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So, I accidently cut off a freckle/small mole while shaving my face. What will happen?

Asked by Afos22 (3580 points ) August 9th, 2011

My face was getting pretty scraggly. So, I decided to shave. After I had removed all the hair/shaving cream from my face, I gazed into the mirror. And, to my amazement, a freckle/mole, that was about an inch to the right of my nose, was missing. I either cut it off, or ripped it out while shaving. It didn’t bleed, but it left a small indentation where it had been. What will happen next? Will it grow back? Will it stay off? And, say I didn’t want it to come back. Is there a way to prevent it from returning?

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JLeslie's avatar

It could grow back. Certain types are more likely to grow back than others. It also matters if you removed all the roots of the mole I think. The most important thing is, had the mole been there a long time, and had never changed? You just want to be sure it was not cancer of course, because now you removed the warning sign, the mole itself. If it was a typicaly perfectly round mole that has been there forever, I would not worry about it. I don’t think you can do anything to prevent it from coming back.

tedd's avatar

From what I’ve read/been told, they typically don’t come back. You will probably have that indent for a long time (if not life) though.

athenasgriffin's avatar

I had a mole removed and it came back. Mostly I would be worried about scarring my face. However, if it is so shallow that it was completely removed by your shaving, I doubt it will return.

Seelix's avatar

I have a mole on my calf that’s been there forever. I’ve cut it a time or two while shaving my legs, and it’s bled and healed back to normal.

I would imagine that yours won’t come back, simply because it came off so easily. I don’t know that there’s a way to prevent its coming back, though.

marinelife's avatar

It will grow back.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

It sounds really odd that it didn’t bleed, making me wonder if it was a freckle or a mole. This site may provide an answer.

Afos22's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Please elaborate if you can.

Brian1946's avatar

Seinfeld/ How about making an appointment with one of those pimple-popper doctors?/Seinfeld.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@Afos22 I have a lot of freckles and a few moles. There is a cyst on my right leg that has been there for about 15 years. One time, there was a wart on an arm. Each time one was cut, either intentionally or unintentionally, like @Seelix‘s example, they grew back. I’ve never cut a freckle though. They lay flat on my skin…I just monitor them for change. The only growth that has fallen off without bleeding and left an indentation came from having Chicken Pox.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Mine have always come back.

rebbel's avatar

I had one that I shaved off, it bled like crazy, but it didn’t came back.

King_Pariah's avatar

I had a mole on the back of my neck which was accidentally cut off, it came back. Then it was scraped off, it hasn’t come back. Now the one on my arm… well that’s probably my pet cancer.

Hibernate's avatar

I’d go see a doctor. It’s safer this way.

Afos22's avatar

@Hibernate I would not care to waste my time and money to see a doctor over such a simple matter. I have to admit. I hesitated to ask this question on fluther about a mole, because I knew that 5 people would say “cancer”, and 5 others would say, “I would see a doctor”

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Afos22 I wouldn’t see a doctor unless it grows back with eyeballs ;P

Pandora's avatar

That use to happen to my husband a lot. He finally had it removed surgically and out of the three he had only one returned. It is just a tiny brown spot. But the doc told him it could always come back. But he would always cut them and he finally decided to have them removed when he cut the big one and it bled for a long time.

ETpro's avatar

Whenever you do that, you will did. Mind you, it may take 50 or 100 years, but that is what will evenetually happen.

Now, to put your mind at rest, that would happen in the same time frame had you not accidentally cut the mole off.

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