Mole and Cyst Removal
Although generally benign, moles and cysts are extremely common on the body and face, and can be uncomfortable for the patient.
Cysts, also known as sebaceous cyst, are small, closed sacs that contain fluid of solid material. A cyst is an infection and requires that the doctor to drain the content, inject steroid medication, or sometimes surgically remove the cyst. Sebaceous cysts are most often caused by swollen hair follicles or skin trauma. Cysts are usually found on the face, neck, and trunk. They are usually slow-growing, painless, freely movable nodes beneath the skin, but may occasionally become inflamed and tender.
Moles (nevi) are commonly removed when a change in appearance has been detected or associated symptoms have developed, and occasionally with the simple goal of improving appearance and comfort.
There are two main methods used for mole removal. The first method is to shave off the mole from the surrounding skin. Shave excision is generally best for raised moles that are irritated by contact, such as the friction of clothing or shaving. The second method is to excise the mole along with the underlying and surrounding skin. This method typically involves the placement of stitches.
Cysts, moles and skin tags can be removed quickly and simply on an outpatient basis.