Epidermoid cysts grow slowly and don’t always cause problems. However, they may affect your look or develop in a spot that leads to discomfort. At Northstar Dermatology in North Richland Hills, the board-certified dermatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating epidermoid cysts. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or use online booking today.
Epidermoid cysts, also called epidermal cysts or epidermal inclusion cysts, are benign growths that develop under your skin. Epidermoid cysts appear as firm bumps or nodules. They can develop anywhere on your body but tend to favor the face, neck, and back.
These cysts develop when surface skin cells move into the deeper layers of your skin and multiply, creating the walls of the cyst. The surface cells then produce keratin, a soft yellow substance that fills the cyst, creating the lump or nodule.
Anyone can get an epidermoid cyst. However, you are more likely to develop the skin abnormality after an injury or when you’re past puberty. Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent an epidermoid cyst from forming.
Treatment for your epidermoid cyst depends on the size, location, and symptoms. The dermatologists at Northstar Dermatology develop personalized treatment plans that best suit your needs. As noted, you may only require monitoring of your cyst.
If removal of the epidermoid cyst is recommended, the dermatologists perform an in-office surgical excision under local anesthesia. During the procedure, your dermatologist drains your cyst and then removes the entire sac to prevent the cyst from coming back.
Though epidermoid cysts are benign, Northstar Dermatology sends a sample of your tissue to the pathology lab for a definitive diagnosis.
For management of your epidermoid cyst from experienced dermatologists, call Northstar Dermatology or schedule an appointment online today.