Effective Cyst Removal By Dermatologists
Sebaceous cysts represent one of the most overlooked dermatological conditions. They present as small bumps that are roughly the size of a pea, but they tend to grow large as time passes.
While generally benign in nature, sebaceous cysts can be annoying and unattractive. Sebaceous cysts can grow to become rather large, and removal tends to become more complicated as they increase in size.
Let’s explore what a sebaceous cyst is to better understand how your dermatologist can offer effective sebaceous cyst removal.
Separating Sebaceous Cysts from Other Conditions
Sebaceous cysts look much like acne and pimples, but they lack the “head” of pus that these conditions present. They will also generally be without inflammation, which is another way to tell sebaceous cysts from conditions like sebaceous acne.
Sebaceous cysts generally form as the result of keratin growths beneath the skin. They most commonly occur where there is a pore that has experienced trauma or an ingrown hair.
Keratin will block the skin until a substance known as sebum forms within the sebaceous gland. It may continue to build up until these bumps become significantly larger.
Treating a Sebaceous Cyst – Medical Dermatology Techniques
There are a few approaches to treating sebaceous cysts.
Waiting is the first and easiest approach. Some sebaceous glands will naturally unclog themselves, which in turn allows the gland to begin removing the buildup of sebum on its own.
Another approach is to utilize ointments that contain vitamin A. While this approach is not formally recognized, some patients have found this practice helpful.
If the sebaceous cyst begins to smell, leak, or present red streaks of blood, then the cyst is likely infected. Immediate medical attention is required to prevent further infection and limit the growth of the cyst.
In the event of an infected or large cyst, warm compressions are generally recommended to reduce the cyst’s size. A cyst can be injected with antibiotics to reduce the size or removed by a medical professional.
The Importance of Diagnosing Sebaceous Cysts
While most sebaceous cysts will present few problems, it is imperative that you do have sebaceous cysts diagnosed. This can rule out other conditions while helping your doctor keep a watchful eye on a condition that could develop into something more.
Diagnosis can help prevent sebaceous cysts from growing large, as the chances of a sebaceous cyst become larger as the cyst grows in size. These infections can spread throughout the body and wreak havoc.
If you suspect that you may have a sebaceous cyst or another dermatological condition, then contact Calabasas Dermatology Center today to schedule an appointment. We specialize in providing patients like you in Calabasas and the surrounding Southern California area with reliable dermatological care.