Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology & Dermatopathology located in Wheat Ridge, CO
Cysts that form on your skin aren’t usually dangerous, but they can make you feel like you don’t look your best, and they may bother you when you perform certain activities. At Elevation Dermatology in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, we are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of benign skin cysts. For more information about treatment options for cysts, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
What are cysts?
A cyst is a small, non-cancerous bump on your skin that occurs when fluid or pus becomes trapped in a pocket of skin cells. Cysts are usually harmless, and rarely cause pain, but they can make you feel self-conscious, especially when they occur on the face and other visible areas.
There are many types of skin cysts, and they can occur on any part of your body. The most common types are sebaceous cysts, which is a term that generally refers to either epidermoid or pilar cysts.
Epidermoid cysts develop in the upper layers of skin, and may become painful or tender if inflamed or infected. Pilar cysts generally arise from hair follicles, and are commonly seen on the scalp. At Elevation Dermatology, we treat both types of cysts.
What causes cysts?
The cause of skin cysts depends on the type of cyst. Some cysts don’t have an apparent cause, but genetic factors may play a role in the development of cysts. Irritation by a foreign body can also cause cysts to form.
How can I tell if I have a cyst?
If you have a smooth, round bump that’s about the size of a pea under your skin, you may have a cyst.
Other signs and symptoms of cysts include:
- A blackhead at the top of the bump under the skin of the cyst
Cysts can sometimes rupture, causing drainage of fluid or pus.
How are skin cysts treated?
Skin cysts don’t usually require treatment, but it’s a good idea to have a qualified physician examine any bump on your skin. Elevation Dermatology has advanced diagnostics training, and years of experience diagnosing skin conditions, so she can determine the exact nature of any skin irregularity.
If your cyst bothers you, causes embarrassment, or becomes infected, we are experts at cyst removal and may recommend one of the following treatments.
- Draining the cyst
- Injections that address inflammation
- Minor surgery to remove the entire cyst
If Elevation Dermatology confirmed that you have a cyst, but it isn’t causing you any trouble, we may recommend at-home treatments, such as cleansing with special soap, and warm compresses. However, at Elevation Dermatology cautions against attempting to drain any cyst on your own, as this can result in infection or scarring.
To learn more about how At Elevation Dermatology we treat unsightly or uncomfortable cysts, call the office to schedule a consultation today or book an appointment online.