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A woman has shocked her social media followers after deciding to drill off a mole on her face.
TikTok user @lillyrosehockley filmed herself drilling the mole off, which you can watch below:
Followers were utterly horrified at the video, with one commenting: "Girl, what was the thought process?"
While another said: "Why would you ever think of doing that?"
We're squeamish just watching!
And it looks like Lilly massively regrets trying to remove the mole herself, after she posted a follow-up video showing the aftermath of what had happened.
In the video, the mole - and the area directly around the mole - looked so sore and had started to bleed. She wrote: "Do not recommend drilling off a mole... Think I've ruined my face."
After a few days, the mole appeared to scab over, but one person pointed out that they had too tried the same DIY removal, and the mole ended up returning.
"Girl... I did kinda the same thing... but it came back so... go to the doctor and let [them] remove it if you don't like."
While another added: "I scraped one of my moles off by mistake bc I was itchy and it came back."
One added: "I have the same mole on the opposite side. I actually scraped it off and it just got bigger. It doesn't bother me anymore now."
Speaking to Tyla Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme, Skin Expert and Medical Director/Founder of Adonia Medical Clinic said: "It's so important to not remove any mole, growth or lesion from the face for a couple of reasons.
"Firstly, if you're going to have something removed, you need to make sure that it's safe to do so i.e. that it's not a cancerous lesion or a growth to be concerned about. A doctor would typically do a biopsy, and a pathologist will confirm whether it's benign or not.
"Secondly, removing something yourself, especially in the way shown here, can cause a number of issues. There are also blood vessels in this area which if disturbed, can cause excess bleeding and bruising.
"Plus, an infection on this area of the face can lead to something called facial cellulitis, which can cause the entire face to become infected, not just the isolated area. Not to mention the effects of scarring, both short and long term. The scars could be pigmented, red, raised or keloid."
Please, never drill off a mole and always seek the advice of your GP or a medically trained professional.
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