IF YOU HAVE A SKIN CYST, YOU KNOW THAT THEY CAN BE PAINFUL AND HARD TO GET RID OFF
Cysts can develop almost anywhere on the body, and they need medical attention to heal properly. The pain from skin cysts can make movements difficult if they occur in an area that is near a joint or is touched with natural movements.
CAUSES OF SKIN CYSTS
Ingrown hairs and acne are the most common cause of cysts. Both conditions can lead to pore infection, the beginning stage of cyst development. Cysts can develop and worsen when the skin inside of it keeps reproducing but is trapped, eventually causing an infection. Sebaceous cysts are the most common type and consists of a “balloon” under the skin with a small opening near the surface. However, when the skin lining the cyst continues to produce skin cells, they are not naturally shed by the body as they normally would, and these cells build up inside the cyst. The cyst can also burst, making the area more painful and inflamed.
When a cyst bursts, it can reform and become a combination of scar tissue and smaller cysts. You should not wait for a cyst to heal on its own, especially after it has ruptured. A cyst is much easier to manage before it ruptures, and can be easily removed by a dermatologist. Once it is infected, your treatment options will involve a more complex procedure.
SKIN CYST TREATMENT OPTIONS
You should not attempt to remove a cyst on your own. Squeezing it may cause some fluid to ooze out, but the cyst will not heal unless the whole sac beneath the skin surface is removed. If you simply drain the cyst, it will form again if the “balloon” remains beneath the surface. It is imperative that a trained dermatologist removes the entire cyst so that the area will heal thoroughly.
When you come in for the procedure, our dermatologist will analyze the area to assess the size and depth of the cyst, along with the level of infection. The area around the cyst will be numbed to make you more comfortable during the procedure. The doctor will make an incision and remove the entire sac beneath the skin surface. Then, your incision will be stitched on the inside and outside to promote proper healing. Any scar remaining from your incision fades with time.
COME TO FULLERTON FOR YOUR SKIN CYSTS
Cysts can be painful and should be treated by a skilled dermatologist. If you have a hard lump under your skin that stays in place or later becomes painful and inflamed, it’s important to get it treated sooner rather than later by our highly-skilled team of skin doctors. Our dermatologists have years of experience and use the most effective procedures. We focus on compassionate patient care, and use the latest surgical techniques to make your experience comfortable and stress-free. Schedule an appointment with our office to seek treatment for a skin cyst.