Cysts can be confusing. Are they akin to a mole? How about a wart? Neither. There are different types of cysts, but their common characteristic is they are sac-like, and they grow under the skin.
During a skin examination, Dr. Ragi checks patients’ skin for cysts, examining them to be sure they are not cancerous. If needed, he surgically removes cysts. If you have questions about your skin or are looking to have a cyst removed, contact us in Teaneck to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ragi. Call our office at 201-836-9696 or request a consultation online.
Cysts are diverse. There are 11 types of cysts:
As you can see from those descriptions, cysts are typically benign. But they can become a problem.
If a cyst becomes very painful or inflamed, this could point to a rupture or an infection.
Also, we should see your cyst even if it isn’t causing any pain or other problems. Differences in these growths can be a symptom of cancer.
To remove or not to remove, that is the question. Most cysts are benign and don’t threaten your health in any way. Some cysts remain small and aren’t visually a problem. In these types of cysts, you probably don’t need to do anything about them.
But as soon as a cyst starts to become painful, starts growing larger, or is ugly and you want it gone, surgery is the way to go.
Surgical removal by Dr. Ragi is the most effective treatment for cysts. Other medical options, such as draining the cyst with a needle, can provide short-term help but the cyst will likely re-form. That’s because when a cyst is drained, the walls of the cyst remain in the skin. These walls make the collection of materials inside the cyst more likely to recur. When Dr. Ragi surgically removes the cyst, he removes it entirely, including the walls. That prevents it from growing back.
These removal procedures at our offices on Palisade Avenue are not difficult. Dr. Ragi applies local anesthetic to the area, and he makes a small incision. He then removes the entire cyst. When patients seek to have a cyst removed, it is usually larger. This means the cyst will have taken up space under the skin, so once the cyst is gone, the wound left may need a few stitches. It can create a small scar.
Cysts can go away on their own, usually when the cause, such as a blocked sebaceous gland, is removed. Still, there is no rhythm nor reason as to which cyst will go away on its own and which will not.
If the cyst is bugging you, it’s best to come see Dr. Ragi and have him remove it.
Moles and warts grow outside the skin, cysts form under it.
Call the office to schedule your skin examination with Dr. Ragi at 201-836-9696 or click here to fill out your online request. Advanced Laser & Skin Cancer Center is proud to serve Teaneck, NJ, and the surrounding areas.