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Cyst Removal

What is a cyst?

You can think of it like a balloon sitting under your skin filled with dead skin cells.

Is a cyst dangerous?

Most cysts are not dangerous. They are benign. Many people find them annoying as they can press on a nerve and can be painful. Other times they can burst and become infected.

Are cysts easy to remove?

The area is numbed with a local anesthetic. Then the skin is cut open and the cyst is removed. Sutures are then placed to sew up the skin.

How long do the sutures stay in place?

The suture stay in the skin for anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks.

Can normal activities be resumed?

It depends on the size of the cyst. If the cyst is large it may be necessary to wait a few days before resuming vigorous activity.

Is this covered by insurance?

It depends on your particular insurance coverage. Often times this is covered by insurance.

How do I take care of the area after the surgery?

The surgical site is cleaned with rubbing alcohol and then a small amount of Aquaphor or a topical antibiotic is placed on the wound and it's covered with a Band-Aid. This is done until the sutures are removed.

Will there be a scar?

Every effort will be made to minimize scar formation. Unfortunately anytime you cut into the skin and you use sutures there will be a mark.

Is there anything I can do to minimize a scar?

It is important to wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen on the area when going out in the sun. There are also special scar bandages that can be worn. One of the best ones is called Mepiform.

Call to schedule an appointment with board certified NYC dermatologist for removal of your cyst.