Non-aesthetic appearance of skin cysts and moles isn’t the only reason you might want to remove them. Skin glessions can signal skin cancer, especially if you are often exposed to the sun without sunscreen.
What Are Cysts and Moles?
Cysts and moles are abnormal growths on the skin surface. They are typically harmless and do not cause any pain.
A cyst is a pocket of tissue that contains fluid or other substance. Cysts grow inside, and skin cells concentrate under the skin, and contain oils or fluids, or semisolid tissue. They can increase in size gradually over time.
Cysts can pop up anywhere. Common location include wrists, hands,neck,knees, breasts, vagina.
Moles are small areas of a different color than the surrounding skin. They are small patches of highly pigmented skin, often occurring during childhood or puberty, either flat or slightly elevated above the skin surface. Also known as “dermal nevus”, they are benign (non-cancerous) and usually have no capacity to transform into skin cancer known as malignant melanoma.To summarize, cysts and moles are most frequently not cancerous and typically do not require treatment, unless they:
- Change or get itchy;
- Cause infection;
- Represent a cosmetic concern for the patient.
Any surgeon can remove them, but only cosmetics surgeons are trained in techniques to remove abnormal growths and preserve the aesthetics of the area.
Why Should I Screen Cysts and Moles?
What are the Benefits of Cyst and Mole Removal?The removal procedure includes both physical and emotional benefits for a patient. You will feel much better about yourself once an unpleasantly looking skin growths gets removed. Special reconstructive surgical techniques will minimize scarring after treatment. It can also benefit your level of comfort because wearing clothes won’t disturb a skin lesion causing rubbing, soreness, and sometimes bleeding.
What Should I Expect from the Procedure?
The primary goal of cyst and mole removal is to remove the abnormal growths in a way that produces the least amount of scarring possible. However, you should be aware that you could have a scar, but we take extra steps to ensure that the scar is minimized in both size and coloration.
We will give you recommendations on which procedure is best to remove your moles or cysts, which is determined by location, size, and type of the growths.
Non-Surgical Mole Removal Procedures
- Shave removal;
- Laser removal;
In addition to the mentioned above methods, removal of a facial moles can be done with surgical excision and surgical shave.
Cyst Removal Procedures
- Fine-needle aspiration;
How Long Do the Results Last?The results are permanent. The treatment works immediately. Patients can see the skin lesions disappear right after the procedure.
What Should I Expect from the Recovery?
It largely depends on what type of procedure you choose. Another factor to consider is how many areas are treated, and how big your skin growths are. If you need more than one area treated at once, you may need to rest for a day. Generally, there is no down-time, most patients can return to work and social activities immediately.
The removal procedure can leave a scar from excision, which is usually only a thin line, depending on how big the mole was. The scar normally heals within two to three weeks. Your surgeon will recommend methods to reduce scarring and to prevent infection.
Are There Any Side Effects?Normally, patients can experience mild bruising or swelling. It will disappear gradually in a few days.
How Much Does Removal Cost in Atlanta, GA?
The cost of cysts or mole removal varies by patient based on several factors. During your initial consultation, our team will discuss the cost of your procedure and share information about our flexible financing options.
You should feel good about every aspect of your appearance, so maybe now is the time to learn about your options for removing skin growths. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Angelina Postoev.
Moles and cysts are usually of no medical concern, but the way that these abnormal growths look may have you searching for ways to remove them.
Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer removal procedures and a complimentary skin lesions screening for men and women in Buckhead, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas of Georgia. Contact SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics today to schedule your personal consultation.Body Sculpting