If you have a mole pop out of nowhere, you may be worried. That’s why a visit to the dermatologist is needed. Before you get going, there are a few ways you can prepare yourself. We’ll be running through them below, so keep reading.
Find A Good Dermatologist
You can’t go to just any dermatologist to get your mole removed. This is a huge no-no as the procedure can be extensive. What’s more is, your mole needs to be biopsied so the clinic needs to be good at this part. You also won’t have a safe mole removal if he doesn’t know what he’s doing. All in all, you can only find a good dermatologist by doing your research.
Watch the Mole
One of the major things you have to do before you go to the doctor is monitoring how your mole is doing. It’s not normal for it to change colour, shape or size. Unfortunately, this happens though. When it does, it’s important that you note down each of these changes. This helps the doctor determine the severity of the issue, and helps him get to a diagnosis quicker.
Jog Your Memory
Before you get to the doctor, one of the many things you have to do is jogging your memory as well. This is as the doctor needs to know when the mole first showed up. Unfortunately, you may not have been paying attention to your body, making you miss such a vital point.
Not only do you need to jog your memory, you also need to learn about your family history. This is one of the first questions your doctor will ask you as this will show him a glimpse of what you may have. For example, skin cancer isn’t genetic.
You shouldn’t just know general things about your family history. Instead, you need to know if they’ve had moles like yours as well.
Clean the Mole
You need to clean the mole. You may have makeup or other stuff in the way. This will be removed by the nurse and most of the time, they don’t do that thorough of a job at this. So, whatever may be on the mole could contaminate your biopsy results.
What Medications Are You On?
Getting the mole removed can take long depending on the medication you’re on. For example, you may be on blood thinners, so when the doctor cuts the mole out, you’ll start bleeding profusely. Not only could this danger your life, it also slows down the procedure as the blood flowing out of you will be tended to for a very long time- after all, it’s shooting out of you.
Depending on how big the mole is, the procedure to get it out can take a while. When this happens, you’ll be sitting in the doctor’s office for a while. This is hell on earth if you’ve not eaten as you won’t be able to concentrate.
All in all, there are a number of things you have to keep in mind when you’re about to get a mole removed. So, heed the above points as it’ll help you the most.