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Q: Mole Excision ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Mole Excision
Category: Health > Beauty
Asked by: saturatd-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 07 Jul 2006 11:32 PDT
Expires: 06 Aug 2006 11:32 PDT
Question ID: 744158
Hi all ?

I would like to remove a mole close to my eyelids. 

Could anyone suggest any *cheap* and *low risk* method of excising the mole? 

Here?s a picture of the mole -

I?m from New Zealand ? I would prefer something based locally though :)

Thanks in advance for your time!

Clarification of Question by saturatd-ga on 07 Jul 2006 11:35 PDT
Apologies - here's the correct image link again

Cheers :)
Subject: Re: Mole Excision
Answered By: crabcakes-ga on 07 Jul 2006 13:52 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Saturatd,

    Good for you for wanting to remove the mole, and I say that not
for cosmetic reasons, but moles can sometimes become malignant. Being
on your face, the mole is exposed more to sun than moles that are
covered by clothing.

   The lowest risk procedure will be determined after a dermatologist
examines your mole, and takes a medical history. S/he will determine
how the mole is best removed, be it excision or laser. Even with your
picture, we can?t tell how deep the mole is, or its consistency. It
appears that the mole is high enough above the lid that it should be
easier to remove than if it were on the lid itself. An examining
physician will decide the next step. Be sure you allow ONLY a licensed
physician work on your eyelid, and not a laser operated by a

Because of the proximity of the mole to your eye, I would urge you NOT
to try any home laser, or herbal remedies. I would hate to think of
you incurring vision loss or eye problems to save money! Because you
are seeking a safe method, it?s doubtful you would try any of those

Please make an appointment with a dermatologist (links listed below)
and get your mole evaluated. If you are uninsured, perhaps the doctor
can work out a payment plan for you. Don?t  be surprised if a
dermatologist refers you to a plastic surgeon.

?It is very important to follow your doctor?s advice if he/she
recommends that you remove a mole. Removing a mole can stop the spread
of cancerous or potentially cancerous skin cells.

The removal of normal moles can also lead to smoother, clearer skin,
as well as reducing any skin irritation.?

Dermatologists in New Zealand:
This site contains a list of 44 dermatologists in New Zealand. There
is a link for each one, outlining their credentials and experience.
Most all have an email address. I would suggest calling or writing
several and asking their charge for removing an eyelid mole.

About dermatologists

Some dermatologists may use a laser, depending on your medical history
and the condition of the mole. These pictures are from a US doctor,
but you can see how the skin may look after mole removal.

Other Skin Clinics in New Zealand:
248 Papanui Road
St Albans
Christchurch 8001
(03) 356-0214

398 Lake Road
Auckland 1309
(09) 486-7111

Bealey Clinic
110 Bealey Avenue
Christchurch 8001
(03) 366-9873

   Alternatively, MoleMap offers a new technology, and has clinics in
NZ. According to MoleMap, New Zealanders have the highest rate of skin
cancer in the world!

?MoleMap is a new technology developed in New Zealand that detects
melanoma at an early and therefore treatable stage.
The process begins with a comprehensive full-body check-up to assess
your skin, using digital imaging and dermoscopy scans, which is then
examined and diagnosed by a MoleMap dermatologist. Regular follow-up
examinations then allow comparisons of the scans over time, detecting
any problems at an early stage.

MoleMap?s diagnosis is more accurate than a regular clinical
inspection because scans can actually look down into the skin,
focusing on the internal structure of moles and detecting what can?t
be seen with the naked eye. This means there?s also no guesswork over
time ? we?ll detect important sub-surface features and changes in
existing moles as well as the appearance of any new moles or lesions.
MoleMap?s accuracy also reduces unnecessary surgery.?

This page lists all of the locations in NZ:

MoleMaps Pricing page says: If you have any questions or would like
more information simply call us on 0800 MoleMap (0800 665 3627).

You didn?t ask ABOUT moles, but this site has lots of information that
can be useful to you:

?Because moles can be cancerous, doctors will usually examine them
carefully by performing a biopsy or microscope analysis. A small
portion of the mole will be removed for this purpose. It may be
removed with an instrument that quickly punches out a small section of
the mole, or it may also be cut with a scalpel or scissors. This
tissue is then sent to a pathology lab to be examined.

If lab examination shows the mole to be normal, the doctor can remove
it either by shaving or cutting it. The shaving method works by
removing the protruding surface of the mole so that it is flush with
the surrounding skin. This technique is common for patients who have
moles that become irritated by clothing or movement. However, it can
leave some of the mole cells beneath the skin, and the mole may grow
back again over the next several years. In addition, though the mole
cells may not grow back, the pigment may return leaving a flat dark

?Mole removal can generally be performed in the doctor?s office or in
a surgical suite, depending on your preferences as well as your
doctor?s. It may be performed under local anesthesia.?

?The risks associated with mole removal are minor. If the shaving
method is used, there is a risk that the mole will grow back within
several years following the removal. Elliptical excision can sometimes
produce scarring, especially in younger children. However, if scarring
does occur, it can be eliminated by cosmetic surgery or skin
resurfacing techniques.?

For the US ?Costs for this procedure vary, depending on the doctor,
the location, the size of the mole, technique used and the difficulty
of the specific case. Fees of $125 - $150 are typical. These fees do
not include any anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay and
other related expenses.?

Nevi are well-demarcated, flat or elevated, pigmented or nonpigmented
congenital lesions (Figures 7 and 8). They may become more pigmented,
more elevated or cystic during adolescence or young adulthood.
Junctional nevi, occurring at the junction between epidermis and
dermis, have some malignant potential. Because of the risk for
malignant transformation, pigmented lesions that have changed in
appearance should be excised.?

?Although most moles are harmless and can be safely left alone, moles
may be treated under the following conditions:
?	Possible malignancy: a mole that has bled, has an unusual shape, is
growing rapidly or changing colour.
?	Nuisance moles: a mole that is irritated by clothing, comb or razor. 
?	Cosmetic reasons: the mole is unsightly. 

Shave biopsy
Treating a protruding mole is simple using a procedure called a shave
biopsy. After numbing the skin with local anaesthetic the doctor
removes the projecting part of the mole with a scalpel or by
electrosurgery (e.g. Surgitron method). The wound heals to leave a
flat white mark, but sometimes the colour remains the same as the
original mole.

Excision biopsy
Excision biopsy is necessary if the mole is a flat one or melanoma is
suspected. The full thickness of the skin is removed and the wound is
sutured (stitched). The specimen should always be sent to the
laboratory for pathological examination (histology). The resulting
scar may be just a thin line, but is sometimes more noticeable than
the mole was.
The coarse hair that sometimes grows in a mole can be removed by
shaving. Plucking may cause inflammation resulting in a painful lump
under the mole. The hair can only be removed permanently by
electrolysis or excision of the whole mole.?

Additional Information

There you go! If any part of this answer is unclear, please request an
Answer Clarification, and allow me to respond, before you rate. I?ll
be happy to assist you further, before you rate this answer.

Good Luck!
Sincerely, Crabcakes

Search Terms
Eyelid + nevi
Removal eyelid nevi
Eyelid mole removal 
Dermatologists + New Zealand
saturatd-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $30.00
Thanks crabcakes-ga! Thats helpful. Cheers!

Subject: Re: Mole Excision
From: crabcakes-ga on 08 Jul 2006 20:43 PDT
Thank you for the 5 stars and the generous tip! Good Luck!
Sincerley, Crabcakes

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