What Are Cysts?
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 Marin dermatology practice, Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology, 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.
"Friendly, efficient and competent! I have been coming here for 3 years and have had serious dermatologic work and diagnostics and a cosmetic procedure . I have every confidence in the expertise of Dr.Evans and her staff."- C.M. / Google / Nov 11, 2020
"Friendly, efficient and competent! I have been coming here for 3 years and have had serious dermatologic work and a cosmetic procedure. I have every confidence in the expertise of Dr.Evans and her staff."- C.M. / Google / Nov 03, 2020
"I highly, highly recommend Dr. Evans as a doctor for skin cancer. She really knows her stuff and is trained in Mohs surgery (not many dermatologists are!). I really appreciate that she uses the latest technology to keep track of any spots on your skin and has a suspicious eye. I have had doctors in the past who did a quick skin check and literally missed the mark. I can’t really speak to the more cosmetic aspects of her practice, but I do not like how products are offered to me at the end of my appointment. Without being upfront about their cost or the fact that products are not returnable, Dr Evans’ assistant will present the products she recommends I purchase at the end of my appointment. (There is a small sign by the register about the return policy.) I know that these are vetted products and they must help her practice thrive, but I wish I could be offered either a drugstore alternative or a pharmacy prescription option. I’m sure the cost is not an issue for many of her patients, but it is for me and I am simply not able to do what she recommends as far as products are concerned. However, I find her to be so incredibly smart and trustworthy when it comes to skin cancer that I can simply overlook this part of the appointment."- E.R. / Yelp / Aug 18, 2020
"Today was my first time visiting Pacific Skin in Corte Madera. From the moment I arrived, it was an experience of friendliness and professionalism...both of the receptionists welcomed me so kindly, the medical assistant was very pleasant...and when Krystal Shin, my dermatologist came in, I felt I was in the BEST hands. She was so kind, informative, and professional. Even though I wasn’t feeling the best, they made me comfortable and confident that I would be just fine. I am so happy I found Pacific Skin. Thank you for a great experience!"- C.C. / Yelp / Jun 29, 2020
"An amazing staff working with a cutting edge doctor make up this team of talented artists. I feel lucky to be a client each time."- M.D. / Google / May 29, 2020
What Causes A Cyst?
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.
What Are the symptoms of a Cyst?
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.
Cyst Treatment Options
Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology 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.
Learn More About Cyst Removal
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 and Cosmetic Dermatology in Marin, 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.