Cyst Removal

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Cyst Removal

 

What is a Skin Cyst?

 

A skin cyst (also known as a sebaceous, follicular, or epidermal inclusion cyst) is a raised bump or lump under or in the skin.  They can be completely painless or become red, inflamed, infected, and very painful to the touch.  Cysts are common and affect each individual differently, therefore it is important that we see patients to assess the lesion and determine the proper treatment.

 

Skin cysts are different from pimples or acne in that skin cysts are typically larger and require different approaches to treat and remove them.  However, severe acne can evolve into cysts. This type of inflammatory acne is more likely to result in scarring. Treating skin lesions early on will lessen the likelihood of further inflammation and scarring, which is why it’s so important to seek the guidance of a dermatologist.

 

What Causes a Skin Cyst?

 

A skin cyst occurs when dead skin cells and sebum block pores. Skin cysts can appear anywhere on the body, with the exception of the palms of the hand and soles of the feet.  Since the pore is blocked, the body tries to break down the blockage. As part of the body’s natural response, a soft white substance (or when inflamed – pus) forms within the wall of the cyst.  If the cyst is not inflamed or infected, it may stay dormant for long periods of time.  If the cyst ruptures, it will produce a painful, red bump.  If it becomes infected it may be called an abscess. If this happens, a dermatologist should evaluate it to offer treatment options and to prevent further infection from occurring.

 

How are Cysts Treated?

 

There are a variety of procedures that can be done to treat skin cysts.  These include injecting the lesion with an anti-inflammatory agent, incising and draining the cyst, surgically removing the cyst and/or medical treatment of the associated inflammation or infection.

 

Typically, after the inflammation or infection has been treated, these types of cysts require complete surgical removal to insure that they will not recur.  Nonetheless, the treatment will depend on the severity of the cyst, the location, the associated symptoms, how long it has been present, and whether or not it is a medical or cosmetic problem.

 

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Cyst Removal

 

What is a Skin Cyst?

 

A skin cyst (also known as a sebaceous, follicular, or epidermal inclusion cyst) is a raised bump or lump under or in the skin.  They can be completely painless or become red, inflamed, infected, and very painful to the touch.  Cysts are common and affect each individual differently, therefore it is important that we see patients to assess the lesion and determine the proper treatment.

 

Skin cysts are different from pimples or acne in that skin cysts are typically larger and require different approaches to treat and remove them.  However, severe acne can evolve into cysts. This type of inflammatory acne is more likely to result in scarring. Treating skin lesions early on will lessen the likelihood of further inflammation and scarring, which is why it’s so important to seek the guidance of a dermatologist.

 

What Causes a Skin Cyst?

 

A skin cyst occurs when dead skin cells and sebum block pores. Skin cysts can appear anywhere on the body, with the exception of the palms of the hand and soles of the feet.  Since the pore is blocked, the body tries to break down the blockage. As part of the body’s natural response, a soft white substance (or when inflamed – pus) forms within the wall of the cyst.  If the cyst is not inflamed or infected, it may stay dormant for long periods of time.  If the cyst ruptures, it will produce a painful, red bump.  If it becomes infected it may be called an abscess. If this happens, a dermatologist should evaluate it to offer treatment options and to prevent further infection from occurring.

 

How are Cysts Treated?

 

There are a variety of procedures that can be done to treat skin cysts.  These include injecting the lesion with an anti-inflammatory agent, incising and draining the cyst, surgically removing the cyst and/or medical treatment of the associated inflammation or infection.

 

Typically, after the inflammation or infection has been treated, these types of cysts require complete surgical removal to insure that they will not recur.  Nonetheless, the treatment will depend on the severity of the cyst, the location, the associated symptoms, how long it has been present, and whether or not it is a medical or cosmetic problem.

 

At University Dermatology we have a brilliant staff of providers with many years of experience waiting to hear from you. Make an appointment today and let us help you achieve your goals.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Please note the following updates from our practice:

-We already follow strict infection control protocols in our clinic that keep our facilities safe for all patients, and we are continuing to follow these best practices.

-In addition, we have implemented a special COVID-19 preparedness plan and have asked any employees who are feeling sick to remain at home until they are better.

As a patient, you can help us protect the health and well-being of our patients and our community by following these guidelines:

•If you have a fever or are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory infection (e.g., cough, sore throat, fever or difficulty breathing),or history of travel to areas experiencing transmission of COVID-19 or contact with possible COVID-19 patients, please call our office to cancel your appointment.  When you are completely well or had a waiting period, we will do our best to reschedule any cancellations from this time period as soon as possible.

•Plan to come to your scheduled appointment alone, so that there aren't any extra unnecessary people in the office at one time. If you are a new patient, please refer to our website and download the necessary paperwork. If you do not have this information prepared, this could delay your appointment or you may be asked to reschedule your appointment.

•If you have a face mask or face covering, we strongly recommend wearing it as an added precaution.  Our clinical staff will all be wearing masks.

•When you arrive, please read the instructions on the front door. Then check in at the front desk. At that time, our staff will instruct you regarding check in procedures.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us keep all our patients and staff safe and healthy during this time.