What are Cysts?

Epidermoid (sebaceous) cysts, and pilar cysts are two of the most common that occur underneath the skin.  Epidermoid cysts form as a result of clogged oil glands and overgrowth of the hair follicle.  These typically occur on the face, neck, and back.  Although, they may also be found on other parts of the body. 

Pilar cysts, on the other hand, form from a hair follicle and are most often located on the scalp.  While these cysts may occur sporadically, a patient’s predisposition for them can also be determined genetically.

Cyst Removal

Cysts are typically benign and pose no health risk.  However, there are some instances in which cysts should be removed.  Some may be troublesome or painful to the patient, while others pose a threat of rupture.  When a cyst ruptures, it results in a painful growth, similar to a boil, that will require drainage and treatment with antibiotics.  Removal is simple and is performed by placing a small slit in the top of the cyst after a local anesthetic.  The contents of the cyst and the sac from which it develops are removed using pressure and small surgical instruments such as scissors.

Learn More about Cyst Removal

If you have a cyst that has become bothersome, it may need to be removed.  To determine if this is the case, schedule your consultation and treatment with one of our Baton Rouge dermatologists or Lafayette dermatologists.