Cyst Removal at Alta Health Group in Naples, FL
Cyst removal is professionally performed at Alta Health Group in Naples, FL. This procedure is designed to address an accumulation of dead skin cells that have become trapped in a “sack” that formed within an area of healthy skin. As the body naturally sloughs off dead skin cells, some can get stuck in a cyst sack, which may feel like a bump or knot under the skin. Usually, a cyst sack begins as an ingrown hair or buildup of oil in a pore, which can allow the skin to turn in on itself. Over time, a cyst will continue to grow larger as more skin cells build up.
Cyst removal is important because a cyst will not go away on its own. Left untreated, it will continue to grow larger until it eventually ruptures. Ruptured cysts can result in significant pain and inflammation as the body slowly breaks down and carries away dead cells that don’t belong under the skin. An empty cyst sack will then heal and begin to refill. This cycle — which can be avoided with professional cyst removal — is not only painful, but it also can create permanent scarring. Ideally, cyst removal should be performed before a cyst ruptures.
Chronically ruptured cysts can be complicated and difficult to treat because the affected area can gradually transform into a mixture of scar tissue and a number of small cysts that have broken away and continued to grow. At that point, surgical cyst removal may be recommended. On the other hand, prior to rupture, complete cyst removal is generally a relatively easy process, which can allow the wound to heal quickly and avoid the problems associated with chronically ruptured cysts.
At Alta Health Group in Naples, Florida, we perform cyst removal to address several types of cysts, including:
- Pilar cysts — These common cysts are filled with keratin, a protein found in the hair and nails. Usually, pilar cysts form in hair follicles on the scalp and can cause hair knotting and, if left untreated, hair loss.
- Sebaceous cysts — These small, noncancerous bumps can form under the skin as a result of trauma or a blocked gland, and are most often found on the face, neck, and trunk.
- Digital mucous cysts — Caused by a buildup of joint fluid, digital mucous cysts form small bubbles on the joints of fingers and toes. Usually, they appear on the joint closest to a nail as a clear, hard bubble (similar to a blister).
Because the treatment options for an infected cyst may be limited to draining and antibiotics, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as you notice a cyst. Prompt cyst removal can reduce the likelihood of both pain and recurrence. If you’re not sure if you have a cyst, come to Alta Health Group in Naples, FL, and allow us to make a proper diagnosis and perform cyst removal, if appropriate.
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