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Cyst and Lipoma Surgery

True Dermatology specializes in the expert removal of benign cysts and lipomas. These non-cancerous growths, which can cause cosmetic concerns, discomfort, or infection, are precisely excised by our board-certified dermatologists and skilled surgical team.


Cyst and Lipoma Surgery

Cyst and Lipoma Surgery

Benign Cyst and Lipoma Surgery

What Are Benign Cysts and Lipomas?

Benign cysts and lipomas are common non-cancerous growths that can develop under the skin. Benign cysts, such as sebaceous cysts or epidermoid cysts, are typically filled with keratin and other skin debris. They often appear as small, round lumps under the skin and can occur anywhere on the body. Lipomas, on the other hand, are soft, fatty lumps that grow slowly under the skin. They are usually painless and can also appear anywhere on the body, though they are most commonly found on the neck, shoulders, back, and arms.

Causes and Symptoms

Benign cysts are usually caused by blocked hair follicles or oil glands. They can become inflamed or infected, leading to redness, tenderness, and discharge of foul-smelling material. Lipomas are generally caused by an overgrowth of fat cells. They are usually asymptomatic but can sometimes cause discomfort if they press on nerves or grow in areas where they are subject to frequent friction or pressure.

When to Consider Surgery

While benign cysts and lipomas are not harmful, they may be removed for several reasons:

  • Cosmetic Concerns: Many patients choose to have these growths removed for aesthetic reasons, especially if they are in visible areas.
  • Discomfort or Pain: If a cyst or lipoma causes discomfort or pain, surgical removal can provide relief.
  • Infection or Inflammation: In cases where a cyst becomes infected or inflamed, removal can prevent further complications.
  • Functional Interference: Lipomas that interfere with movement or other bodily functions may need to be surgically removed.

The Surgical Procedure

Cyst Removal

Cyst removal is usually performed under local anesthesia. The procedure involves making a small incision over the cyst and carefully excising it along with its capsule to prevent recurrence. If the cyst is infected, it may be drained and treated with antibiotics before removal. The wound is then sutured closed, and a sterile dressing is applied.

Lipoma Removal

Lipoma removal is also typically done under local anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision over the lipoma and gently separates it from the surrounding tissues. The entire lipoma is then removed, and the incision is closed with sutures. In some cases, liposuction may be used to remove larger lipomas with minimal scarring.

Aftercare and Recovery

Post-surgery, patients will receive detailed aftercare instructions to promote healing and minimize scarring. This includes keeping the surgical site clean and dry, changing dressings as instructed, and avoiding strenuous activities that could stress the incision. Most patients experience minimal discomfort, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Stitches are typically removed within one to two weeks, depending on the location and size of the excision.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, although they are rare. These can include:

  • Infection: Proper wound care is essential to prevent infection.
  • Scarring: While surgeons strive to minimize scarring, some degree of scarring is inevitable.
  • Recurrence: If the cyst or lipoma is not completely removed, it can recur.
  • Bleeding or Hematoma: Some patients may experience minor bleeding or the formation of a hematoma, which is usually managed conservatively.

Insurance Coverage

The removal of benign cysts and lipomas is often considered a cosmetic procedure and may not be covered by insurance. However, if the growths cause pain, infection, or functional interference, insurance may cover the surgery as medically necessary. Patients should check with their insurance providers to understand their coverage specifics and any potential out-of-pocket costs. The team at True Dermatology can assist with insurance inquiries and provide necessary documentation to facilitate coverage.

Why Choose True Dermatology?

At True Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists and skilled surgical team are experienced in the precise removal of benign cysts and lipomas. We prioritize patient safety, comfort, and optimal cosmetic outcomes. Using advanced techniques and state-of-the-art equipment, we ensure minimal scarring and a smooth recovery process. Our personalized approach to each patient’s unique needs ensures the best possible results.

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