Saturday, March 28, 2020
 Minor Surgery Excision

At MEDIXCLINIC we use excision to remove moles, cysts etc Our cosmetic surgeon will advise whether your problem is suitable for excision or not

Which conditions can be treated?


Moles are very common. They may be flat or elevated. Sometimes they grow hairs. The most important feature however is pigmentation – a brown discolouration of the overlying skin.

When should you be suspicious of a mole?

  1. Recent appearance of pigmentation
  2. Pigmentation that becomes darker
  3. Itching or irritation
  4. Bleeding
  5. Growth in size especially a growth spurt
  6. Change in shape and general appearance
  7. A mole which was once flat becoming raised


These are fatty swellings that appear under the skin. They are benign and relatively common. They are often soft to the touch, the overlying skin is always normal. Sometimes they are multiple. Enucleation is advised to provide the best post operative cosmetic results.


A cyst is a swelling that appears under the skin, anywhere on the body. The overlying skin is usually normal, occasionally discoloured due to thinning of the skin. The size of the swelling may range from that of a pea to a small marble but occasionally it can be larger. Cysts are invariably benign. Excision is advised.There are epidermoid cysts and sebaceous cysts.

Sebaceous Cysts   

A sebaceous cyst is a small, closed sac under the skin that contains oily (sebum). The cyst forms a smooth, firm bump or lump, most often on the face, scalp, neck, or scrotum. A sebaceous cyst may occur if you have a blocked sweat gland or hair follicle. A sebaceous cyst that forms in the top layer of skin cells is called an epidermal cyst. If the cyst sac forms from hair follicle cells, it is called a pilar cyst. Sometimes there is recurrence of sebaceous cysts which have been drained and treated with antibiotics and the only solution is to surgically remove the entire cyst.


An abscess is a tender mass generally surrounded by a coloured area from pink to deep red. Abscesses are often easy to feel by touching. The middle of an abscess is full of pus and debris.

Painful and warm to touch, abscesses can show up any place on your body. Inflammation and bacterial infection around a hair follicle can also lead to the formation of an abscess, which is called a boil (furuncle)

Unlike other infections, antibiotics alone will not usually cure an abscess. In general an abscess must open and drain in order for it to improve. Sometimes draining occurs on its own, but generally it must be opened by the doctor in a procedure called incision and drainage

Ingrowing Toenail

An ingrown toenail is a toenail that has grown into the skin instead of over it. This usually happens to the big toe, but it can also happen to other toes. An ingrown toenail can get infected. It may be painful, red, and swollen, and it may drain pus.


Haemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal canal. This common problem can be painful, but it's usually not serious.

Veins can swell inside the anal canal to form internal haemorrhoids. Or they can swell near the opening of the anus to form external haemorrhoids (also known as thrombosed piles). You can have both types at the same time. The symptoms and treatment depend on which type you have.

Worrisome Skin Lesions

Worrisome skin lesions are excised and sent to the histopathology lab to be analysed.

How do I know what it is before I make an appointment?

You can describe it to us on the phone 01-6874077

E-mail a picture of it to us

All surgical procedures require a pre-assessment appointment which is free of charge. If at this assessment your doctor feels the procedure suits, it can be carried out there and then.
Most surgery carried out in MEDIXCLINIC is covered fully or partially by major health insurers (VHI/Laya/Aviva).

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