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Adventures with moles - Tactical Ninja

Jan. 8th, 2016

09:34 am - Adventures with moles

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A couple of people have asked to be updated on my progress getting rid of moles*. I looked up various removal processes and it was looking to be a minimum of $500 to remove the ones I'd like to be rid of. That's a lot of money, so I started to explore various DIY options. I chose the two that have already ripped as my case studies, since the rest haven't actually offended me yet they can stay for the time being.

First I tried the freezy stuff from Scholl's. It's pretty straightforward and is more or less the same as the freezing process they use at the doctor's. It definitely froze them and one of them started to look quite unhappy, but 24 hours later they were both standing up and juicy as again.

So I tried richaarde's suggestion of strangling them to death. This works on the same principle as putting a rubber ring on lambs' balls - constrict their blood supply and they'll shrivel up and drop off. I didn't have any tiny rubber bands, so I used shirring elastic. It was a real mission getting it on, but eventually I did.

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Not the easist things in the world to photograph. They're on my sides, and the bottom one is also somewhat towards the back.  However, you can see in the pics that they are looking quite shrivelled, and when I poke them with a pin there is no feeling in them.  This is a good sign.

The top one in particular should drop off in a couple of days.  If it doesn't, I'll probably assist it with a razor blade because they are currently keeping me from training and that is supoptimal.

So there you have it.  Self-doctorin' like a bawss!  Or like someone who's lost all faith in the medical system and is willing to tolerate a little pain and risk to save herself five hundred bucks.

* I should note that these are actually more likely to be skin tags than moles. They are loose and floppy, raised from the skin, and have a 'stalk' that is thinner than the main mass. The unusual thing about them that's made me think they might be moles, is that they're dark brown, and I'm pasty white. Skin tags are usually the same colour as the surrounding skin. So maybe they're mole tags. Anyway, it's obvious they don't have a root that goes down into the dermis, they are surface only.

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From:helianthas
Date:January 7th, 2016 09:39 pm (UTC)
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My skin tags are a darker shade than my skin. Not as dark as yours though!
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From:tatjna
Date:January 7th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Mine weren't this dark before I strangle-fied them. They were about half way between that and my normal skin tone.
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From:richaarde
Date:January 8th, 2016 02:32 am (UTC)
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I found tiny elastic bands sold near the hair care products at a store near me. (I guess they're normally used to tie up hair?) I would wrap one around the skin tag a bunch of times and just leave it there until it dried out. It was annoying because the skin tag kept catching on my clothes, but otherwise it was fairly painless.

You can clip off the skin tag with nail clippers once it's dried out. It shouldn't bleed if you clip it high enough up the stem of the skin tag. Whatever little bit is left will drop off in time.
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From:richaarde
Date:January 8th, 2016 02:33 am (UTC)
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Also, I don't think it's that unusual for skin tags to be dark in color. Most of mine have been dark brown.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 8th, 2016 02:34 am (UTC)
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Good to know on both counts, thanks! And yeah, nail clippers sounds like a good idea - if they aren't off by tomorrow I'll do that.
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From:kehleyr
Date:January 8th, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC)
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I need to do this myself!
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From:pundigrion
Date:January 9th, 2016 12:43 am (UTC)
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When the military took mine off, they froze the area with a topical just a little and then just snipped it and stuck a band-aid over it so snipping once it has dried a bit seems totally legit.
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From:warriorsavant
Date:January 9th, 2016 03:36 am (UTC)
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Despite what I do for a living, when you said you wanted to get rid of moles, I thought you were having issues with the subterranean animals in your garden.

Five hundred dollars? Either the NZ dollar isn't worth spit, or I'm living in the wrong country.

PS: The Dr. Scholl's freeze stuff is not the same as liquid nitrogen in a doctor's office. Liquid nitrogen is -196º Celsius; the Dr. Scholl's only gets down to about -40-45ºC, which is about the same as a bad winter's day in Winnipeg.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 9th, 2016 03:54 am (UTC)
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Yes, I was aware it wasn't liquid nitrogen, but not what the temperature difference was. It clearly wasn't enough to do them any damage anyway.

The NZ dollar was artificially dropped some time last year, and now it isn't worth spit - it's about 60c on the US dollar I believe at the moment. Despite this $500 was the *cheapest* I was quoted. One person wanted to charge me $1000 for 5. I didn't call them back. It seems they are using a gadget called a Surgitron (which must have been named by someone's kid) that uses radio waves and apparently leaves no scarring.

My experience has been that since I don't care about scarring, I'm pretty happy with my shirring elastic method. I snipped them off with nail clippers this morning and there was almost no bleeding and little pain. I think I could probably do it without the tying off first but it'd hurt more and bleed more. I'm done for now though, and will only remove the rest if they get caught on things.
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From:fbhjr
Date:January 10th, 2016 01:50 am (UTC)
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Interesting way to deal with them!
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