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Moles & Cysts

Moles & Cysts

Moles are small skin growths. Most moles do not turn into melanoma. However, people with multiple atypical moles have a greater risk of developing the skin cancer. Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black and it can be appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. It is also known as nevi.

Cysts present as lumps under the skin. Cysts are sacs that form and get filled with an oily or cheese-like substance. Most are harmless but can grow and become inflamed, infected, swollen, or tender. It is important to not squeeze or manipulate them. Cysts are common and can occur anywhere in the body in people of any age.

 Signs and symptoms of Moles & Cysts may include

  • The shape of one-half of the mole does not match the other.
  • The diameter is usually larger than 6 millimeters (mm) or had grown in size, this is 1/4 inch.
  • Moles can be brown, tan, black, red, blue or pink. They can be smooth, wrinkled, flat or raised. They may have hair growing from them.
  • Cysts in the skin or beneath the skin may cause a raised lump or bump. In some cases, a cyst may cause pain at the involved site.
  • Cysts usually grow slowly and painlessly, with the lumps often visible. The face, neck, and trunk are common locations.

Cysts are common and can occur anywhere on the body. They are often a result of infection, clogged sebaceous glands, or piercings. Moles are caused by pigment cells growing in clusters.

Preparing For Your Moles & Cysts Surgery

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible. You will have the opportunity to go through your whole procedure and ensure you fully understand every element. If you have any questions or concerns there will be plenty of time to discuss them too.

Post Operative Activities

  • Patients usually experience only mild discomfort after the operation.
  • You should be able to return to work the next day unless your work will place a strain on the stitches. It is unusual for these procedures to restrict any daily activities you carry out.
  • Some patients may experience pain at the surgical site for the first 24-48 hours.
  • Avoid physical exertion, exercise and sports while the surgical site is healing.

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Frequently Asked questions


The majority of common moles are benign and are no cause for concern, however if you notice anything unusual about a mole it is essential that you get it checked by a medical professional.
Moles that are considered unusual or 'atypical' occur in around 10% of the population. Only one in ten thousand of these people will have a malignant (cancerous) mole.
Cysts are sacs or capsules that form in the skin or inside the body. They may contain fluid or semisolid material. These cells form the wall of the cyst and secrete a soft, yellowish substance called keratin, which fills the cyst. Sebaceous cysts form inside glands that secrete an oily substance called sebum.
If left untreated, a cyst can either perpetually grow or rupture and cause extreme pain. If you've never had a cyst removed before, don't worry - the procedure is typically fast and painless. The steps of cyst removal typically involve: Numbing - The doctor will use a lidocaine injection to numb the area.
Many cysts, such as wrist or ovarian cysts, go away on their own. Others, such as skin cysts, grow slowly in size and may go away on their own or may need to be drained if they produce symptoms or become inflamed. Cysts in the cervix may disappear after a woman gives birth. Kidney cysts usually do not go away.
Most inflamed sebaceous cysts (inflamed due to sebum) are not infected and will settle spontaneously over 4 weeks. Antibiotics, such as cephalexin or cloxacillin, are commonly used but in fact probably provide little benefit.
Most cysts do not cause any problems . If untreated, some cysts can cause complications like infection. The cyst fills with bacteria and pus, and later it becomes an abscess.
The risks of cyst removal are very low, and it is a safe and simple procedure which we carry out in a very hygienic way with well-equipped facilities. With any surgical procedure there are still potential side-effects such as infection, bleeding and scarring, which are discussed fully at your appointment so that you can make a fully-informed decision. For more advice, please visit our clinic to meet Consultant Plastic Surgeon in Manchester, Chester & Preston who ensures the highest standards of care.
You can take a shower 36 hours after the procedure. You can take a bath once the wound has completely healed. Do not take a bath or swim while the wound remains open, or if fluid drainage is noted. This is because submerging in water can increase the risk of infection as you heal from surgery.

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