Skin Cyst Removal in Birmingham, AL
A skin cyst is a small, hard lump just under the skin. The condition is typically harmless, but may lead to complications. Dermatologists of Birmingham offers skin cyst removal treatments for children and adults who live in Birmingham, Alabaster and surrounding areas in Alabama.
What is a Skin Cyst?
A skin cyst is a hard, painless lump that develops under the skin. Cysts develop when specific types of cells penetrate other tissues. In the case of a skin cyst, the cells of the epidermal (outer skin) go deeper into the skin and begin to multiply. The cells may be mixed with a thick substance comprised of natural oils, pus and blood.
A skin cyst may disappear on its own, but you may choose treatment if the cyst presents an aesthetic concern or if the cyst is in a bothersome location, such as the bikini area.
Benefits of Skin Cyst Removal
Although cysts are harmless, you can worsen the condition if you try to address the lump on your own. If an infection is present, squeezing or cutting the cyst may drive the infection deeper into the surrounding tissues. Skin cyst removal by a qualified dermatologist safely and effectively removes the cyst.
How Do I Know If I Have a Skin Cyst?
If you find an abnormal lump on your face or body, we recommend that you be evaluated by one of our dermatologists. The nature of other skin conditions can mimic a cyst, so an accurate diagnosis is paramount to your health.
A skin cyst appears as a hard, painless lump that does not affect the outer skin. You may be able to feel the entire lump with your fingers, but you should be careful not to squeeze the lump. Skin cysts may produce a waxy discharge that should be carefully removed with a clean cotton swab. The discharge may have a strong odor.
What to Expect from Skin Cyst Removal
You can take steps to keep the cyst from growing larger. Gently apply a warm, moist cloth to the lump. This may reduce the size of the cyst, but it will likely return.
Your dermatologist may use one or more methods to treat the cyst, such as:
- Injectable medications that reduce swelling
- Laser treatments
- Draining the cyst
- Outpatient surgery to remove the entire cyst
How Much Does Skin Cyst Removal Cost in Birmingham?
Skin cyst removal may not be covered by your medical insurance, so we offer several options for payment. After your consultation, we provide an estimate so that you can budget accordingly. We accept cash, checks ad major credit cards. Financing is also available.
Finding a hard lump under your skin is concerning, but it may only be a skin cyst. Meet with one of our qualified dermatologists to receive an accurate diagnosis and learn about your treatment options, such as skin cyst removal. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.
*Individual results may vary. The content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a qualified physician.