photo of PA Amanda Palmer, MA Melissa, and Dr. Steven A. Davis at the Dermatology and Laser Center of San Antonio

Cyst Removal San Antonio

If you’re looking for cyst removal in San Antonio, give us a call. At the Dermatology & Laser Center of San Antonio, we are experienced in diagnosing and treating many kinds of cysts.

Overview of Cysts

A lot of skin growths and bumps are called “cysts,” and all of them are benign.  But NOT all of them are without potential symptoms.  Some of these “cysts” have no symptoms at all, and may be hardly noticeable.  Meanwhile, others can be large, tender, red, soft and tender.  So, Let’s look at the different common “cysts” that present to the dermatology clinic and how we deal with them.

Photo of PA Amanda and MA Melissa in an exam room at the Dermatology and Laser Center of San Antonio

Why See Us For Your Cysts?

As Board certified dermatologists and trained dermatology physician assistants, we have broad experience seeing, diagnosing and treating many different kinds of “cysts”. So, if you have a cyst that’s concerning you, feel free to give us a call.

Types of Cysts

Epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)

Epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC), sometimes called sebaceous cysts, are the most common “cysts” we see and treat in our clinic.  They result when a hair follicle seals over the materials inside causing a visible or palpable bulge, and epidermal inclusion or “epidermoid” cyst.  These are not harmful on their own, but, at times can get infected and then have to be opened and surgically removed.  Therefore, whether to remove a cysts that’s not already infected is a decision made by the patient with our consultation.

Acne Cysts

Acne cysts are totally different from the EIC.  They are actually very inflamed and/or infected acne lesions. They are typically tender, red, painful, and not uncommon in many adolescents and adults with common acne (“acne vulgaris”).  Treating acne with oral and topical prescription medicines can help prevent these “cysts” from forming and, when they do show up, they are sometimes injected with low-dose cortisone to calm them down.

Other Cysts

Other types of “cysts” include “myxoid cysts,” seen on finger and toes ,and pilar cysts seen on the scalp. All of these can be diagnosed and treated in our clinic — or left alone if they are not symptomatic and the patient doesn’t mind having them.

Does Insurance Cover Cyst Removal?

Yes. Most insurance plans consider this a medical condition and cover treatment. As always, insurance is subject to deductibles and co-pays.  When you call for an appointment we can tell you if we take your insurance. We do take most insurances, however.

Do You See Private-Pay Patients for Cyst Removal?

Yes. We are happy to see patients without insurance and we charge them what insurance companies normally “allow”.  So, if you’re a cash patient, you are not penalized by paying a retail rate far above what we expect to receive from a health insurance plan.