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Cysts services offered in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, CA


Cysts are enclosed sacs filled with liquid or semisolid substances that form on various parts of the body, including the skin. Though not always harmful, you shouldn’t ignore unusual growths that form on the skin. The teams at Redwood Empire Dermatology in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, and Oakmont, California, specialize in diagnosing and treating cysts. To schedule a consultation, call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.

Cyst Q&A

What are cysts?

Cysts are filled sacs that form on the skin or other parts of the body, such as the kidneys, ovaries, and breasts. These sacs contain fluid or a semisolid substance.

 

Anyone can develop cysts. Though not usually harmful, cysts benefit from an evaluation, especially those that form on the skin. Because skin cancer is so prevalent, you shouldn’t ignore any unusual skin growth.

What are the types of skin cysts?

The location and composition of the cyst determine its type. Types of skin cysts include:

Epidermal cysts

An epidermal cyst is common, forming in the epidermal layer of your skin, which is the outermost layer. These cysts may appear on the face, neck, back, or scalp.

 

Epidermal cysts are filled with keratin, a protein found in the skin. The keratin in the cyst is broken down and forms a white, cheese-like substance.

Trichilemmal cysts

Trichilemmal cysts, or pilar cysts, form in a hair follicle. These types of cysts most often appear on the scalp. Like epidermal cysts, these cysts contain keratin but have a tougher sac.

Milia

Milia are small, firm, white cysts that appear on the face, especially around the eyes. The cause of these cysts is unknown, but diseases and topical treatments may trigger these cysts to form.

Acne cysts

Acne is clogged pores. An acne cyst is a pus-filled, painful blemish that forms deep in the skin. 

What can I expect during an evaluation for cysts?

You can expect a comprehensive and patient-centered exam when you visit Redwood Empire Dermatology with concerns about cysts. Your dermatologist reviews your medical history and examines the cyst.

 

Though they can determine cyst type during a history and physical examination, your dermatologist may take a sample of your cyst to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

What are some of the treatment options for cysts?

Treatment options for cysts depend on the type. Treatment may include antibiotics, drainage of the cyst, or surgical removal of the cyst and sac.

 

The team performs cyst procedures at the office. Though draining the cyst eases symptoms, the cyst may return. Removing the cyst and the sac may reduce the risk of recurrence.

 

To discuss treatment options for your cysts, call Redwood Empire Dermatology or schedule an appointment online today.

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