Cysts are more common than you think and can occur nearly anywhere on the body. Some may disappear on their own, but most require surgical treatment.
Whether you have a cyst causing you discomfort or pain, or it’s a merely cosmetic issue, Pinkas E. Lebovits, MD, PC, and his NYC dermatologist team can help.
Most cysts are harmless, but some can be malignant, so a professional diagnosis by an experienced dermatologist is paramount.
Read on to learn more about cyst removal, including the treatment costs and best practices.
What is a cyst?
A cyst is a sac underneath the skin that fills with air or fluid containing dead skin cells, keratin debris, tissue, blood, proteins, fats, or hair. It is a round, hardened lump that can form in soft tissues, organs, and even bones.
Clogged pores, ingrown hairs, and acne can cause cysts because they can trap keratin and dead skin cells under the skin, where they multiply and form a sac. However, some (pilar cysts) are also hereditary.
Types of cysts
The most prevalent types of cysts include:
- Sebaceous cysts – thick, yellowish bumps containing proteins and fats and occurring anywhere except the palms and soles;
- Ingrown hair cysts – red, yellow, or white pimple-like bumps forming after a downward-growing hair traps under the skin;
- Epidermoid cysts – white or yellow lumps containing dead skin cells and keratin debris, typically occurring on the face, neck, trunk, or genitals;
- Pilar cysts – skin-colored wens (trichilemmal cysts) growing from hair follicles and containing keratin debris, typically forming on the scalp but can occur on the face, neck, and limbs (most prevalent in middle-aged women).
Sebaceous cyst removal
Sebaceous cyst removal may include fine-needle aspiration to drain the cyst, punch excision, or conventional excision, depending on the cyst’s location and size. The treatment is painless because of local anesthesia and usually doesn’t last longer than 20–30 minutes.
It is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure with fast healing after excision (2–4 weeks).
Sebaceous cyst removal cost
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when determining the sebaceous cyst removal cost. Besides forming in various body areas, sometimes pressing against nerves, cysts vary in size and require different treatments.
Your cyst removal NYC treatment price depends on the cyst’s type, size, location, removal technique, anesthetic, and the dermatologist’s expertise and experience, among other factors. Your dermatologist can determine it after a thorough examination.
Ingrown hair cyst removal
We recommend ingrown hair cyst removal only if the cyst is causing you pain or has developed an infection. These cysts often pop and drain on their own, and surgical treatment may leave a scar.
The treatment typically involves making a tiny incision to drain the cyst and remove the hair strand growing downward. Your dermatologist will use local anesthesia and may prescribe an oral antibiotic to reduce inflammation and accelerate healing and recovery.
Ingrown hair cyst removal at home
Popping your ingrown hair cyst may be tempting, but we strongly advise against it because you might increase the risk of infection and scarring.
Instead of taking the DIY road, schedule an examination to get professional advice and proper treatment. Your dermatologist might discover a cause that has nothing to do with ingrown hair – another reason to avoid cyst removal at home.
Epidermoid cyst removal
Epidermoid cyst treatment options may include antibiotics or steroid injections to reduce the swelling and inflammation. Another option is drainage involving a small incision to squeeze out the contents. However, the cyst may disappear only temporarily.
Outpatient surgery might be the best treatment because it removes the cyst entirely and prevents its recurrence.
Epidermoid cyst removal at home
Removing an epidermoid cyst at home may cause more harm than good. You may not drain the contents entirely, causing the cyst to regrow, not to mention you could risk infection.
Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and high-quality treatment.
Epidermoid cyst removal cost
It’s impossible to provide a price estimate for removing an epidermoid cyst without a thorough examination.
The treatment cost primarily depends on your unique case’s complexity, including the cyst’s type, size, and location. Your dermatologist’s expertise and the removal technique also affect the price.
Cyst on face removal
Removing a facial cyst is no different from other cyst removal procedures. It involves making a tiny incision to drain the contents and prevent complications like infection or further growth.
The treatment is painless, save for a shot of local anesthesia to numb the treated area, which will heal within 2–4 weeks.
Pilar cyst removal
Since pilar cysts typically form on the scalp, they can become painful due to frequent hair brushing. However, removal isn’t necessary unless the cyst is causing you discomfort or pain or you wish to remove it for cosmetic reasons.
The treatment involves a small cut under local anesthesia to drain the fluid before surgically removing the cyst to prevent its recurrence.
Pilar cyst removal at home
As with any other cyst, we strongly advise against a DIY pilar cyst removal at home. You don’t want to worsen the problem and risk infection and scarring.
A professional treatment eliminates risks and ensures your cyst won’t grow back. An expert dermatologist can examine the cyst and devise the best plan to remove it safely and effectively.
Cyst removal cost
The cyst removal cost depends on many factors, including the cyst’s size, type, location, and removal method. Every case is unique, and no dermatologist can estimate the price without an examination.
However, you may not have to worry about the cost because your insurance may cover cyst removal. We accept most insurance plans at Park Plaza Dermatology, but some treatments may require approval from your insurance carrier (depending on your plan).
Schedule an appointment with a seasoned dermatologist in New York to discuss your treatment options and get an accurate cyst removal NYC cost estimate.
Cyst removal near me
Here at Park Plaza Dermatology, we perform Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology to treat skin, hair, and nail conditions, including cysts. We can help you take a step toward better health and flawless skin.
Our main office is in New York City’s Midtown Manhattan at 200 West 58th Street, Suite 1C, New York, NY, 10019, and we have six more offices across NYC, including Washington Heights, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Harlem. Visit your preferred location to schedule an appointment or call us at 212-757-7010 if you have any questions about our services or request an appointment online with our dermatologist.
Cyst removal Manhattan
Our cyst removal Manhattan, New York, office is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Book an appointment to examine your case and get proper treatment.
Cyst removal Washington Heights
We have two cyst removal Washington Heights NYC offices. The one at 286 Fort Washington Avenue is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The 601 West 182nd Street office has the same business hours and works on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM.
Book an appointment at your preferred location.
Cyst removal Bronx
Park Plaza Dermatology has two cyst removal Bronx NYC offices, each open Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Book an appointment at your desired location.
Cyst removal Brooklyn
Our cyst removal Brooklyn, New York, office is open every other Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Contact us anytime to book an appointment.
Cyst removal Harlem
Our NYC cyst removal Harlem office is also open Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Book an appointment to discuss your treatment.
Cyst removal FAQ
How to remove a cyst?
Cyst removal involves making a small incision over the cyst to drain the fluids and remove the sac. The latest techniques include using a laser to make a tiny hole for seamless removal, minimal scarring, and shorter recovery.
Either way, local anesthesia makes the treatment painless. It is an outpatient procedure that typically takes about 30 minutes.
How do people get cysts?
People get cysts due to skin trauma, including clogged pores, acne, and ingrown hairs trapping dead skin cells and keratin under the skin. They pile up with no means to escape, causing inflammation and swelling. Some sacs like pilar cysts are hereditary and primarily occur in middle-aged women.
What is inside a cyst?
A cyst can contain air or fluid with dead skin cells, tissue, fats, proteins, accumulated keratin, or hair. When bacteria or fungi cause an infection, a cyst starts filling with pus and becomes an abscess, leading to irritation, pain, and swelling.
How to remove a cyst at home?
You should never remove a cyst at home because you might worsen the problem. DIY cyst removal is potentially dangerous because of a high risk of infection. You could also cause a visible scar, and your cyst might grow back. A professional treatment is the best, safest, and most effective solution.
How to remove an ingrown hair cyst?
We don’t recommend removing an ingrown hair cyst at home, no matter how tempting it may be to pop it. You don’t want to risk scarring or bacteria causing an infection. A dermatologist can examine your cyst to determine if the culprit is ingrown hair or something else.
Can cysts be cancerous?
Most cysts are harmless, so don’t start panicking if you notice a change in your skin. However, some sebaceous cysts can become malignant. Those cases are rare, but that risk is the most significant reason scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist is imperative. Preventive care is the best step toward better health.
Will hair grow back after pilar cyst removal?
After surgical pilar cyst removal, your hair may not grow back over the scar area. That’s the case with any other scar because scar tissue doesn’t contain hair follicles. Fortunately, different hairstyles can hide the bald patch.
Can I stick a needle in a sebaceous cyst?
We strongly advise against it because you may cause further inflammation, swelling, pain, and infection. An appointment with an experienced dermatologist is an infinitely safer option. They may use fine-needle aspiration to drain the cyst or surgically remove it to prevent a recurrence. Either way, it is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure.
Schedule your cyst removal NYC treatment today!
Cyst removal is preventive care because an untreated cyst can cause infection and become an abscess. We provide convenient scheduling times during the week and on weekends. Whether your cyst is painful or only a cosmetic nuisance, having a professional remove it will help keep your health in top condition.
Park Plaza Dermatology performs Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology. All patients are welcome. We accept most insurance plans. We have six offices across NYC, Manhattan, Bronx, and Brooklyn.
Our main office is in New York City’s Midtown Manhattan: 200 West 58th Street, Suite 1C, New York, NY 10019. We are open from 9 AM-6 PM on Weekdays and 9 AM-2:30 PM on Saturdays. Our Dermatologists and staff have years of experience and are fluent in many languages, including English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, and more.
Park Plaza Dermatology is your go-to partner for safe cyst removal NYC treatments. Contact us (212-757-7010) or schedule an appointment online with Pinkas E. Lebovits, MD, PC, and eliminate all your skin woes.