Call in the removal men. Moles, cysts, lesions and skin tags are extremely common, and many people happily live life with them. However, in some cases they can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness that can be damaging to self-esteem. If you have a growth that is bothering you, panic not - removal of these skin abnormalities is usually a minor procedure which lasts a few minutes, meaning you will be free to enjoy your smooth new skin in no time.
There are a number of different methods of mole and cyst removal, many of which take place under a local anaesthetic. Most lesions are removed using a scalpel, but other methods include applying chemical treatments, freezing the skin or using a laser. In the case of skin tags, it is often possible to simply remove the abnormality with a quick snip of some surgical scissors – a nice and speedy solution.
Remember, patience is a virtue. Most mole and cyst removals leave a scar behind - however this will fade significantly over the course of a year.
The majority of moles and cysts are benign, but it’s always a good idea to get yours checked out before removal, just to be on the safe side.
There is a possibility of infection after the removal of a lesion, so make sure you’ve talked all the risks over with your doctor before undergoing treatment.
Most moles occur during childhood, although new moles can grow at any point during a person’s life. It is normal to have developed between ten and forty moles on your body by the time you reach adulthood.