Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mole Removal

Alex has had 2 pretty good sized moles on his stomach for as long as I can remember. Recently, one of them has been hurting and bleeding and changing color etc. We decided it was finally time to go see the dermatologist. Today was the day. Alex was nervous. She took a look at the moles and determined that they needed to come off. She said she could "shave" them off today, or schedule a "surgical removal" that would have to be another day. Alex wanted to do that, I said take them off right now since we were already there.
She numbed it with a shot, right beneath the mole and then took a flat metal rectangular tool with a hole in the middle (and obviously some sort of sharp blade) and just skimmed the moles right off. Here is what was left when she was done...
this is the one that was fine and not causing any problems, it was just really big.
Here is the one that has been bleeding and bothering him.
You will notice he has been wearing a band aid over the bottom one (all the sticky marks). It was pretty gross and cool to watch, he was a trooper and did a great job. It hurt for a few hours after but it wasn't too bad. We went to Chuckarama for lunch afterwards. Hopefully they will heal well and he won't have really big scars!

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