Cyst Removal

Dermatology located in Fairfax, VA

A cyst feels like a soft growth beneath the surface of your skin. While cysts are typically harmless, they can cause discomfort or be aesthetically displeasing. Cyst removal is an area of specialty provided by the board-certified dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax in Fairfax, Virginia. If you’re suspicious about a cyst on your body, call to schedule an evaluation today. You can also book an appointment online any time, day or night.

What is a cyst removal?

Cyst removal is a medical procedure involving the extraction of a cyst, a sac-like pocket filled with fluid, pus, or other material typically found beneath the skin. Cysts can occur in various places on the body and may be caused by infections, blockages of ducts, or developmental abnormalities.

How is a cyst removal performed?

The procedure for cyst removal can vary depending on its size, location, and type. 

In many cases, a simple cyst removal involves a local anesthetic to numb the area, followed by a small incision to open the cyst. The cyst is then carefully drained, and your provider removes the cyst wall to prevent recurrence. 

For larger or more complex cysts, especially those located in sensitive areas or deeper tissues, your Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax provider may need to perform surgery that includes stitches for recovery.

When is a cyst removal necessary?

A cyst removal becomes necessary when the cyst causes discomfort, becomes infected, or if there’s a cosmetic concern. Cysts that are rapidly growing, painful, or associated with other symptoms may also warrant removal. 

In addition, your dermatologist may recommend removal if there’s uncertainty about the nature of the cyst, as some cysts may harbor malignancies or other concerning features.

What is recovery from cyst removal like?

The recovery process from a cyst removal is generally straightforward. You may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising at the site of the removal, which can benefit from pain medications and ice packs. 

Stitches, if used, are typically removed within a week, but you must keep the incision site clean and follow your dermatologist’s postoperative care instructions.

What can I do to promote a successful recovery after my cyst removal?

While the recovery is often quick, you should avoid strenuous activities that could strain the incision site during the initial healing period. Depending on the type and location of the cyst, you may need to restrict certain movements to prevent complications.

While complications from cyst removal are rare, they can include infection, bleeding, or recurrence of the cyst. To minimize your risk, be sure to:

  • Follow postoperative care guidelines
  • Keep the area clean
  • Watch for any abnormalities or pain
  • Attending any follow-up appointments

To learn more about cyst removal, book an appointment today by clicking online or calling the friendly office staff today.