Cysts and Lipomas

A cyst is a harmless, sac-like growth in the deeper layers of the skin while lipomas are a benign growth of adipose tissue, fat cells. Cyst sacs are filled with a soft, whitish material that sometimes escapes onto the skin’s surface. We do not know why cysts or lipomas appear, nor do we know why some persons get many of them.

Both growths can be a nuisance, but they generally do not become cancerous or malignant. Occasionally cysts can rupture and cause swelling in the skin. When this happens, antibiotics taken orally and minor surgery may be needed to relieve the pressure and discomfort.

TREATMENT: Cysts and lipomas ordinarily do not need treatment unless they bother you. If they hurt, drain, bleed, or are unsightly, patients often elect to have them removed.

We can treat cysts and lipomas in the office by making a surgical opening into the skin and removing the sac. A local anesthetic is used to numb the skin. Stitches are often used to close the skin opening and are usually removed 5-14 days later depending on the surgical location. Surgery usually cures cysts and lipomas, but sometimes they do grow back. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office.

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Gem State Dermatology
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Boise, ID 83706