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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Treating Your Skin Cyst

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It can be concerning to discover a lump beneath your skin. While all skin cysts need to be examined and professionally diagnosed, most cysts are not cause for alarm. Skin cysts are typically benign growths that develop just under the skin and above the muscle. One of the most common types of skin cyst is a sebaceous cyst. People of all ages and skin types can get a sebaceous cyst. It is hard to predict when a cyst will form, but they can grow in size over time and even become a source of discomfort and aesthetic concern depending on where it develops on the body. Fortunately, a dermatologist can remove your sebaceous cyst through a simple, in-office procedure.

How do Sebaceous Cysts Form?

Sebaceous cysts form when the duct of the sebaceous gland gets blocked or damaged. This is the gland that produces nourishing oil to the skin. In result, a liquid or semiliquid pocket forms underneath the skin. Many are also filled with white flakes of keratin, which is a key substance that found in your skin and nails. Sebaceous cysts are usually soft to touch.

How does the sebaceous gland get damaged or blocked in the first place? There are many reasons why this occurs, including the following:

  • Acne
  • Scratch or other direct skin trauma
  • Surgical wound
  • Misshapen or deformed duct
  • Genetic condition (Gardner’s syndrome)

Sebaceous cysts can develop weeks or months after the original damage to the area occurred.

They are mostly found on the face, neck, or torso. It is important to remember that they aren’t life-threatening, but that doesn’t mean they need to go unchecked. Many patients elect to have their sebaceous cyst removed when it grows to a large size and/or is on a visible part of their body. In some cases, the cyst can cause pain or pressure, especially if it is on the face.

Cyst Removal Surgery

Removing the cyst is the best way to prevent it from recurring. Don’t worry; removing your sebaceous cyst is not a difficult or painful procedure. Most cysts are removed with a simple excisional surgery in which local anesthetic can be used. If the cyst has a diameter that’s larger than five centimeters, shows signs of infection or had a fast rate of reoccurrence after previous removal, steps may be taken to ensure the growth is not cancerous. You can trust Olansky Dermatology Associates to accurately diagnose your skin cyst and recommend the most appropriate solution. We offer treatment for all types of cysts, including pilar, epidermoid, sebaceous and others. Schedule your consult today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.