February 21, 2010 - 1:03pm

Yes, a mole does not have to be painful to be removed. In fact, most of the moles removed are NOT painful, and women who are worried about a mole (due to skin cancer, for instance) may have a mole removed by a dermatologist, without the mole being painful (in other words, early forms of skin cancer does not usually include pain as a symptom).

It is actually a great idea to have a Dermatologist check your skin, and you can ask for moles to be removed for cosmetic reasons (there does not have to be a potential medical/health concern).

Lastly, I'm sure you already know this, but I hope you weigh the pros/cons of having moles removed for cosmetic reasons. It's concerning to read that you think women would be staring and pointing at your moles, and that you are comparing yourself to a perception of women with clear backs or some other "perfection" that you see (these women are probably equally self-conscious about another part of their body). Please make the decision for you, not based on your assumptions of what other people may/may not be thinking or noticing about you!

February 21, 2010 - 8:19am
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