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Old 07-19-2009, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Sunny SC
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I went to the Dermatologist yesterday and he froze several spots on my face, arms and legs. How long does it take to dry up, fall off and go away? I never had that done before. Thanks!
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Old 07-19-2009, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Depends on the individual. I am a very fair-skinned redhead (well, white hair now!) and mine usually take about 1 week to get down to a reddish spot which gradually fades. I had a whole-body mole check a few years ago after my brother had a melanoma and I had over 70 spots treated that day. Talk about uncomfortable!

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Old 07-19-2009, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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My husband has to have this done every six months. They look pretty ghastly, but he swears they only hurt for about an hour.
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:41 AM
 
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There is a cream they can give you to help with the uncomfortable feeling. When I had the 70+ done, I felt like I itched and hurt. The cream helped a lot!
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Sunny SC
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Depends on the individual. I am a very fair-skinned redhead (well, white hair now!) and mine usually take about 1 week to get down to a reddish spot which gradually fades. I had a whole-body mole check a few years ago after my brother had a melanoma and I had over 70 spots treated that day. Talk about uncomfortable!
70? I can't imagine that. I give you credit for getting checked. Most people I know never get checked. Thanks for the info.

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My husband has to have this done every six months. They look pretty ghastly, but he swears they only hurt for about an hour.
Mine only hurt for a second, while they did it but they don't hurt now. Of course the one on my face is the largest and now I have a big black spot on my cheek plus they did a biopsy on my nose. Boy do I look attractive right now. : )
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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70? I can't imagine that. I give you credit for getting checked. Most people I know never get checked. Thanks for the info.

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My brother's doctor told him to tell us (the siblings) to get checked as there may be a genetic component to melanoma. Maybe the type of skin that could be susceptible? Anyway, since I had already had a basal cell carcinoma on my arm, some years ago, I hurried to the dermatologist. I quit counting at 70.

I am going later on today as I have a few more spots on my arms. Why can't they all grow at once, so we could be done with it once and for all? I'm sure I'll be spotted tomorrow!
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Sunny SC
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I think I would pass out after twenty. He also took three biopsies, one on my face. How long do they usuually take to heal? I know everyone is different but do you think in two weeks it would be close to normal?
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:57 PM
 
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I think I would pass out after twenty. He also took three biopsies, one on my face. How long do they usuually take to heal? I know everyone is different but do you think in two weeks it would be close to normal?
Depends on how he did it. My basal cell was removed with a punch biopsy instruement, which left a cylindrical hole in my arm, maybe 1/4 inch deep. That took months to look fairly normal but I can't find it any more.

If it was a shave biopsy, it should heal quicker.
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Sunny SC
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I'm guessing it was a shave - I couldn't look when he did it. Thank you.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:58 PM
 
Location: South of Houston
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I went to the Dermatologist yesterday and he froze several spots on my face, arms and legs. How long does it take to dry up, fall off and go away? I never had that done before. Thanks!
I've had this done several times and typically if it's small it will take a minimum of 2 weeks to heal. Now please understand this is only from my own experiences. I commend you on having this done as most folks are not aware of the possibility of having skin cancer.

I've been visiting my dermatologist on a regular basis for the past 5 years. Being 55 now, I worked outside when I was much younger for a number of years and it is now catching up with me. I just had Mohs surgery for squamous cell carcinoma about 6 weeks ago. It was caught very early due to my frequent exams. No pain and the scar is healing well.

Please continue your exams. The minor inconvience of a scab is nothing compaired to having a skin cancer that is to late to take action on.
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