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Epidermal Cyst Removal: Expert Care for Your Skin

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics in Newport Beach, our board-certified dermatologists specialize in the safe and effective removal of epidermal cysts. If you have a bothersome or unsightly cyst, our skilled team uses advanced techniques to remove these growths with minimal scarring and downtime, helping you achieve clearer, smoother skin.

What Are Epidermal Cysts?

Epidermal cysts, also known as sebaceous cysts or epidermoid cysts, are non-cancerous, slow-growing bumps beneath the skin. These cysts develop when keratin, a protein found in skin cells, becomes trapped beneath the skin's surface. Epidermal cysts can occur anywhere on the body but are most common on the face, neck, chest, and back.

While epidermal cysts are generally harmless, they can become inflamed, infected, or cosmetically bothersome. If you have a cyst that is painful, growing rapidly, or affecting your self-confidence, it may be time to consider professional removal.

Symptoms of Epidermal Cysts

Epidermal cysts typically appear as small, round, or dome-shaped bumps beneath the skin. Other common symptoms include:

  • Smooth, firm, or rubbery texture
  • Slow growth over time
  • Whitish, yellow, or skin-colored appearance
  • Small, dark opening (punctum) at the center
  • Tenderness or redness, if inflamed or infected

If you notice any of these symptoms or have concerns about a skin growth, it's essential to have it evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist to determine the best course of action.

Epidermal Cyst Removal Techniques

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics, we use a range of advanced techniques to remove epidermal cysts, depending on the size, location, and depth of the growth. These techniques include:

Surgical Excision

Surgical excision is the most common and effective method for removing epidermal cysts. This technique involves numbing the area with local anesthesia and carefully cutting out the entire cyst, including the cyst wall and contents. The wound is then closed with stitches, leaving a thin, linear scar that fades over time.

Minimal Excision

For smaller cysts or those located in cosmetically sensitive areas, we may use a minimal excision technique. This involves making a small incision and carefully extracting the cyst contents, leaving the cyst wall intact. While this technique may have a lower risk of scarring, it also has a higher risk of cyst recurrence.

Our experienced dermatologists will assess your epidermal cyst and recommend the most appropriate removal technique based on your individual needs and goals.

What to Expect During and After Your Procedure

Epidermal cyst removal is typically a quick, in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia. Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure and can return to their normal activities within a day or two.

After your procedure, our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and minimize scarring. This may include keeping the area clean and dry, applying ointment, and avoiding strenuous activities. We will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns you may have.

Why Choose Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics for Epidermal Cyst Removal?

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics, our board-certified dermatologists have extensive experience in removing epidermal cysts using the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques. We prioritize your safety, comfort, and satisfaction throughout your treatment journey.

Our state-of-the-art facility in Newport Beach offers a welcoming, compassionate environment where you can feel confident in the care you receive. We understand that every patient's skin is unique, which is why we take a personalized approach to epidermal cyst removal, tailoring our techniques to your individual needs and goals.

Schedule Your Epidermal Cyst Removal Consultation Today

If you have a bothersome or unsightly epidermal cyst, don't wait to have it evaluated and removed. Schedule your consultation with our expert dermatologists at Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics in Newport Beach today.

Contact us to book your appointment and take the first step towards clearer, smoother, and healthier-looking skin. We look forward to helping you achieve your skin care goals with our personalized, compassionate care.