Cyst Removal

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Cyst Removal

Skin lumps caused by cysts and lipomas can ruin the appearance of your skin and wreck your confidence, but getting treatment at Eternal Dermatology can help. Cyst removal or lipoma removal is performed by a quick, in-office excision procedure.

What are cysts?

Cysts are closed, thin-walled sacs filled with fluid or semi-fluid material located within the body. There are three main types of benign (non-cancerous) cysts:

Epidermal cysts

Epidermal cysts skin colored bumps on the face, neck, back, or anywhere on the body. They are freely movable and contain a cheese-like substance made from broken down keratin.

Pilar cysts (wens)

Pilar cysts appear most often on the scalp and sometimes show up in groups. They appear similar to epidermal cysts but are more firm in texture.


Milia are small, firm, whitish bumps on the face and around the eyes. Although they don’t typically require treatment,  adults may want milia removed for cosmetic reasons.

What are lipomas?

Lipomas are common fatty lumps under the skin. They can appear anywhere on the body and feel soft and doughy to the touch. Lipomas are most often found in men and women from the ages of 40-60, but can be seen in any age group.

Generally, they cause no symptoms. However, if lipomas grow large enough, they may cause pain by pressing on surrounding nerves or blood vessels. They can also be cosmetically disfiguring.

How do cysts and lipomas form?

Cysts and lipomas have many different causes, including:

  • Clogged hair follicles
  • Penetrating injuries
  • Skin conditions, such as acne and folliculitis
  • Genetic factors

At Eternal Dermatology, we will determine the type of lump you have — whether a cyst or lipoma — and provide treatment options.

How are cysts and lipomas diagnosed?

Determining the cause of your lump begins with a physical exam. We will presses on the lump to feel its texture and size, and checks whether it can be moved underneath your skin or not.

How are cysts and lipomas treated?

Many small cysts and lipomas do not require treatment. However, they can be removed if they are large, infected, painful, or for cosmetic reasons. Both cyst removal and lipoma removal uses a local anesthetic and a small scalpel to surgically remove the lesions from your skin. This in-office procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.

Suspicious lumps may be cysts, lipomas or other benign growths. However, they could be something more serious — like skin cancer.


At Eternal Dermatology, Dr. Rodney is a board-certified dermatologist, with expertise in the removal of benign growths like moles, cysts, lipomas, skin tags and age spots. She also specializes in the diagnosis and removal of skin cancers.

Call or click to schedule an appointment online today for evaluation and treatment at Eternal Dermatology. We are located in Fulton MD, and service Columbia MD, Ellicott City MD, Laurel MD and surrounding areas in Howard County MD, PG County MD, and Montgomery County MD.



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