Many types of skin growths can be easily removed through simple skin surgery which is a minor outpatient procedure. Growths may be either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous) so a biopsy and microscopic examination should always be performed. If a growth is determined to be malignant, further definitive treatment is required.


Moles, scientifically called ‘nevi’ may be removed for medical or cosmetic reasons. Dr. Tareen will first perform a detailed examination and then determine the best aesthetic way to remove the mole to leave the most minimal mark behind.

Cysts, Lipomas and Milia

A cyst, lipoma, or milia are encapsulated lesions filled with dead skin cells. These lesions can range in size from very tiny to quite large and can appear anywhere on the skin.

There are several methods your provider can use to remove these cysts. Most commonly, a process called extraction is performed. When cysts are growing, itching, irritated, and painful or appear infected, it is medically necessary to perform this time of removal.

For smaller cysts, located on the face, prior to the extractions the skin will be cleaned and commonly a light microdermabrasion will be performed to allow gentle removal of the dead skin cells. Your provider will then use gentle pressure to evacuate the contents of the cyst. After the procedure, your skin will be a little red. You may have light flaking for a few days.

If our office recommends a light, exfoliating chemical peel prior to your extractions you will want to discontinue any topical (creams, gels, lotions) acne medications for three days prior to your procedure.

For larger cysts located on the body, the location will be cleaned and sterilized and a very tiny incision may be made into the skin. Your provider will then use pressure and medical tools to loosen up and remove the contents of the cyst. You may be placed on topical or oral antibiotics for several days after this procedure.


A keloid is an overgrowth of scar tissue. Keloid growth can be triggered by any skin injury. Body piercings, burns, hair removal, insect bites, acne, and more can all cause a type of raised scar known as a keloid.

Keloids form from collagen. Collagen is a protein found throughout the body that is useful for healing wounds. When the body produces too much, this is when keloids can form.


Will a cyst or lipoma be covered by my insurance?

If you would like to check with your insurance provider for the out-of-pocket cost of cyst extractions the codes are:

  • When you have just one cyst or lipoma use code – extractions single, 10060
  • When you have 2 or more cysts or lipomas use code – extractions multiple: 10061

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