There are many different types of cysts that can occur right below the skin, creating lumps that can be unattractive or uncomfortable. While most cysts do not pose a health risk, it is common for individuals with cysts to want them removed for comfort or cosmetic reasons. At Precision Medical Specialists, our experienced dermatologist, Dr. Katherine Chiang, offers cyst removal at our medical facility in the West Palm Beach area.
Types and Causes of Skin Cysts
Cysts are small sacs filled with fluid or semi-solid material that can occur throughout the body. In the skin, these are often caused by blocked oil glands, skin infections or other issues that cause a backup of fluid to form within the skin layers. Cysts are not part of the skin, but a separate membrane bubble or sac that forms in the skin or other area of the body.
In the skin, acne cysts are among the most common to occur, creating small bumps that may be filled with pus. Sebaceous cysts are those that form on the skin or scalp, which can include epidermoid and pilar cysts. There are specific cysts that may occur in certain areas, like chalazion cysts that form on the eyelids.
Treatment for Cysts
While cystic acne is treated with a variety of medication, topical creams and other therapies to control the breakouts, most cysts are removed as treatment. The most common cyst removal method for small skin cysts is aspiration. A needle or catheter can be inserted into the cyst to drain it. Draining a cyst does not remove the membrane, but it can relieve any discomfort and remove the appearance. Larger cysts may require surgical removal. It is rare for a cyst in the skin to be malignant, but if there is any concern that a cyst may be cancerous, Dr. Chiang will send the entire cyst for pathology evaluation by a specialist in dermatopathology.
In most cases, cysts below the skin are benign and not dangerous to health. However, if you need cyst removal, you want an experienced medical professional to perform your procedure. To have a cyst examined or removed, contact us at Precision Medical Specialists to schedule a cyst removal consultation at our medical center in Wellington, FL.