If you’ve noticed a firm bump under your skin that won’t go away, you might have a cyst. These closed sac-like structures typically contain keratin and oil. They sometimes form as a result of acne that doesn’t resolve, a clogged pore, trauma or an ingrown hair becoming inflamed and healing improperly.
Most cysts are benign. Even so, you might want to remove them for cosmetic or comfort reasons. Cysts can become inflamed and painful or have a smelly discharge. A board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Dina Strachan at Aglow Dermatology can correctly diagnose and remove your cysts with minimal discomfort.
What Types of Cysts Can a Dermatologist Treat?
There are many types of cysts, but dermatologists address those found in the skin. Some of the most common kinds our practice treats include:
- Epidermal (sebaceous) cysts: These commonly appear on the face, neck, back, ears, and scalp. They contain a whitish keratin substance and can have a visible central pore.
- Trichilemmal (pilar) cysts: Also known as wens, these look similar to epidermal cysts but usually occur on the scalp. They might appear in multiples, but they also have a thicker wall, allowing for easier removal.
- Milia: Sometimes called milk spots, these small lighter bumps often form around the eyes. They’re about the size of the tip of a pencil and sometimes resolve on their own. However, they can be treated for aesthetic reasons.
How Do Dermatologists Remove Cysts?
There are countless YouTube videos showing amateur cyst removal methods, but the only safe and effective way is to visit a qualified provider. If you try to smash or squeeze a cyst at home, you risk scarring, pain, and infection. Because cysts form a sac, they’ll continue to reoccur until the capsular wall is fully removed.
Dermatologists remove cysts by completely excising the cyst wall. In some cases, cysts can become inflamed and fill with pus. If your cyst has already ruptured, it may need to be drained or injected with steroids to reduce the swelling before excision.
A local anesthetic can eliminate discomfort during this quick outpatient procedure. Choosing a provider with expertise in cosmetic and medical dermatology like Dr. Strachan is the best way to ensure minimal scarring.
Schedule Your New York City Cyst Removal
You don’t need to live with a cyst if you feel it’s uncomfortable or unattractive. Schedule a cyst removal consultation with our New York dermatologist at Aglow Dermatology by calling 212-627-1004. Dr. Strachan treats patients of all skin types and has noteworthy expertise in the best dermatological practices for patients of color.