Skin Cysts Specialist in Miami, FL

A medical professional specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cysts.

Skin Cyst Removal in Miami, FL

Skin cysts aren’t cancerous, however, they can cause discomfort or become infected.  In those cases, they require treatment to avoid complications. Whether you need a cyst removed for medical or cosmetic reasons, Michael Renfrow, MD, FACS, Skin cysts specialist in Miami, FL, has considerable experience removing skin cysts in the office using a quick and painless procedure. Call the office or fill out the contact form to make an appointment.

Skin Cyst On Face

Skin Cysts Q & A

What causes skin cysts?

A cyst is a closed, saclike structure filled with a fluid or semisolid substance. Cysts can form in any tissue of your body, including your skin.

There are several types of skin cysts that can form, including sebaceous cysts, epidermoid cysts, and pilonidal cysts.

Sebaceous cyst

A sebaceous cyst is a swollen round area that forms when sebaceous glands become blocked. This causes sebum to form a saclike structure. Sebum is an oily substance produced by the gland and is normally used to moisturize and protect the skin. This type of cyst is most commonly found on the face, upper back, and upper chest.

Epidermoid cyst

The epidermis, or outer layer of skin, normally sheds old, dead skin cells. Epidermoid cysts are formed when normally shed cells go deeper into your skin.  These cells form and fill the cyst with secreted keratin.  Epidermoid cysts most commonly affect the face, neck, and trunk but can form anywhere on your body.

Pilonidal cyst

A pilonidal cyst is almost always found near your tailbone. They occur in people who often sit for prolonged periods of time. When body hair becomes embedded in your skin, it creates an abnormal pocket, which fills with hair and skin debris.

Bariatric Surgeon

Diplomate of American Board of Surgery - Dr. Michael Renfrow

Michael Renfrow, MD, FACS

General & Bariatric Surgery
Miami, Florida

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Skin Cyst Specialist in Miami, FL

What symptoms might develop due to skin cysts?

Cysts rarely cause symptoms beyond a small lump on the skin. With epidermoid cysts, a yellow substance may drain out. Any kind of cyst can become infected.  Symptoms of the infection include redness, swelling, and tenderness.

How does Dr. Renfrow remove skin cysts?

Dr. Renfrow removes skin cysts in the office in a painless five-minute procedure. After administering a local anesthetic, he makes a small incision and, depending on the type and size of the cyst, he removes the entire cyst or the cyst is drained, and the cyst wall is removed.

Tissues are always transferred to dermatopathologists who specialize in soft skin tissue. Although skin cysts are benign, they can be caused by certain types of cancer. A biopsy confirms the absence of cancer cells.

Depending on whether your cyst is left open or closed with stitches, you will be given detailed instructions on how to care for the incision and change dressings as needed.

Call Dr. Renfrow or fill out the online contact form if you have a painful or infected skin cyst.