Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus or other material. Cysts are common lesions on the skin and can appear anywhere. They often feel like large peas under the surface of the skin. Cysts can develop as a result of trauma or infection, clogging of sebaceous glands (oil glands), or around foreign bodies.

There are many different types of cysts which include epidermal, sebaceous, acne and pilar cysts. Sebaceous cysts form from a sebaceous gland that produces oil when the gland becomes damaged or blocked. Acne cysts tend to be the largest in size and located deeper within the skin.  Cystic acne often look like boils on the skin, can be large puss-filled, large white bump, redness, tender or painful to touch.

Treatment of cysts is not medically needed however, individuals consider elective removal for cosmetic reasons or due to general discomfort caused by the cyst.  Depending on the size and type of cyst options include punch excision, kenalog injection or surgical excision.

 

Before and After

Acne Cyst removal using Punch Excision

Cyst removal using Kenolog Injections

Cyst removal using Kenolog Injections

Cyst removal using Punch Excision

Cyst removal using Punch Excision

Cyst removal using Punch Excision and Kenolog Injection

Cyst removal using Shave excision

Cyst removal using Shave excision

Cyst Excision

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