Several kinds of medical professionals — including dermatologists, general surgeons and plastic surgeons — are qualified to remove cysts and skin lesions. However, there are certain advantages to seeking the expertise of a plastic surgeon like Dr. Florence Mussat for cyst or skin lesion removal. Due to her technique, attention to detail and understanding of the healing process, Dr. Mussat is often called upon to remove cysts or lesions.
Why a Plastic Surgeon Should Remove Your Cyst or Skin Lesion
- Smaller or less prominent scar
- Understanding of healing process
- Attention to detail
If you are concerned with the aesthetic result of cyst or skin lesion removal — and want a small and inconspicuous scar — it is a good idea to have a plastic surgeon perform the procedure. This is especially important if the cyst or lesion is in a highly visible part of the body or on the face. Plastic surgeons are focused on producing the best aesthetic result with as little scarring as possible.
Removing a cyst or lesion requires making an incision, and any cut into the skin leaves scarring. Plastic surgeons are very conscientious of the placement and nature of incisions; with the right technique, the scarring can be minimal. For example, by placing the incision in the natural creases of the skin and using special closure techniques, the resulting scar is hardly visible.
Plastic surgeons also have a strong understanding of the healing process. They know that some people’s skin simply heals better than others. Depending on the quality of the skin and size/shape of the cyst or lesion, a plastic surgeon can set appropriate expectations of the healing process.
A pre-operative consultation is generally conducted prior to treatment to evaluate the offending cyst or lesion and determine a plan of treatment. Dr. Mussat examines the area of concern and explains how she can remove it and leave the smallest scar possible.
Cyst or lesion removal is performed on an outpatient basis. Anesthesia is used to prevent any pain or discomfort during treatment.
After the area has been numbed, Dr. Mussat makes the incisions around the lesion or cyst. She excises the tissue and if it seems suspicious, a specimen may be sent to a pathologist for further examination. The incision is closed with suture material and dressed with a bandage.
Cyst or lesion removal typically does not require extensive downtime or recovery. Most patients are able to return to work or school the next day. Dr. Mussat provides instructions for caring for the incision as it heals. The scar heals and improves in the months following treatment.
Learn More about Cyst or Skin Lesion Removal
If you would like more information about cyst or skin lesion removal, please contact Dr. Mussat’s office and request an appointment. You can reach us by calling (312) 751-9000.