Cysts are very common, and in the majority of cases, noncancerous. Cysts can show up anywhere on the human body in all sizes and shapes, though most people first notice a pea-sized growth beneath the skin. They appear when a sac forms around excess fluid, dead skin cells, or other tissue and this tissue continues to collect. Although most cysts don't cause pain or harm, some could grow large enough to become uncomfortable or worrisome. Cysts that are bigger in size are generally removed and sent for evaluation to make sure they're actually benign. Our Corte Madera, CA dermatology practice, Pacific Skin, treats various kinds of cysts with the expertise of board-certified dermatologist Tracy Evans and her experienced team. At your consultation, we can give you a proper diagnosis and treatment strategy according to your medical requirements and history.
"I went in to have a basal spot on my back removed. I’ve been a patient of Dr. Evans for years. She’s the best. I’ve never had a bad experience with her or anyone that works for her. She’s an excellent doctor and I trust her judgment/diagnoses completely. I particularly appreciated the way the procedure was handled. Everything is thoroughly explained and as they’re ‘working’ they tell you exactly what they’re about to do so there are no surprises. I highly recommend Dr. Evans (and in fact have recommended her to many of my friends). Having basal cells removed (I think the procedure is called Mose) is not a pleasant experience but Dr. Evans and her staff make it as pleasant and painless as possible"- A.D. / Google / May 30, 2019
"Dr Evan's has been treating my various dermatological issues for several years. Every visit is met with professionalism and complete confidence with what I present. When I needed further diagnosis she was quick to refer me to a specialist. Dr Evans has made herself available on a few occasions after hours to discuss my emergent needs."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 28, 2019
"DR Evans is thorough, very well educated and has an excellent staff in her well appointed office."- V.K. / Facebook / May 09, 2019
"I LOOOVE Dr. Evans and her whole team! Incredible customer service and great results for cool sculpting on my husband and fraxel on me! My skin is completely transformed and my husband was able to eliminate some fat pockets that no amount of exercise could touch! This is a top notch medical team with fabulous cosmetic services as well as the highest quality dermatology! I want to particularly thank Shantelle for being such a rock star! I'll be coming back for more and referring all my friends!"- E.M. / Yelp / Apr 30, 2019
"I love the quiet, spa-like atmosphere of Dr Evans' Corte Madera office. She and her staff offer a diverse array of treatments as well as complete dermatological care. Recently, I tried cool sculpting with Shantelle and was so pleased with the results. Shantelle is a skilled practitioner and very reassuring. I can't say enough good things about this office."- M.K. / Yelp / Apr 09, 2019
There are several things that may cause a cyst. Severe infection, blockage in ducts or sebaceous glands, chronic inflammation, and heredity can all result in the formation of a cyst. Cysts may also grow near a foreign body or piercing over the outer skin, like earrings, or because of a clogged oil gland in the skin. However, the majority of cysts are caused by clogs in your body's many drainage systems. Even though the vast majority of cysts are benign, some could be cancerous so it is important to have them checked by a dermatologist.
Standard symptoms related to cysts can differ based on their type, dimension, and location. Generally, cysts are detected through an abnormal bulge underneath the skin. Some cysts could be uncomfortable, particularly if they are in an area with chafing or if they rupture. However, most are observable without causing pain. Another symptom related to cysts is the hardening of the skin close to the growth. If cysts are on the face or another area visible to others, they can cause self-consciousness and social anxiety.
Pacific Skin Corte Madera can help you if you have developed a cyst or have multiple existing cysts. The standard treatment for a cyst is to drain the growth or surgically remove it. Cysts that are swollen or inflamed frequently respond well to a cortisone injection, which can make it shrink. Fortunately, most kinds of cysts are very easily treatable once a diagnosis is established.
Treatment for cysts
Cysts are often a cause for undue stress and self-consciousness, though they can sometimes, rarely, be cancerous. If you are concerned about a growth or feel embarrassed about its appearance, it is a good idea to see a dermatologist. At Pacific Skin in Corte Madera, CA, Dr. Evans and her staff of dermatology professionals have helped hundreds of patients deal with their cysts. We would love to help you get rid of your cyst and ease your mind.