Facial moles can be unattractive, especially when they appear right on the eyelids. Dermatologists, along with cosmetic surgeons, plastic surgeons and oculoplastic surgeons eliminate these types of moles. They can be taken out through surgery along with the help of laser treatment because the blemishes left from these moles can even turn to skin tumors (melanomas). Melanomas do not tend to remain on the face alone and can even spread to internal organs. For this reason, it is important to get professional help for getting an eyelid mole removed.
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Common Types of Moles
The most common type of eyelid mole looks raised a little above the skin level; the second-most common mole is somewhat darker in shade and is raised above the skin level too. The raised moles run deep into the skin and require surgery to remove them. The moles characterized by a small growth with a narrow stalk are called skin tags. Skin tags are typically flesh-colored or maybe a tone darker than the skin. These are easy to get rid of as any physician can simply clip them off. Flat moles, on the other hand, are the dark spots and skin irregularities we usually find. These can be removed with the help of two to three laser treatments.
Suspicious Eyelid Moles
Eyelid moles can be very annoying with eyelashes constantly brushing the eyes. Even though most experts believe that moles are usually harmless, according to the National Cancer Institute, melanoma is one of the most serious types of cancer. Therefore, if the doctor finds some suspicious eyelid moles, the patient is required to have a thorough body checkup.
Removal Through Surgery and Laser
Usually an oculoplastic surgeon clips off the mole from the surface of the skin and the mole stump is later removed by burning with the help of an electric instrument. However, there are cases where the oculoplastic surgeon has to remove some of the healthy skin along with the mole to ensure there are no cancerous cells left in the skin. For this purpose, he has to make an incision around the eyelid mole and the wound is stitched by self-absorbing stitches along with many nonabsorbing sutures for closing the upper surface of the skin. For a flat mole, two to four appointments are required for removing the dark pigment completely.