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Skin Cysts

What are Skin Cysts?

Skin cysts are non-cancerous, sac-like lumps that develop under the skin, primarily composed of keratin, a protein naturally found in hair and nails. They can vary in size, texture, and location, appearing anywhere on the body. While generally harmless, they can become unsightly, bothersome, or infected, prompting medical attention.

How can you recognize a Cyst?


Early detection and proper diagnosis are crucial for effective cyst management. Here are some telltale signs of a skin cyst:

  • Visible Bumps or Lumps:
    • Cysts manifest as raised bumps on the skin.
    • Sizes may vary, and they are palpable to touch.
  • Localized Swelling:
    • Swelling around the cystic area may be noticeable.
    • This can lead to discomfort or tenderness.
  • Changes in Skin Color:
    • Alterations in skin color, such as redness or irritation, may occur.
  • Drainage or Discharge:
    • Some cysts may discharge fluid or pus, indicative of infection.

What May Cause a Cyst?

Several factors can contribute to cyst formation, including:

  • Clogged hair follicles: This is the most common cause, where dead skin cells and oils accumulate, blocking the follicle and forming a cyst.
  • Sebaceous gland overproduction: Overactive sebaceous glands, responsible for oil production, can lead to cyst development.
  • Ingrown hairs: Trapped hairs beneath the skin can trigger cyst formation.
  • Trauma or injury: Minor skin injuries can damage hair follicles or sebaceous glands, increasing the risk of cysts.
  • Genetic predisposition: Some individuals are genetically predisposed to developing cysts.
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Skin Cyst Symptoms

Timely identification of symptoms plays a vital role in initiating prompt diagnosis and treatment. Keep an eye out for the following:

  • Pain or Discomfort: Cysts can cause tenderness or pain, especially on touch.
  • Inflammation: Swelling and redness may accompany cysts, indicating inflammation.
  • Changes in Size: Cysts may fluctuate in size, becoming larger or smaller over time.
  • Infection Signs: Signs of infection, including warmth and pus discharge, may be present.

Cyst Diagnosis: Navigating the Evaluation Process

Cyst diagnosis involves a multi-faceted approach:

  • Clinical Assessment: Thorough examination of symptoms and medical history.
  • Imaging Studies: Utilizing ultrasounds, CT scans, or MRIs for a detailed view of the cyst.
  • Biopsy Procedures: Extracting tissue samples for laboratory analysis to confirm cyst nature.
  • Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA): Minimally invasive procedure to analyze cyst content.
  • Laboratory Tests: Blood tests or other evaluations to assess cyst-related markers.

This collaborative effort ensures a precise diagnosis, guiding subsequent treatment decisions.

Skin Cyst Treatments

Explore the extensive range of personalized skin cyst treatments designed to alleviate discomfort, prevent a recurrence, and improve overall skin health, leading you toward a smoother and more confident version of yourself. Discover the array of treatments available for skin cysts, each tailored to provide personalized solutions for optimal results. Whether seeking relief from discomfort, minimizing recurrence, or enhancing overall skin health, delve into the world of comprehensive skin cyst treatments:

  • Incision and Drainage:
    • Swift removal of cyst contents to alleviate discomfort.
    • Provides prompt relief from pain and reduces the risk of infection.
  • Cyst Excision:
    • Surgical removal for persistent or recurrent cysts.
    • Minimizes the chances of recurrence and ensures comprehensive resolution.
  • Corticosteroid Injections:
    • Injections to reduce inflammation and promote cyst shrinkage.
    • Targeted relief for cases where inflammation is a primary concern.
  • Laser Therapy:
    • Non-invasive laser treatments are available for certain types of cysts.
    • Utilizes focused light to address specific types of cysts without the need for incisions.

Our dermatological team carefully assesses each case, tailoring the treatment plan to the unique characteristics of the cyst and the individual’s skin. By offering a comprehensive range of treatments, we aim to provide not only effective solutions but also a personalized and comfortable experience for our valued clients.

Schedule A Consultation

If you suspect a skin cyst or experience any concerning symptoms or medical skin conditions, schedule a consultation with our board-certified dermatologists at Ayana Dermatology & Aesthetics. During your personalized consultation, we will:

  • Thoroughly examine your skin: We will carefully assess the cyst’s location, size, and characteristics.
  • Discuss your medical history: Understanding your health background helps us determine potential contributing factors.
  • Recommend the most suitable treatment: We will tailor a treatment plan based on your individual needs and preferences.
  • Address your concerns: We are committed to providing clear explanations and answering all your questions.

Customer Love: Our Reviews Speak for Themselves

Helen P.
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I had a great experience at Ayana Dermatology! Dr. Levi is a fantastic physician. She was very kind to me and thorough in her exam. You can clearly see she has a passion for her career and patients. Her clinic is beautiful and clean. Staff was kind and welcoming. I am happy to have found my dermatologist!
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My experience at Ayana has been nothing short of amazing! I came to Dr. Levi for hair loss, and she took the time to really listen to me and discussed all treatment options with me in detail. Not only do I feel cared for by everyone at the office, but I have also seen significant improvement in my hair growth using Dr. Levi's medical advice and treatment approach. Go to Ayana if you want results and the best care in South FL!
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Dr. Levi and staff were true professionals. Great results and competitive rates. What I thought would take months for my skin to heal was almost gone in only 1 week. Will definitely come back!
Amanda P.
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So blessed to have a AYANA DERMATOLOGY in Wilton Manors!! Good bye med spas - overpriced and lack quality control. Dr. Cherise Mizrahi-Levi Is generous with her knowledge and time. I love learning about how to care for my skin without the med spa gimmicks.
Bernard R.
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I am from Miami Beach and now live in Orlando. I am frequently in Fort Lauderdale because that is where my kids live. I have been to many dermatologists over the years. Dr. Levi is by far the best dermatologist I have ever seen. Her attention to detail is incredible. She is highly intelligent and is great at communicating what is going on. I can't put into words how great of a doctor she is. highly recommend her!
Theresa S.
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Amazing service from first call to end of appointments. Been here several times for different things and they are consistently professional and friendly!
Therese N.
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Dr. Levi and her staff were attentive and tried to help with my concerns. Will be seeing her again in about three weeks for a followup.
Kirsten b.
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Dr. Levi is amazing. She takes the time to understand your problem and then works with you to improve your condition. You don't feel rushed and you are definitely listened to. Her follow up is fantastic, taking time to call you personally with lab results.
Talia N.
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The best derm experience I’ve ever had, truly. I felt well taken care of by the entire team. Dr. Levi is warm, caring, and incredibly knowledgeable regarding all aspects of dermatology. She took her time to explain everything from A-Z so I didn’t leave with any worries or concerns. I highly recommend this practice! Experienced skin care professionals, Amazing results, Expert facials, Licensed skin care professionals, Professional products, Beautiful results.
Mirit g.
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Thank you for the knowledge, explanation and special treatment Dr. Cherise M. Levi you're the best! Beautiful place, so peaceful & great team! Definitely going to see you soon again 🙂
Elizabeth K.
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Wonderful, caring doctor. Takes her time with patients. Never rushes. Listens to patient & makes informed recommendations. Great support staff. Makes good recommendations for skin care products. Will continue to go to Ayana Dermatology for skin cancer checks.
Ivan D.
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Beautiful office great staff very professional the doctor comes with a magnificent history in the industry in NYC she makes you feel very comfortable and i have total confidence in her decisions and advice so glad i found her!

Frequently asked questions

No, skin cysts are not contagious and cannot spread from person to person.

Attempting to remove a cyst yourself is strongly discouraged. Improper removal can increase the risk of infection, scarring, and recurrence. Seek professional medical attention for safe and effective treatment.

While no guaranteed preventive measures exist, maintaining good skin hygiene and limiting shaving irritation can potentially reduce the risk.

Insurance coverage for cyst treatment depends on the specific diagnosis, treatment approach, and your insurance plan. Our team can assist you in verifying your coverage and understanding any associated costs.

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