MOLE REMOVAL NYC
MOLE, CYST, & SKIN TAG REMOVAL
Cyst / skin tag / mole removal in NYC is a quick and simple procedure that can remove unwanted growths with precision. Moles, cysts, and skin tags can show up just about anywhere on your body. They can be annoying and uncomfortable, but they can be removed easily by a dermatologist. Identifying the difference between a mole, a skin tag, and a wart is easy from the eyes of a trained dermatologist. The removal procedure is different for each one and the growth needs to be removed appropriately so there is no regrowth. Removal of benign moles, cysts, and skin tags takes about thirty minutes and can heal practically unnoticed. Plans and coverage vary, but medical insurance may cover your cyst / skin tag / mole removal in NYC.*
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MOLE, A CYST, AND A SKIN TAG?
A mole looks like it’s just one black or brown spot, but it’s actually a cluster of skin cells. Moles can appear anywhere on your body. Most appear by the age of twenty and many are benign, meaning they are not cancerous. Moles that test positive for cancer must be removed. The removal of benign moles is optional.
A cyst is a ball of dead skin cells that are contained in a sack lined with normal skin. The skin cells are trapped in the sack and, as time goes on, more and more cells accumulate, causing the cyst to grow in size. Cysts usually appear due to an ingrown hair, an acne lesion, or from oil and skin buildup from a pore or hair follicle. Cysts need to be removed; if left untreated, they will grow until they rupture.
A skin tag is a small flap of skin that hangs off of your body by a little stalk-like piece of skin. People who are overweight, have diabetes, or are pregnant get skin tags more frequently than others. They are common in both men and women, but not in children. A skin tag is normal and harmless. The removal of them is purely optional.
WHY SHOULD I UNDERGO CYST / SKIN TAG / MOLE REMOVAL IN NYC?
As long as a mole doesn’t test positive for cancer, it doesn’t have to be removed. But many people opt to remove moles because they don’t like the way they look or feel. Oftentimes, people choose to remove moles that are located in a spot that gets in the way of shaving or clothing.
Cysts do not go away on their own. If left untreated, they will grow until they rupture. Then in time, they will return again. Sebaceous cysts (the pimple-popping type) are removed by a dermatologist by cutting into the cyst, removing the entire pocket, and stitching it closed. You cannot do this at home. Popping a cyst will only result in it refilling. When any part of the cyst sack is left remaining, the cyst will likely return. Pilar cysts appear on the scalp and can cause hair loss and rupture. They need to be removed by a dermatologist. The third type of cysts are called digital mucous cysts and they are caused by joint fluid, which forms small bubbles on the joints of fingers and toes. They look a bit like a blister and need to be removed before they rupture.
Skin tags, while not dangerous, often look unattractive and are often removed for cosmetic reasons. Patients may also opt to remove skin tags if they rub up against clothing or jewelry.
SHOULD MOLES, CYSTS, AND SKIN TAGS BE TESTED FOR CANCER?
Cysts and skin tags do not need to be tested for cancer. Suspicious moles should be examined by your dermatologist. Your doctor will take a close look at your mole. If it appears out of the norm, a sample will be tested. This is called a biopsy. If it comes back positive, the entire mole will need to be removed. If it comes back benign, meaning no cancer is present, you may still choose to remove this mole.
HOW DOES A DERMATOLOGIST PERFORM / SKIN TAG / CYST / MOLE REMOVAL IN NYC?
All removals are done on an outpatient basis in your dermatologist office.
Moles are removed by surgical excision or surgical shave. The shave method is a bit like shaving hair, but in this case, it’s an instrument that shaves off the mole. It’s a simple mole removal method that does not require stitches. The excision method cuts out the mole and requires the skin to be stitched together after the removal of the mole. A common, non-cancerous mole will not come back after removal (though there is the potential for other moles to develop).*
Cysts will not disappear on their own. In fact, when left alone, cysts grow until they eventually rupture and then they return again. This cycle of rupture and regrowth is painful and creates scarring in the affected area. Chronically ruptured cysts are harder to treat due to the buildup of scar tissue. The sooner you see a dermatologist for a cyst, the less likely that you’ll experience pain or return of the cyst. A sebaceous cyst is cut out along with the sack and then a couple of stitches are placed to close the skin. A digital mucous cyst requires the blister portion to be shaved off and the fluid to be drained out. During cyst removal, the dermatologist numbs the area to be treated, so you are never uncomfortable.*
Dermatologists remove skin tags either by snipping the skin tag off with a special scissor, freezing the skin tag with cryotherapy (super-cold liquid nitrogen), or burning off the skin tag using an electrode which sends an electric current into the skin growth. Skin tag removal can be performed safely and effectively by a dermatologist. Sometimes people try to remove skin tags themselves. You shouldn’t do this, as it can cause bleeding and infection.*
DOES INSURANCE PAY FOR MOLE / CYST / SKIN TAG REMOVAL IN NYC?
Every policy differs in coverage. Health costs fluctuate depending on your insurance. To find out if your cyst, skin tag, or mole removal is covered by your insurance, ask our office for the insurance code for your procedure. You can then check with your insurance company to review your coverage.
HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT CYST / SKIN TAG / MOLE REMOVAL IN NYC?
Talk to one of our dermatologists about all of your treatment options for skin tag / cyst / mole removal in NYC. Our dermatologists can examine your skin and discuss your solutions. Give us a call at 646-661-6131 or request an appointment online for a personal consultation.