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Cyst & Lipoma Removal

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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.

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With over 20 years of experience in dermatology, Dr. Vikram "Vic" Khanna began his education and training at Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University. He was the chief resident at the dermatology department at Case Western Reserve University and continues to update and refine his extensive skills with daily advances in the industry.

As a board-certified dermatologist, he continues to dedicate his time to serving his patients of all ages and provides general, cosmetic, and medical solutions for the skin, hair, nails, and body. He was also recently certified for Mohs Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery by the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Lauren Boshnick is committed to providing her patients the highest-quality medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic care. She is passionate about cosmetic dermatology and is also interested in diagnosing and treating skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis.

She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean. She pursued specialized training in dermatology at top medical centers worldwide, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Mt. Sinai, and Oxford before completing her residency at Florida State University, where she served as chief resident.

After training, Dr. Boshnick worked in a private practice in Florida, performing complex skin cancer surgeries and providing cosmetic dermatology services. She is a member of the AAD.

A board certified dermatologist and micrographic dermatologic surgeon, Dr. David Othman has over 10 years of experience in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology.

With a B.S. in Microbiology and an M.H.S.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.D. from Northeast Ohio Medical University, Dr. Othman completed his training at Indiana University. He is currently Program Director of the Cook County Hospital residency program, Assistant Professor at Rush University, Clinical Assistant Professor at Rosalind Franklin, and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Midwestern University. Having published numerous articles and presented at national conferences, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.