Mole and Cyst Removal

Mole and cyst removal is a surgical procedure aimed at removing unwanted moles or cysts from the skin. It is recommended to have this surgery when the moles or cysts are causing discomfort, pain, or are cosmetically bothersome. Having the procedure performed by Dr. Barnsley, who is a board-certified plastic surgeon, offers several benefits, including his extensive training and expertise in achieving optimal cosmetic results, minimizing scarring, and ensuring the safe and effective removal of the lesion.

Moles and cysts are two different types of skin growths with distinct characteristics.


  • Moles, also known as nevi, are clusters of pigmented cells that can appear anywhere on the skin.
  • They are usually brown or black in color and can vary in size, shape, and texture.
  • Moles are typically harmless and can be present from birth or develop over time.


  • Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can develop beneath the skin’s surface.
  • They are often round or oval in shape and may feel like a small bump or lump.
  • Cysts can result from various factors, such as infections, blockage of glands, or trauma to the skin.
  • Unlike moles, cysts can sometimes be tender, inflamed, or cause discomfort.

Questions & Answers

Is the procedure painful?

Mole and cyst removal is typically performed under local anesthesia, so discomfort during the procedure is minimal. You may experience some mild soreness after the surgery, which can be managed with pain medication.

Will there be a scar after the removal?

While every effort is made to minimize scarring, some degree of scarring is inevitable. However, Dr. Barnsley is skilled at precise techniques that minimize the visibility of the scar and ensure that it heals as inconspicuously as possible.

How long is the recovery period?

The recovery time varies depending on the size and location of the mole or cyst removed. In general, most patients can expect a relatively quick recovery with minimal downtime. You will receive specific post-operative care instructions to help facilitate healing.

Are there any risks or complications associated with the procedure?

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, such as infection, bleeding, scarring, or changes in skin pigmentation. However, by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon and following post-op instructions, the risk of complications can be minimized.

Will insurance cover the cost of mole and cyst removal?

In some cases, insurance may cover the cost of mole and cyst removal if it is deemed medically necessary. If you believe that removal of your mole is medically necessary, you will need a referral from your family physician to be seen through the health plan.

Dr. Barnsley is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Barnsley is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Victoria and Nanaimo, BC
Dr. Barnsley is a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
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Dr. Philip Barnsley, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Victoria, BC, specializes in a variety of plastic surgery procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, facelift, as well as a number of non-surgical medical aesthetic procedures. He serves Lantzville, Nanaimo, Victoria, and other communities throughout Vancouver Island.