There are literally hundreds of different bumps and cysts that can appear on the skin and each type may have certain characteristics that help your dermatologist identify its category. In general, a cyst is a sac that is at least somewhat filled with fluid. Some cysts are filled to capacity. Its size can vary quite widely, as can its cause. Some cysts may develop because of clogged oil glands where others are caused by an inherited, genetic condition, infection, or irritant. Whether a cyst is bothersome or is merely a cosmetic nuisance, you have the option of removal.

A cyst will look like a lump on or below the surface of the skin. A cyst will not look like an open sore, instead being completely closed. Most often, cysts grow very slowly. They will be smooth to the touch and should not be painful. Though a cyst may show up anywhere on the body, most develop on the face, neck, torso, or in the genital area.

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Although it is always a good idea to have an unknown growth evaluated by your dermatologist, cysts usually do not require treatment. Some may disappear gradually without treatment, while others will remain but do not pose a threat to health. Sebaceous cysts and folliculitis are two types of cysts that require treatment, often with antibiotics.

Cysts may be removed by drainage or excision


Draining a cyst means that the fluid filled sac is emptied. Without fluid, the cyst will collapse. Our dermatologist has training and experience in the drainage of cysts.


Sometimes it is necessary to remove a cyst surgically. A cyst may be excised for several different reasons, such as to rule out cancer. The excision of cysts begins with the marking of the area and the administration of local anesthetic. The cyst is carefully removed by our dermatologist. The incision is then sutured to close the wound, and a dressing is placed. The removed cyst may be sent to the pathology lab to rule out the presence of cancer cells.

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