Although a cyst usually doesn’t pose a health issue, they can be unsightly. They could also become painful over time, which is when you want to consider having the cyst removed. The process begins by visiting our office to determine what kind of cyst you have and the best method of cyst removal so that it can be completely treated in a safe manner.
Most cysts feel like a hard mass just underneath the skin. There are some cysts that are inside your body, such as those located on your ovary. Think of a cyst as a sac that’s filled with fluid or a type of solid material that can be easily manipulated. There are several different types of substances that a cyst can be filled with, such as pus. One of the reasons you might have a cyst is because the pores on your body are clogged with dirt and debris. Hair follicles can also get infected, leading to cysts that develop. When the dirt, debris, and dead skin cells have nowhere to go, then a cyst occurs that is filled with the material that can’t escape, which is why cyst removal is required.
Sometimes, a cyst can rupture, causing excessive bleeding if it’s not treated. It can also lead to an infection that can quickly spread to other areas of your body. The procedure for cyst removal is usually minimally-invasive with a short recovery time. In most instances, you won’t need to go to an outpatient center unless the cyst is located somewhere inside your body that would require an incision for removal. When you arrive at the office, our provider will examine the cyst to ensure that it can safely be removed. They will use medication to numb the area before the cyst removal treatment so that you’re comfortable during the procedure.
A small incision will be made to remove the cyst. Once the area is clean, the incision will be closed, usually with stitches that dissolve on their own. Sometimes, stitches will need to be removed, which will then be done during a future appointment. Instructions will be given for the care that you need to provide to the area until it’s healed. It usually takes less than 30 minutes to remove most cysts. The substance inside the cyst is typically sent to a lab to ensure that there are no signs of cancer or other issues that need to be treated.
Consider visiting Westover Hills Dermatology to learn more about cyst removal from our professionals in San Antonio. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!