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Excisions Specialist

Houston Skin Associates

Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Museum District Houston & Pearland, TX

When you have an unusual skin growth that affects your appearance or causes discomfort, you may want it removed. The team at Houston Skin Associates in Museum District, Houston, and Pearland, Texas, performs excisions to remove moles, cysts, and lipomas. To schedule a consultation with the leading dermatology practice in Houston, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Excisions Q & A

What are excisions?

Excisions are surgical procedures that remove tissue using a scalpel or other sharp instrument. Health care providers perform excisions to remove many types of tissue.

Houston Skin Associates specializes in diagnosing and treating a variety of medical conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. They perform excisions to remove skin growths, including moles, cysts, and lipomas.

The team may recommend an excision because they have concerns the skin growths may be cancerous. Or, you may request excisions of these growths because they affect your appearance or cause discomfort.

What happens during mole excisions?

During a mole excision, your dermatologist at Houston Skin Associates removes unwanted or suspicious moles from your skin.

Moles are skin growths made up of pigmented cells — melanocytes. Most of the moles on your body are harmless; however, new moles or moles with certain characteristics may be signs of melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer. Therefore, the team recommends the removal of these suspicious moles.

When removing moles, your provider uses a local anesthetic to numb the area and then cuts out the mole. With suspicious moles, they may also remove some of the surrounding healthy tissue.

The team sends the mole tissue to the lab for an evaluation to confirm or rule out melanoma.

What happens during cyst excisions?

With a cyst excision, the Houston Skin Associates team drains and removes the entire cyst. A cyst is a sac filled with fluid or semi-solid material. Though harmless in most cases, cysts may cause pain or affect appearance.

When treating cysts, many doctors may only drain out the fluid; however, not removing the cyst sac increases your chances of a recurrence of your cyst.

To prevent your cyst from coming back, the experts at Houston Skin Associates perform an excision to remove the contents of the cyst, as well as the sac.

What happens during lipoma excisions?

A lipoma is a noncancerous (benign) fatty tumor that forms under the skin. Though harmless, the Houston Skin Associates team performs lipoma excisions to remove the fatty tissue.

During the excision procedure, your dermatologist makes an incision through your skin at the site of your lipoma and removes the fatty tissue; then, they suture the incision and send you home.

Houston Skin Associates performs excisions to remove unwanted skin growths. To discuss surgical options for your skin condition, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.