Cyst Removal – The Woodlands Dermatologist Anthony J. Perri, M.D.
Like so many other skin conditions, most cysts are nothing to be concerned about. They can appear and disappear on their own with little to no intervention in many cases. For the majority of patients in Conroe and The Woodlands, cyst removal is sought simply to alleviate pain or improve cosmetic appearance, though in some rare cases, cysts can become cancerous. If you find yourself in doubt, the safest course is to call Dr. Perri for an appointment.
What is a Cyst?
There are many different types of cysts, but in general terms, cysts can be described as benign, or non-cancerous, growths that form under the surface of the skin. They can come about as the result of an infection, clogging of the sebaceous (oil) glands, or form around foreign bodies in the skin, such as earrings.
Cysts are typically slow to grow, painless, and smooth to the touch, feeling like small peas below the skin’s surface. It is, however, possible for cysts to become inflamed, painful, grow rapidly or break down. In these cases, it may be necessary to seek cyst removal. The Woodlands and Conroe patients experiencing these symptoms should see Dr. Perri right away to make sure your cyst isn’t becoming a cause for greater concern.
Types of Cysts
Cysts can present themselves in a wide variety of forms. Though they are most commonly found on the face, neck, and torso, they can appear anywhere on the body. Some of the most common types of cysts are:
- Epidermoid: this type can occur following surgery or injury to the skin. They most commonly occur on the face, neck, and back. They can be hereditary.
- Pilar: this type of cyst is primarily found on the scalp. They can be hereditary.
- Milia: these can be thought of as miniature epidermoid cysts. They frequently occur on the face as single or multiple pinpoint white lesions and are common in older woman. The cause is unclear, but they may arise following injuries to the skin or surgery.
Causes and Risk Factors for Cysts
The surface of your skin, called the epidermis, is made of a thin layer that protects the underlying cells. Your body continuously sheds this layer as new skin cells are formed. Many cysts form when, rather than sloughing off as they normally do, they instead move deeper into your skin and multiply. The epidermal cells form the walls of the cyst and then secrete keratin, the thick, yellow substance that sometimes drains from cysts, into the interior. Among other causes, this abnormal growth of cells may be due to damaged hair follicles or oil glands in your skin.
Everyone is at risk for the development of one or more cysts during their lifetime, but the following factors are believed to make you more susceptible:
- Having a history of acne.
- Sutaining injuries to the skin.
- Being past puberty.
- Having certain rare genetic disorders.
Treatment for Cysts
Most cysts are nothing to be concerned about, and you can usually leave them alone. Some cysts will even disappear on their own without treatment, though there is no set timeframe or guarantee of this. For patients in Conroe and The Woodlands, cyst removal is usually sought when cysts either begin to cause discomfort, cosmetic problems, or if they become inflamed.
Depending on your specific circumstances, your cyst may need to be drained of fluid. Some inflamed cysts can be treated with an injection of cortisone medication to cause it to shrink, while others may require minor surgery to remove. In these cases, Dr. Perri may recommend waiting to treat your cyst until the inflammation subsides, as surgical removal can be complicated by inflammation. If a cyst enlarges rapidly and ruptures, a boil-like lesion results that usually requires treatment with an antibiotic and drainage of the inflammation.
Whether you have a cyst that is genuinely concerning you, or you simply don’t want to look at it any longer, call Perri Dermatology for an appointment today. We have two convenient locations and offer flexible appointments to meet your schedule.
Have a concerning cyst? Conroe and The Woodlands cyst removal expert Dr. Anthony J. Perri can help. Call today for your appointment: The Woodlands – 281.943.2749 Conroe – 936.522.4966