McLean, VA Potomac, MD

Little growths can periodically show up on our bodies and cause discomfort. While a cyst is not typically a sign of danger, that doesn’t mean having one is comfortable. If you have one of these growths, you should never attempt cyst removal at home. Instead, contact our expert providers here at McLean & Potomac Dermatology. We can safely excise cysts and other growths, giving you clear skin without the danger of infection or complication. Schedule an appointment today to learn more.

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What Causes Cysts?

Cysts develop when a pore becomes plugged by bacteria or cells. When this happens, extra debris becomes trapped within the blockage, quickly causing a small cyst to grow out of control. When it comes to sebaceous cyst removal, many people assume they can just “pop a cyst” and be done with it. However, squeezing a cyst can damage your skin, often leading to infections and irritation.

What Are the Cyst Removal Options?

Small cysts do not usually need treatment but can be readily removed by a minor surgical procedure. Cysts can remain untreated for years. Larger cysts are usually removed if they become inflamed or infected.

Cysts are treated by making a small surgical opening into the skin and removing their contents and the sac. This procedure is called an excision. This is done under local anesthetic and may require stitches, which are removed a few days later. Occasionally cysts recur and need further treatment.

Is Cyst Removal Permanent?

Cysts rarely come back when they are properly removed. If you’ve had a cyst come back after removal, it’s likely that your provider only drained the cyst rather than excised it. To fully eliminate these growths and prevent them from returning, the fluid and sac need to be completely removed.

Schedule Cyst Removal in McLean, VA, or Potomac, MD

Don’t attempt to remove cysts at home. At McLean & Potomac Dermatology, we offer professional cyst removal and excision services to help you improve the look and feel of your skin. Schedule your appointment with our dermatological team to learn more.

You can get started by messaging us on this site to set up your consultation or by calling us at (703) 356-5111.

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