Cyst and Lipoma Removal
Lumps and bumps on the head and neck are very common. Dr. Matthew Richardson and Dr. Jordan Cain specialize at removing cysts, lipomas, keloids, scars, moles, and skin lesions on the face, neck, ears, nose, and scalp. Cysts and lipomas are especially common on the face, neck, and scalp.
A skin cyst is a lesion that is derived from skin cells and is often filled with fluid or debris. Many skin cysts, also known as epidermal inclusion cysts, sebaceous cysts, or epidermoid cysts, may enlarge over time. Skin cysts also typically have a punctum, which is an opening in the skin that forms a connection to the cyst cavity. These cysts may drain fluid via the punctum, and they can even become infected if left untreated. In these cases, cyst abscess formation is possible, which may require incision and drainage in addition to antibiotics. The definitive treatment for a skin cyst is surgical removal. “Popping” or draining a cyst at home is never recommended as this could cause an infection and will not cure the cyst. If the cyst is not completely surgically removed, it will recur.
A lipoma is different from a cyst in that a lipoma is a collection of adipose tissue (fat cells) that occurs under the skin. Although there is some controversy as to whether a lipoma can turn into a cancerous growth called a liposarcoma, lipomas by definition are benign, non-cancerous growths. There is usually not a connection from the lipoma to any opening in the skin, which is different from most skin cysts. A lipoma tends to enlarge over time, and some patients are prone to developing many lipomas all over the body. The diagnosis of a lipoma can usually be made on physical exam, but may require an imaging study like an ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI scan. While liposuction or injections are an option to reduce the size of a lipoma, lipomas tend to recur if not completely removed surgically. A small incision can be made over the lipoma and used to excise the lipoma. In some cases, lipomas come out very easily during surgery, while others might be deeply adherent to the underlying tissues. Regardless, an enlarging lipoma should usually be surgically removed for both therapeutic and diagnostic purposes.
When a skin cyst or lipoma is located on the face, neck, or scalp, surgical excision can lead to an unsightly scar if not performed well. Fortunately, Dr. Richardson and Dr. Cain are highly-qualified Facial Plastic Surgeons who specialize in facial aesthetic procedures and can remove face and neck cysts or lipomas with the smallest and most cosmetically-pleasing scar possible. Most health insurance plans provide benefits for removal of lesions such as a skin cyst or lipoma, and our office can help with this process.
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