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Can A Mole On Skin Disappear Or Fall Off? ~ Yes, It Can
Being Fair Skinned, I've Had Moles All My Life
Being a fair-skinned person can lead to skin problems that others with darker complexions might never be able to relate to. Skin that is naturally light contains less melanin and is prone to things like sunburn, freckles, and of course, moles. I've had moles all my life. Most were in places like my lower back. I even had a couple of them surgically removed from my lower back area. Others have been on my arms and shoulders. I do also have one small mole on my face that I'm able to hide pretty well with makeup.
I remember one time when I was in my 20's, I had a mole surgically removed from my back and I swore I would never do that again. The doctor who removed it was a general practitioner, not a dermatologist, and he ended up really cutting into my back. I was left with several stitches and a pretty big scar that took decades to fade though I can barely notice it now.
At the time, though, I swore I would never go back to that doctor for another mole removal. Keep in mind that this was back in the late 1970's, so medicine has changed a lot since then. If I needed to see a doctor today for mole removal, I would definitely choose a dermatologist who has experience in removing them.
Mole removal today can be done in three ways. A mole can be removed by laser treatment, which is usually done if the mole is in a very noticeable place. It can also be shaved off and cauterized or surgically removed. Afterward, the mole is sent to a lab to be tested for cancer. I definitely advise going to see a dermatologist in the case of any type of questionable mole on one's body.
With my history of moles, it didn't surprise me much when later in life I developed two moles on my neck. One was lower down on my neck while the other was almost at the chin line. The one at the chin line was pretty big. I never dreamed that one might just go away one day, but it did. It didn't just happen overnight. It took probably about two months for it to completely go away.
It began with slight itching, and if I scratched, little bits would flake off. I thought that was strange, but didn't focus on it too much. It didn't bother me except for the occasional itching. It would also occasionally bleed, but only a very little. It was never enough to warrant any alarm. It kept just "sloughing" off (for lack of a better way to describe it) until there was just one small piece left of it. And then that piece came off.
Ever since then, I have a light and slowly fading pink spot where the mole was. That seemed strange to me. I was going to see a doctor in a couple months anyway and was going to see if she could recommend a dermatologist to remove the mole for me. I don't have to do that now, because it is gone! It basically disappeared on its own. So, that led me to wonder if this really does happen or if it's just a strange thing that happened to me?
After some research, I did find that moles can, indeed, just disappear. It can happen to older adults once their skin has settled, and no more new moles are growing on the skin. In some cases, it happens due to the body's immune system attacking the mole and removing it naturally. Whatever the reason, I'm just glad that mine's gone!
In the picture below, you can see one mole down lower on my neck. Above it, about an inch, maybe 1 1/2 inches is the pink spot where a large, brown, raised mole used to be. The yellowish tinge in the picture is from the camera flash... I probably should have taken the picture without flash. But, you can see in this picture that all I have left is a pinkish spot where this mole used to be.
Moles Really Can Disappear!
What I've Learned About Moles Is Interesting
I've learned a lot about moles because of this experience. Moles are areas of melanocytes that have built up on a spot on the skin over time, eventually giving them that raised appearance. They can range in color from nearly black to brown to light brown to red. They should be watched by a dermatologist and it is advised to have moles checked once a year. Moles that change, grow, develop irregular borders, bleed, and even itch should be checked out. Most moles are benign and harmless, but the ones that do turn into cancerous moles can be extremely dangerous, making regular dermatologist visits advisable.
Another skin anomaly, known as skin tags, are normally caused by an area of skin being repeatedly rubbed by other areas of skin over time. Skin tags are usually always benign and typically develop in folds of skin. I do have one skin tag on my lower back. One hallmark of skin tags is that they are flesh colored and not brown, reddish, or black like moles. They are small, benign tumors of the skin. There are also ways to remove skin tags just like there are ways to remove moles.
The skin is one area of the body that is constantly changing over the years. Moles most often first develop and go through changes earlier on in life. Once a person becomes middle aged, any moles accumulated over time are established and don't usually change much in middle age. Sometimes, however, a mole can disappear the way mine did. Many factors affect skin changes including exposure to the sun. It is extremely important to use a good sunscreen to protect your skin when outdoors, especially those who live in a sunny climate.