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What is a Cyst?

A cyst is just a sac that forms somewhere in your body. It doesn’t just happen on the skin; it could occur in the bones, organs, or tissues. The cysts that form under your skin are sacs that are possibly filled with bacteria, pus, keratin, or just dead skin cells. They can occur in any part of the body and have varying sizes. As more and more skin cells and debris gets trapped in them, they grow in size. 
Do you have a small bump under your skin? Does it feel like a round ball? It could be benign, or it could sting when touched. What you probably have is a skin cyst. Skin cysts are primarily harmless, but sometimes they do cause pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. Dr. Tutino is highly trained in all types of skin cyst removal surgeries. Call for your initial consultation today!

Identifying a Skin cyst

A skin cyst usually feels like a ball or a knot under your skin. It could start as an acne pore or ingrown hair. This acne pore or ingrown hair eventually gets infected and ultimately creates a cyst. The more dead skin cells trapped in a skin cyst, the more it could smell.

What Causes Skin Cysts?

A cyst is a pocket filled with different materials. Think of it as the skin turning in on itself. Because the cyst is completely plugged, the dead skin cells can’t get out, and they keep accumulating in the cyst. The cyst keeps growing in size. 

Types of Cysts

Various types of cysts can occur in your body. The most occurring ones are Pilar Cysts, Mucous Cysts, and Sebaceous Cysts. All the types of cysts have different causes, symptoms, and characteristics. They may appear on the same part of the body or a different one. There’s no way to tell which one has developed, and you need to go to a doctor to identify the type of cyst and find out how you can get it removed. Dr. Tutino has been performing cyst removal operations for a long time and has treated them successfully. His experience in microsurgery helps him give the patients the expected results they want. 
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Medical procedures for cyst removal

Identifying a skin cyst is quite tricky; it could also be a boil, skin abscess, or something else. The removal procedure changes according to the type of cyst that you might have. In the initial consultation, Dr. Tutino will thoroughly examine your cyst, the area where it has developed and then develop a treatment plan for you. The treatment plan also depends on the patient, their medical history, and the location of the cyst.

The following procedures are commonly used for cyst removal:


Dr. Tutino will make a small incision and then drain the cyst. This procedure is done under local anesthesia. You won’t feel a thing after the slight pinch of the injection. Once the cyst is drained correctly, Dr. Tutino will administer gauze to the wound. He will, typically, remove the gauze in a day or two, depending on your condition. He could also ask you to keep it longer and might prescribe some antibiotics to prevent any infections in the wound. Dr. Tutino does not recommend this procedure for pilar cysts or epidermoids, the reason being, the content of the cyst would be drained, but the actual cyst, the pocket, might remain in the skin, which could lead to recurrence. 

Fine-needle aspiration

Fine-needle aspiration is used chiefly for breast cysts or for biopsy procedures to determine if the cyst is cancerous or not. Dr. Tutino will insert a needle into the cyst and drain the content of the cyst. This drainage makes the cyst less noticeable. 


Surgery is a permanent option for cysts and ensures that they don’t grow back. It could be used for dermoid cysts, baker’s cysts, and ganglions, among others. Surgery is performed after administering local anesthesia so that the target area becomes numb. Dr. Tutino then makes a tiny incision and pulls out the cyst after draining the content. Surgical removal of cysts leaves a scar, albeit a tiny one; ganglions can recur even after surgery.

How To Take Care After A Skin Cyst Removal Surgery?

Dr. Tutino does not believe in cookie-cutter surgeries. He has been with you from the initial consultation to the last follow-up. After the surgery, he will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. He may ask you to keep the incision wound covered. If there is any drainage after the procedure, he will ask you to come for a follow-up and change the bandages. If he has placed gauze on the wound, he might ask you to go and have it removed, or he could tell you how to remove it yourself. If there is any chance of infection, he will prescribe antibiotics. He will also instruct you to finish the course even if the wound looks wholly healed. 

What Not To Do?

A lot of people try removing the cyst on their own. Dr. Tutino strongly suggests against that. There are too many risks involved. For example, if it is not a cyst, you could make matters worse for yourself. If you try to burst or pop the cyst with a sharp object, it could lead to an infection and permanent scarring. If the cyst is not removed permanently, it is likely to grow back again and become infected. 
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FAQ - skin cyst removal questions

How long does it take to recover from a cyst removal?

Depending on the type of cyst and the location, the recovery period could change. If the cyst was left open, it could take weeks or even months to heal. It could also mean that you might have to take time off from work. If the wound was stitched closed, you might have to take one to three days off from work.

How do they surgically remove a cyst?

Dr. Tutino performs most cyst removal operations under local anesthesia. He could also decide on general anesthesia depending on the size and location of the cyst. Dr. Tutino will make an incision near the cyst to remove or drain it. Once done, he will suture the wound shut.

How painful is a cyst removal?

The only pain you might feel would be the slight pinch of the injection. Once that is done, you will not feel anything as the area would be numb. 

Do you need stitches after cyst removal?

The need for stitches depends on the size of the cyst. If the incision is tiny, Dr. Tutino might not need to close the wound with stitches at all.

Can a cyst come back after being surgically removed?

After Dr. Tutino surgically removes the cyst entirely from your skin, the chances of the cyst returning are pretty slim. In some cases, the wound might get infected. If you feel any redness, pain, or fever, do not hesitate to inform Dr. Tutino.