Cysts are sac-like pockets that appear under the skin. They may contain liquid or semi-liquid material and range in size. There are several types of cysts, such as ganglion cysts, epidermoid cysts, and dermoid cysts. Their causes may vary, but many are due to an infection, a blockage in the skin, or swollen hair follicles. Most cysts are benign, but your provider may recommend cyst removal for bothersome or unsightly cases.
If you notice any cysts or abnormal growths on your skin, it is essential to have them diagnosed by a licensed dermatologist. At Academic Alliance in Dermatology, our dermatologists are skilled in cyst removal and can help you achieve healthier and smoother-looking skin.
How is a Cyst Removed?
Before removing a cyst, your dermatologist will assess the area and check if any special tests are required. Not all cysts will require removal, but there are several methods your dermatologist may use, including:
How is a Cyst Removed?
If your cyst is filled with liquid, your dermatologist may choose to drain the cyst. This involves making a small incision and removing the cyst’s contents. During the procedure, patients may receive local anesthesia to numb the area. Your dermatologist may also pack the cyst with a small piece of gauze after it is drained to facilitate healing.
Certain types of cysts, such as Baker’s, dermoid, and ganglion cysts, may require surgical removal of the entire cyst and its contents. During surgery, your dermatologist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. After surgery, you may notice scarring in the area. The size of the scar often depends on the size of the cyst, and our dermatologists will work diligently to minimize scarring as much as possible.
During this procedure, a small sterile needle is used to puncture the cyst and remove the contents inside, making the cyst less noticeable. This method may also be used for a biopsy to determine if a cyst is cancerous.
Never try to remove a cyst yourself, as this may result in infection, permanent scarring, damage to surrounding tissues, and other complications. Instead, only a trained dermatologist should attempt to remove a cyst. If you are dealing with a cyst on your skin, visit Academic Alliance in Dermatology for professional and compassionate cyst removal.
Cyst Removal Aftercare
Once your cyst is removed, your dermatologist will provide instructions for proper care and cleaning of the area. You may also be prescribed antibiotics and ointments to help keep the area from becoming infected. Be sure to keep your wound covered with a bandage and change it as instructed. The time it takes for your wound to heal will vary depending on the type and size of the cyst. In some cases, your doctor may advise you to keep a follow-up appointment for further assessment.
Explore Cyst Removal at Academic Alliance in Dermatology
Our experienced dermatologists provide the highest quality care and use the latest techniques to keep your skin healthy and free of cysts. We are committed to helping you feel comfortable and relaxed during the treatment process, ensuring that you experience minimal pain or discomfort. To schedule a consultation and learn more about your cyst removal options, book an appointment with Academic Alliance in Dermatology today.