MOLE/ CYST REMOVAL OVERVIEW
There are literally hundreds of different kinds of lumps, bumps, tags, cysts and moles associated with the skin and, fortunately, the vast majority of these are harmless and painless. Often the first port of call is your GP who will recommend removal at a clinic to confirm it is not cancerous - by means of a histology test where the removed tissue is sent off to a lab for analysis (there is often an additional charge for this).
Both Mole and Cyst removal are carried out under a local anaesthetic. Cysts fall into one of two categories: a sebaceous cyst or a lipoma.
Found around the face, neck or scalp, a sebaceous cyst is often caused by a swollen hair follicle. It is a closed sac under the skin filled with an oily waxy substance. Fatty growths or lipoma are small to medium sized circular moveable lumps found under the skin.
The growths, depending on their nature, may be excised or removed using cryotherapy (freezing it off with liquid nitrogen). If excised, a small incision is made and sutures may be needed but dissolvable stitches are usually used and there is no removal needed.
WHAT TO EXPECT
On referral from a GP, a medical history is taken and an examination is made of the affected areas. A local anaesthetic is applied and the incision made. Stitches are used to close the wound. A second appointment may or may not be given.
Some cysts and moles are annoying and/or unsightly, and removal is a relief. Mole removal reduces the chance of skin cancer developing.
The incision may be painful and a scar may result.