Cyst Specialist

District Dermatology

Dermatologist & Mohs Surgeon located in McLean, VA

If you notice an unusual lump or bump under the surface of your skin, you might have a cyst, lipoma, or other soft tissue growth. Cyst treatment is an area of specialty at District Dermatology, where the team of board-certified dermatologists helps men, women, and children in McLean, Virginia eliminate cysts that are uncomfortable or aesthetically displeasing. If you’d like to learn more about cyst treatment options, schedule an appointment for a skin examination and to discuss the available treatment paths. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a convenient appointment time, or you can call the office to check for availability.

Cyst Q & A

What are cysts?

Cysts are closed, sac-like structures that are filled with air, fluid, accumulated dead cells or other substances. They can develop virtually anywhere on your body, and are often painless and benign.

There are hundreds of different types of cysts, most of which cannot be prevented. Some are internal, while others occur near the surface of your skin. Some cysts will eventually go away on their own, but many types require treatment to clear up.  

If you have a cyst that you can see or feel through your skin, there are several treatment options. A diagnostic skin examination can determine the type of cyst and which procedures are best to remove it.

What causes cysts?

Numerous things can cause cysts, and sometimes there are no clear indications of what caused a cyst to develop. Some known causes include:

  • Genetic conditions
  • Infections
  • Clogged hair follicles
  • Duct blockage

If you notice a lump or bump under the surface of your skin, it’s important to have a dermatologist examine it. What you think is a cyst could actually be a tumor or other troubling skin condition, and early treatment is essential to favorable outcomes.

What are some treatment options for cysts?

Your treatment path depends on the type and location of your cyst.

  • Surgery: Surgical removal of a cyst is the only way to permanently eliminate it and prevent it from growing back.

During your consultation, you’ll learn the pros and cons of each available option. It’s important to avoid squeezing or trying to excise a cyst on your own, as you can cause an infection or scarring.

If I have surgery, will I have a scar?

Any type of surgical procedure, no matter how minor, will lead to a scar. However, the experience and training of the physician who performs your cyst removal surgery will shape your outcome.

District Dermatology’s Dr. Al Damavandy is fellowship trained in reconstructive surgery and has the knowledge and expertise to remove your cyst and close the incision without creating excess scar tissue. Most small cysts can be removed leaving only a small, flat scar line.

If a cyst is bothering you, book an appointment for a diagnostic exam and a customized treatment plan.