Nose Job (Rhinoplasty) Questions and Answers
All my life i have had a large raised mole on my nose. It is about 6 millimetres all the way around and i hate it. It makes me feel unattractive and whats more i often worry that one day it may become cancerous. My mum says because i've had it all my life it'll probably be fine because its sort of like a birth mark, but that still doesn't solve that fact that i hate the way it looks. Whenever i meet someone new i can always tell that they are looking at it and it makes me feel selfconsious and embarrased. Because its so big would it be possible to have it removed? would i need plastic surgery? the thought of a big operation really scares me.- sarah
Dear Sarah, You mother is right and there is only a slight chance of this becoming a cancer, however, appearance is very important and I understand how you would like it removed. The procedure would not be a big one but that area is particularly difficult to remove a largish lesion from without special techniques. I would suggest that you visit with a plastic surgeon in your area to discuss the options. Unfortunately, lasers, dry ice, etc. will not permanently remove a mole and so surgery is necessary.
-- Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon