SkinCare in Wellesley, MA
Cysts are usually not painful or serious, but do typically require professional care to be removed. Attempting to remove a cyst at home can lead to unnecessary scarring and even infection. Dr. Rashel Goodkin is an expert dermatologist who can remove cysts quickly, effectively, and safely.
A cyst is a sac that forms within the skin which may be filled with a skin protein called keratin in some cases. A cyst generally feels like a small bump below the skin and may grow over time. In some cases, cysts are formed as a result of trauma to the skin, such as after ingrown hairs or acne. Some common types of cysts include pilar cysts and sebaceous cysts. Less common types include digital mucous cysts, Baker’s, dermoid, or ganglion cysts.
In rare cases, a cyst will resolve on its own without requiring treatment. However, cysts require treatment if they are painful or cause irritation, become infected, or continue to grow over time. Patients can also choose to have a cyst removed for cosmetic reasons. Generally, deciding when to remove a cyst depends on its size, location, and cause.
There are several treatment options for cyst treatment.
If the cyst is painful, red, and inflamed, Dr. Goodkin may drain the cyst. This involves making a small incision after using local anesthesia to allow fluid to drain away from the cyst. Following these steps, Dr. Goodkin will use gauze and bandages to cover the wound, which should heal within two weeks. This can cause some scarring, though this should be minimal and inconspicuous. Draining is not recommended for certain types of cysts, including pilar or epidermoid cysts when they are not inflamed. Dr. Goodkin may prescribe a topical and sometimes an oral antibiotic to help the cyst heal faster.
If necessary, Dr. Goodkin may also remove fluid through a procedure known as aspiration. This involves inserting a small, thin needle into the cyst in order to drain fluid.
Surgical removal is recommended is a cyst if growing or painful. It may also be sued for cosmetic reasons. This involves using local anesthesia, followed by making a small incision through which the cyst is pulled out. Incisions can then be closed with sutures and the wound will be bandaged.
After your cyst removal, Dr. Goodkin will give you specific instructions regarding caring for any incisions or dressings. In some cases, you may be required to take antibiotics to avoid infection. Incisions from cyst removals generally heal within two weeks. During the healing process, some swelling, redness, and tenderness are normal the day after the excision but should subside over time. If you experience any of these symptoms worsening, you should call Dr. Goodkin to screen for an infection.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Goodkin, call our office at 781.227.7977 or request your appointment through our online form.