Common Types of Cysts

Cysts are abnormal, noncancerous fluid-filled sacs that often develop in tissues on any part of your body. Some of the main causes of cysts include parasites, injuries, infections, and tumors. Generally, it is often advisable to consult your healthcare provider if you have a cyst or notice any new lumps on your body. Let’s look at the various types of cysts and the possible treatments offered by Dr. Connie Wang.

 What Is a Cyst?

A cyst is a common skin condition that is usually characterized by the development of tiny pockets of fluid under the skin. Cysts usually develop from a clogged oil gland or after an infection from foreign objects, such as earrings. Usually, cysts may be filled with puss or fluid and are easily identified by touch.

Untreated cysts can lead to chronic infections, so it is advisable to check with the skin professionals at Elite Dermatology to have your cysts diagnosed and treated.

 What Causes Cysts?

The size of cysts can vary from very small to very large cysts that can displace your internal organs. Cysts are common and can develop anywhere on your body. They also have a distinct membrane that separates it from the healthy nearby tissues where it is situated. In addition to clogged sebaceous glands, piercings, or injections, other main causes of cysts are:

  • Parasites
  • A defect in the cells
  • Genetic conditions
  • An injury that damages a vessel
  • Blockages of ducts in the body that cause fluid build-up.
  • Tumors
  • Chronic inflammatory conditions
  • A fault in an organ of a growing embryo

 Cyst Removal Process

Generally, the cyst removal process requires complete removal of the entire cyst capsule. This prevents the regrowth of another cyst. Before the cyst is removed, a skilled team of surgeons inject a numbing agent in the affected area to enhance comfort. By cutting a small opening in your skin with the help of a surgical blade, your dermatologist can cut the cyst through the opening completely.

At Elite Dermatology, our team of surgical experts usually make very small incisions on your skin when removing an entire cyst to eliminate any scarring. Once the cyst is removed, your dermatologist closes the opening made with stitches and later sends you to be evaluated and examined to ensure no additional cysts develop. The typical time for a cyst removal process is about half an hour but this will depend on where in your body the cyst is located.

 What Happens After a Cyst Removal?

Once your cyst has been removed, the skilled team at Elite Dermatology will provide you with some instructions on how to care for and manage your incision site. To allow professional examination and ensure proper healing, the team usually schedules a follow-up appointment. You may be advised to limit engaging in any strenuous activity until the sutures are removed.

Although cysts are naturally harmless benign growths in your body, they can later become bothersome and cumbersome to treat. That is why the board-certified dermatologist Dr. Connie Wang and her team work to expertly remove the entire cyst to prevent it from growing again. To learn more about our services, feel free to book an appointment online or call our offices in Katy, Vintage Park, Houston, the Heights, or Kingwood, Texas.

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