Many people develop lumps and/or bumps directly under their skin. This can of worry to some, but with a proper assessment, we can diagnose the bump if needed and assure you of how we can remove it for you. In most cases, these lumps and bumps are harmless cysts. You may even have an above-skin surface mole you’d like removed. To learn more about cyst and mole excision, read on.
Let’s first determine what a cyst is. A cyst is a sac-like pocket of membranous tissue fluid, air, or other substances. Cysts can grow almost anywhere on the body under the skin. When removing a cyst, it is imperative to remove the entire sac, so it does not fill up again. If bothersome, cysts can be removed using excision.
The surgeon will use one of the following methods to remove your cyst. The approximate cost is $800-$1,000 depending on the complexity of the cyst:
– Conventional wide excision is not the most preferred but will be used if the cyst is large. This is a longer incision made in the skin, by a surgical scalpel to remove the entire cyst. The incision is stitched when finished.
– Minimal excision is preferred as it leaves minimal scarring. Your surgeon will use this method only when they can ensure that they can remove the entire cyst. 1-2 stitches will be used to close the incision site once removed.
– Laser with punch biopsy method is performed by creating a small hole with a laser. Then the contents of the cyst are completely drained, and the walls/sac of the cyst are removed later. This usually requires no stitching and the scar left behind is minimal.
After your cyst is removed, your surgeon may give you antibiotic therapy in pill, cream, or ointment form to ensure you do not get an infection. In most cases, a scar-reducing cream or ointment will also be provided.