Cysts

What is a cyst?
A cyst is a small sac under the skin that contains fibrous tissue or fluid. Larger cysts may appear slightly elevated and are typically pink or skin-colored with a small pore opening.

Why do cysts form?
Cysts most often arise from blocked sebaceous glands or inflamed hair follicles and are common in patients with acne and folliculitis. Skin trauma such as chronic friction in a certain area can also induce a cyst to form anywhere on the face, neck, underarms, thighs and trunk.

How do we treat cysts?  
Removal of a cyst requires that it be surgically excised by a medical professional. Never try to pop or drain a cyst on your own. Do not squeeze cysts, as this can cause the sac to rupture, causing further damage to the tissues and potential scarring or discoloration.

What can I expect?
Cyst removal is a painless experience at Orentreich Medical Group, as the area is completely anesthetized prior to treatment. A large cyst excision may require that a stitch be placed in afterwards for closure; this is typically removed in one week. Excision of the cyst ensures that the entire sac has been removed. This means that the cyst cannot refill or re-form. However, the development of new cysts is always possible.

Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.