Many people prefer not to get moles and cysts removed because they are typically harmless and pose no health risks. Nonetheless, they can be eliminated if they are a source of aesthetic distress or seem to grow or alter in form or color. If you are thinking about cyst or mole removal, our services can help you address that concern.
Why Do Moles Occur?
Moles, or nevi, are a type of benign skin lesion caused by the clumping together of pigment-producing skin cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes create the pigment that colors our hair, skin, and eyes. While we don’t know what sets off mole formation, multiple elements have a role.
Moles can be caused by genetics; having a history of moles in one’s family increases one’s risk of developing moles. The second factor is light exposure, specifically UV radiation from the sun, which can cause melanocytes to proliferate in clusters due to DNA damage.
Changes in hormone levels, such as those that occur during puberty or pregnancy, may have a role in the emergence or evolution of moles. The number of moles a person has, and the frequency with which they appear, are both influenced by age. Last but not least, for pigmentary diseases, people with specific pigmentary disorders, such as albinism, are more likely to get moles.
All Moles Can Be Addressed With Mole Removal
Moles can be broken down into subgroups defined by their traits and characteristics. Some of the most common types include:
- Common moles: These are the most common type of mole and are usually small, round, and have a smooth surface. They are typically brown or black and are benign.
- Atypical moles: These moles are also known as dysplastic and are more prominent and irregular in shape than ordinary moles. They can be a variety of colors, including brown, black, pink, red, or a combination of these colors. They have a higher risk of developing a type of skin cancer called melanoma.
- Congenital moles: These are present at birth and can be large or small. They can be any color and have a higher risk of developing a type of skin cancer called melanoma.
- Blue moles: These moles are usually small and have a bluish or gray color. They are benign and are typically found on the scalp, face, or neck.
- Dermal moles: These moles are raised and have a fleshy appearance. They can be any color and are usually benign.
- Junctional moles: These are typically flat and have a mixture of colors, including pink, brown, or black. They are benign but can develop into melanoma if not monitored.
A dermatologist should be consulted if a mole has changed in any way, including in size, shape, or color. As an added precaution, it’s wise to undertake regular self-exams and keep close tabs on any moles you may have noticed changes.
Mole removal is an option for dealing with types of moles, as mentioned above. Procedures can vary, however, based on the unique characteristics of each mole.
How Moles Are Removed
Several techniques exist for removing moles, each optimized for a particular mole’s size, location, and unique qualities. The approaches we use include the following:
- Precision Microblade Application: Also called shave excision, this method involves using a small blade to remove the mole carefully. The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia and leaves a small, shallow wound that can be closed with stitches or left to heal on its own.
- Laser Treatments: This method uses a laser to remove the mole by burning it off. The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia and can be used for raised moles, flat moles, and moles with hair. Different types of laser can be used, such as CO2 laser, Pulsed dye laser, Erbium laser, and others.
- Electrosurgery: This method uses an electric current to burn off the mole. It can be used for raised moles and is typically done under local anesthesia.
- YAG Tattoo Laser: The Nd: YAG laser is a laser that is used to remove pigmented moles. The laser emits a beam of light that is absorbed by the pigment in the mole, breaking it down. This method can be used for raised or flat moles, but it is not recommended for those with hair.
Now that we know about mole removal, what about cyst removal?
A cyst is a sac-like structure containing fluid, air, or other materials. Cyst removal, often called cyst excision, is a surgery to remove a cyst. The size, shape, and consistency of cysts are highly variable.
Surgical excision is the gold standard for cyst elimination. During the treatment, the cyst and a tiny amount of healthy tissue around it are removed to guarantee complete removal of the cyst. Once the cyst has been removed, the incision is stitched shut and sent for analysis. The choice of local or general anesthesia depends on the cyst’s size and location.
Cysts can also be extracted with the help of a treatment called fine needle aspiration (FNA), in which a needle is introduced into the cyst, and the fluid inside is retrieved. As the name implies, this treatment is most suited for fluid-filled cysts and can be done right in the doctor’s office.
After your cyst or mole removal, they will provide you with a skin care regimen at home. This procedure has been carefully thought out to provide the best possible outcomes with as little difficulty. Scar gel made of silicone and infused with your growth factors may be part of the protocol. This gel has been developed to facilitate quicker skin recovery and reduce scarring.
After the procedure, the skin care treatment can be used for a few weeks, and it is best to use it as directed by the doctor. Because the treatment helps to keep the site moist, it may alleviate some of the itching and inflammation that might come with an open wound. It can also control skin moisture and help decrease or avoid scarring altogether.
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Rosenberg Plastic Surgery can analyze your cyst or mole and offer you the knowledge you need to make an educated treatment decision, so book a consultation immediately. Keep in mind that prompt diagnosis and treatment can head off any issues and guarantee the best possible outcomes. Don’t let a mole or cyst drag down your self-esteem; take action to have the clear, beautiful skin you deserve by trying out the cyst or mole removal. Contact us today!