Mole & Cyst Removal
Mercer Island - Seattle - Bellevue
Moles and cysts are irregularities on the body that can be unsightly and painful. Whereas moles appear as dark spots on the body, cysts appear as closed, saclike structures. Although moles and cysts can be benign or malignant in nature, they can severely impact an individual's well being and way of life. Both can be easily removed through a simple process, called excision.
The staff at Island Dermatology recognizes that moles and cysts can not only be physically painful, they can affect a person's self confidence as well. We specialize in the removal of moles and some types of cysts and are eager to help give you the confidence that you deserve!
Mole Removal and Treatment
Moles are dark spots or irregularities on the skin that are either present from birth or appear over time; moles that appear over time can be the result of an abnormal collection of blood cells or sun exposure. Moles are typically removed via a surgical process, called excision, which involves numbing the affected area with a local anesthetic, removing the mole (and sometimes the border surrounding the mole) with a scalpel, and stitching or covering the affected area with a bandage. Post treatment maintenance includes cleaning the treated area once or twice daily with water and/or and keeping a layer of antibiotic salve and a bandage on the treated area.
Risks associated with mole removal include infection, nerve damage and scarring. Since many moles are removed for cosmetic reasons, it is important to discuss the likelihood of scarring with a dermatology professional before moving forward with the mole removal.
Cyst Removal and Treatment
Cysts are closed, saclike structures that contain fluid, gas, or semisolid material that can appear anywhere on the body and affect people of all ages. Cysts are caused by a number of things, including blockages in the flow of fluid in the body, infections, tumors, and chronic inflammatory or hereditary conditions.
While there are hundreds of types of cysts, the types of cysts that can be easily removed are:
- Breast cysts
- Chalazion (eyelid) cysts
- Epidermal (skin) cysts
- Facial cysts
- Ganglion cysts
- Ovarian (dermoid) cysts
- Pilonidal cyst
- Popliteal (Baker) cysts
- Sebaceous cysts
- Scalp cysts
Some cysts can be removed by inserting a needle or catheter into the cyst cavity and draining fluid, causing it to collapse. Cysts that cannot be drained or are thought to be cancerous can be removed through surgical excision. After a local anesthetic is applied to numb the affected area, a scalpel is used to open the growth and remove the material surrounding the cyst. The cyst is then removed from the body and the affected area stitched together (if necessary) and covered with a bandage. Post treatment maintenance consists of cleaning the affected area once or twice daily.
Risks associated with cyst removal are minimal and include scarring of the affected area and possible re-growth of the cyst.