Moles and cysts are very common types of skin growths that sometimes require removal.
Moles are raised or flat clusters of heavily pigmented skin cells. Most pose no danger, but they should be monitored for changes that may indicate the possible presence of skin cancer. It’s important to be aware of changes in shape, size or color as well as flat moles that become raised or moles that suddenly start to itch or bleed. Any newly appearing moles should also be monitored.
Cysts are sac-like pockets of tissue that can grow on your skin or in other parts of your body. They are filled with fluid, air or another substance and come in different shapes and sizes. Most cysts are benign and not harmful, but should be monitored for changes, infection or pain. They can be removed for medical or cosmetic reasons.