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Cyst & Lipoma Removal
Patients frequently present to their dermatologist with cysts. Cysts are benign skin growths that that can appear anywhere on the body. Many cysts are small pea-sized nodules; they can be markedly larger in size. Dr. Khanna sometimes removes cysts that are larger than a lemon or even a grapefruit! These cysts are often fluid-filled, and form from clogged oil glands, or will form around foreign objects, such as earrings. Some people have a genetic tendency to form cysts, and this is especially true of scalp cysts.
While most cysts are painless, they typically do not go away without the proper treatment/removal. When cysts become painful rapidly, it usually is a sign of infection. Infection becomes an urgent issue and prompts a need to quickly drain the pus within the cyst. Be sure to contact your dermatology specialist for more information on how they can help evaluate or to remove your cyst.
Lipomas are lumps of fatty tissue that develop slowly under your skin. Lipomas develop at any age; they can form on any part of the body. They normally show up on the neck, back, shoulders, arms, thighs, or abdomen. They are classified as tumors of fatty tissue, which means they are not cancerous, and rarely harmful – although sometimes, they can become sore, tender, painful, or achy.
The cause of lipomas is unknown and your risk of developing them will increase if you have any family history of lipomas.
Traits of benign lipomas include:
Small and under the skin
Pale or colorless on the area they are forming
Soft to the touch and able to move easily with your finger
Liposarcomas are rare malignant forms of lipomas. They need to be treated as soon as possible. Liposarcomas are painful and they grow quickly under the skin.
Your dermatology specialist at DSI, will evaluate your growth and determine with you if there is a medical (or cosmetic) need to remove the lipoma. If it does need to be removed, it will most often be done in the office under local anesthesia. This minimizes risk to the patient and keeps cost down. Dr. Khanna will send tissue to the lab for pathologic analysis.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Vic Khanna today.
Call Dermatology Specialists of Illinois at (844) 307-7546 to schedule a consultation.