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Are you dealing with a bump under your skin that is becoming bothersome or painful? If so, you may have a cyst. Cysts are common in both men and women and can occur on any area of the body. Cyst removal is performed to remove these cysts once they begin to cause discomfort or self-consciousness. Our team will work with you to determine the best cyst removal technique to ensure your cyst does not return. 

What is Cyst Removal?

Cysts are closed sacs that reside under the skin and are can be filled with soft or hard material. While they can occur anywhere on the body, they are most often found on the trunk, face, neck, and scalp. Overall, there are a variety of different cysts that can occur, and epidermoid cysts are among the most common types treated by dermatologists. Epidermoid cysts are a result of a buildup of keratin under the skin. They can appear either skin-colored, yellow, or tan, and can become infected and swollen.

Cyst removal is performed when a cyst is bothersome or uncomfortable. If your cyst becomes visibly infected, red, swollen, or painful, be sure to visit a doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible.

Who is a Good Candidate for Cyst Removal?

Healthy individuals who are bothered by a cyst can benefit from cyst removal. It is very important that you do not try to pop or drain a cyst yourself, as this could cause scarring or infection. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with one of our dermatologists to begin your cyst removal journey.

What to Expect During Cyst Removal?

When it comes to removing a cyst, there are a number of techniques that can be used. These include:


Your dermatologist will inject the cyst with medication that will reduce inflammation and swelling.

Incision and drainage

During this treatment, a small cut will be made in the cyst, and your dermatologist will gently squeeze out the inner material.

Minor surgery

The entire cyst can be removed with minor surgery. The cyst sack must be removed to ensure that the cyst does not reoccur. Sutures will be used to close up the incision.

Regardless of the technique, a numbing injection will be administered prior to the procedure to ensure your comfort. If stitches are placed, they can be removed 1-2 weeks later.

Skin Cysts’ FAQs

Can a cyst be hard?

Yes, cysts can be filled with either hard or soft material.

Are cysts hereditary?

Epidermoid cysts on their own are not hereditary conditions, however, they can be the result of certain rare underlying conditions.

Are skin cysts dangerous?

Most cysts are benign, but some can be cancerous or precancerous. Left untreated, cysts can become red, swollen, or painful, which is why they are most often removed.

Can a dermatologist remove a cyst?

Yes, dermatologists offer several techniques for removing cysts, with or without minor surgery.

Can a cyst be mistaken for a tumor?

If youre unsure whether a growth or condition is a cyst or a tumor, its best to have it examined by a dermatologist who can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Cyst Removal Recovery

In most cases, there is little downtime required following cyst removal. Dressing or gauze may be placed over the treatment site to reduce swelling and bleeding. Clear or yellow fluid may drain after this procedure, though it should stop within one week. Your dermatologist will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your treatment site.

Schedule a Consultation

You don’t have to live with unsightly or uncomfortable cysts! Contact our office today to schedule your consultation appointment. During this meeting, your dermatologist will examine your cyst and discuss possible treatment options. You will also be able to ask any questions that you may have.

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