What are Skin Cysts?
A skin cyst is a sac-like pocket of tissue that contains benign debris. They can grow anywhere on the body under the skin. While there are many different types of cysts, most of them are noncancerous. Some of the most common types of skin cysts include:
- Epidermoid Cyst: Are small, slow-growing cysts that are most commonly found on the face, head, neck, back, or genitals. They are usually the cause of a buildup of keratin under the skin and may become red or swollen.
- Ganglion Cyst: Are round, fluid-filled lumps of tissue that often appear along tendons or joints. They are common and do not cause pain or problems unless they grow and begin to put pressure on other structures.
- Pilar Cyst: Are non-cancerous, skin-colored bumps that develop under the skin. They are caused by protein and keratin buildup in a hair follicle and are commonly found on the scalp.
Dr. Beach will examine your cyst during your consultation appointment to properly diagnose the type of cyst as well as determine the best removal option.
Skin Cyst Treatment Options
There are a number of treatment options when it comes to treating skin cysts. At DermAtelier on Avenue, Dr. Beach performs the following when appropriate:
Draining the Cyst: An incision is made in the cyst and drain the material inside. However, cysts may refill after being drained. This therapy does not remove the cyst itself.
Injecting Medication: Injecting certain medications, such as corticosteroid, into the cyst can reduce swelling if the cyst is tender or growing. This therapy does not remove the cyst itself.
Surgical Removal: This is the most definitive treatment option.Dr. Beach will remove the entire cyst wall. This usually stops the cyst from growing back.
It is very important that you do not try to drain or pop a cyst at home. This may lead to infection or scarring, and the cyst will regrow. If you are uncomfortable with a cyst, be sure to contact DermAtelier on Avenue to arrange for a proper assessment of your cyst.
Who is a Good Candidate for Skin Cyst Treatment?
While benign cysts do not usually cause long-term problems, they can become enlarged, and cause cosmetic or physical discomfort. Individuals with these symptoms can benefit from elective skin cyst removal.
What to Expect After Skin Cyst Treatment?
There is little to no downtime required following skin cyst treatment, depending on the type and size of the cyst. Patients will be given specific instructions on how to care for their treatment site following their procedure to ensure the best results. In cases of surgical removal, sutures may be placed, which can be removed in-office after about 10-14 days.
Contact Us Today
If you are unhappy with a skin cyst and would like to learn more about your cyst treatment options, contact our office today! We will let you know how to schedule your consultation with Dr. Beach, which is your first step toward a more comfortable and confident you!