Mole & Cyst Removal
Moles and other birthmarks are benign pigmented spots or patches of skin that range in color from tan to brown and black (moles) to red, pink or purple (vascular lesions, such as strawberry hemangiomas or port wine stains). Though most birthmarks are harmless, they may develop into cancer. Moles exhibiting any of the following warning signs should get examined by a professional immediately:
- Larger than six millimetres.
- Itches or bleeds.
- Rapid changes in color, size or shape.
- Has multiple colors.
- Is located where it can't be easily monitored, such as on the scalp.
Depending on their depth, location, color, patient's skin type, age and other factors, treatment for benign but unattractive birthmarks may be undertaken by laser or pulsed light therapy, microdermabrasion or surgical excision.
Sebaceous cysts, commonly known as just cysts, are small, closed sacs that contain solid or fluid material and can be found anywhere on the skin. They develop as an infection, often from a swollen hair follicle, and require treatment to prevent it from enlarging or becoming cancerous.
Cyst removal is done through surgical excision. A small incision is made in the area of the cyst and then the cyst and surrounding tissue will be removed to ensure complete excision. A local anaesthetic is used for this procedure. Most cysts do not return when thoroughly removed. Some patients are left with a small scar after a cyst is removed, which can be further treated with a reconstructive treatment, although most scars fade over time.