Cysts are a common benign growth seen in dermatology. Treatment may or may not be recommended based on size, symptoms, and location. If inflamed, they may be treated with a steroid injection or oral antibiotics. Full removal of a cyst, however, warrants surgical excision. This is a minor out-patient procedure in which the area is numbed locally and the cyst is removed in its entirety. The removed lesion is always sent to the lab to confirm that it is indeed a benign cyst. Oftentimes, people can get recurrent cysts on their scalp, called Pilar Cysts, which are usually genetic. We commonly remove these in the office with a simple 20 minute surgical procedure. Pilar Cyst Removal.
When cysts are small and on the face, they are usually called “milia” cysts, and a quick extraction can be performed to remove them. This requires NO numbing, and in skilled hands, a simple lancet and comedone extractor usually does the trick!