Cyst & Lipoma Removal

The presence of a lump or bump on the face or body is never a fun surprise!

While cysts and lipomas generally have no major cause for concern, patients may be bothered by their unsightly appearance, interference with day-to-day activities or discomfort being caused. If you have a bump that you find bothersome, restricts your daily habits or is simply unattractive, Dr. Steven Bengelsdorf can evaluate your area of concern and determine if removing it is the correct medical treatment for you.

We naturally slough off old skin cells from our skin and pores. But, if the pores are clogged up or not being exfoliated, the skin cells become trapped inside our skin, forming a cyst or a pocket of dead skin cells. A cyst is the sac that forms in the body — it can form in bones, organs, or tissues and can be filled with skin cells, bacteria, and/or pus. They range in size and can be found anywhere on the body. If left untreated, the cyst can grow and become increasingly more painful. 

A cyst can feel like a little knot or hard nodule underneath the skin. It may begin as an ingrown hair or pore that becomes infected, creating an opportunity for the skin to get turned in on itself. The cyst may become large enough to drain the rotten skin cells which may have an unpleasant odor.

Lipomas are unsightly masses of fatty tissue that can develop in various locations on the body. Once a lipoma develops, it will not go away on its own and will often increase in size over time. Therefore, the only way to rid the body of this mass is through surgery.

As a lipoma grows in size or as multiple lipomas develop, it can begin to affect your range of motion, interfering with daily routines and preventing you from enjoying physical activities.

Although they can develop anywhere on the body, lipomas most commonly appear on the:

  • Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Neck
  • Thighs
  • Underarm
  • Face

It is not advised to try to remove either of these bumps at home and to always consult with a medical professional such as Dr. Steven Bengelsdorf at Franklin Skin and Laser. Cyst and lipoma removal involves more than draining the substance from inside the cyst. Cysts have an outer shell that houses the substance, and this shell needs to be fully removed to prevent the cyst from returning. The tissues around the cyst may also need some tending to if there are signs of infection or blisters.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are three common types of cysts in the skin: Pilar Cysts, Sebaceous Cysts, and Digital Mucous Cysts. Different types of cysts occur in different parts of the body for different reasons, so it’s important to be aware of changes happening in your skin and have a medical professional assess the area.
After being approved for the procedure, the cyst or lipoma can be removed in the comfort of our Cool Springs location. Our standard method of removal is excision. During the surgical appointment, injectable anesthesia is administered for your comfort, and an incision is made on or around the bump. After the cyst or lipoma is exposed, Dr. Bengelsdorf will remove the fatty tissue, contents, wall and any remains. The incision is then closed with sutures and bandaged to protect the area from infection.
The majority cysts are caused by some type of blockage in the structures of the skin, such as an oil gland or pore. When these structures are blocked, fluid and other debris build up inside tiny openings in the skin. If the cyst is blocked from being able to drain or release, the result is inflammation, redness, and possible infection.
Removing a cyst or lipoma does require using a scalpel to make an incision. With any deep cut into the skin, there is a risk for scarring. As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Bengelsdorf is meticulous about the placement and understands the nature of incisions. With the right technique, the scarring can be minimal. If you are left with an unsightly scar, our office offers a range of scar revision services.
Healing from a surgical removal procedure can take up to three weeks and possibly longer for larger cysts or lipomas. There is some downtime with this procedure, as patients shouldn’t engage in strenuous activity or use swimming pools, saunas or steam rooms. Depending on the location of your cyst, you may need to limit use of the area to allow the tissues to properly heal. The area may feel tender, and you may notice some redness and swelling. The area should be kept dry and clean and experience as little friction as possible for optimal healing.