Moles, Skin Tags, and Cysts

Moles, Skin Tags, and Cysts2019-05-10T18:27:18+00:00


Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black.  They are formed by clusters of melanocytes, the pigmented cells responsible for your skin color.  Moles typically appear during the first 30 years of life, can be flat or raised, and can darken with sun exposure, puberty, or pregnancy. If a mole appears suspicious to the provider, they will likely recommend a biopsy. If a mole is determined to be “atypical,” the provider may recommend an additional procedure (excision) to remove a bit more of the tissue.


Skin Tags

A skin tags is a small piece of soft, hanging skin that may have a peduncle, or stalk. They can appear anywhere on the body, but especially where skin rubs against other skin or clothing. Skin tags are non-cancerous and will not turn into cancer. They can be removed if they become inflamed or irritated, or for cosmetic reasons.



A cyst is a sac-like pocket of membranous tissue that contains fluid, air, or other substances. Cysts can grow almost anywhere in your body or under your skin. There are many different types of cysts. Most cysts are benign, or noncancerous. Whether a cyst needs treatment depends on a number of factors, including: the type of cyst, the location of the cyst, if the cyst is causing pain or discomfort, whether the cyst is infected