A cyst is a small sac underneath the surface of the skin, often filled with fluid or soft material. Although cysts can grow large, they are generally slow-growing and not painful. Although acne cysts often appear overnight and can sometimes be quite painful.  Most cysts are benign, making a visit to Park Avenue Skin Care the solution to remove them and restore your skin's normal appearance. Quick attention to getting treatment for a cyst is important to minimize the potential scarring effects cysts present. Cysts can appear anywhere on the body, with various types, including:

  • Cystic Acne: A severe form of acne characterized by painful, red cysts, swelling, discomfort, and scarring. Seek treatment from a qualified dermatologist like Dr. Schultz for effective management. Untreated acne cysts can lead to permanent scarring, making it important to seek treatment immediately.
  • Milia: Small, white bumps around the eyes, nose, and cheek, primarily composed of trapped keratin beneath the skin's surface. Dr. Schultz can remove milia if desired.
  • Sebaceous Cysts: Slow-growing and typically benign, filled with liquid or soft material. These cysts often develop on the face, neck, back, or torso. While generally benign, some may find them uncomfortable as they grow.

The Causes of Cysts

Cysts can arise from a variety of factors, and understanding their underlying causes is essential for effective management. These factors include:
  • Acne: Cysts can be a common outcome of severe acne. In cases of cystic acne, the combination of excess oil production, the accumulation of dead skin cells, and the presence of acne-causing bacteria can contribute to the formation of deep, painful cysts. These cysts often persist and require specialized treatment from a dermatologist such as Dr. Neal Schultz.
  • Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations, particularly in women, can contribute to cyst development. Hormones can influence sebum production and the overall health of the skin, potentially leading to the formation of cysts, especially around the time of menstruation.
  • Pore Blockages: Cysts can also result from blockages in hair follicles or pores. When dead skin cells, oil, or debris accumulate within these tiny openings, they can create an obstruction. Over time, this blockage can lead to the accumulation of fluid or other materials, eventually forming a cyst underneath the skin's surface.
  • Genetic Conditions: Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to developing cysts. Genetic factors can influence the structure and function of hair follicles and sebaceous glands, making them more prone to cyst formation. These hereditary tendencies can manifest in various types of cysts.
  • Chronic Skin Conditions: Certain chronic skin conditions, such as epidermoid or pilar cysts, may have a genetic basis and tend to run in families. These cysts often develop in specific areas, such as the scalp, and are characterized by their slow growth over time.
  • Inflammation: Inflammation plays a significant role in the formation of cysts. When the body's natural response to injury or irritation triggers an excessive inflammatory reaction within a hair follicle or pore, it can lead to the development of a cyst. This inflammation disrupts the normal shedding of skin cells and the flow of sebum, creating an environment where a cyst can form.
  • Trauma: Physical trauma to the skin, such as injuries or surgical procedures, can sometimes trigger the formation of cysts. When skin tissue is damaged or compromised, the body's natural healing processes can result in the development of cysts as part of the repair mechanism.
It's important to note that unlike boils, cysts do not typically result from infections and do not contain pus. Instead, they are characterized by the accumulation of biological fluids or soft materials within a sac beneath the skin. Understanding the specific causes of cysts can help individuals take proactive steps to manage and prevent their recurrence. If you suspect or have concerns about a cyst, consulting a dermatologist like Dr. Schultz is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Trying to treat your cyst at home? You could make it worse. Dr. Schultz at Park Avenue Skin Care can effectively manage and remove cysts. Treatment aims to eliminate the growth, maintain cleanliness, and prevent infection and scarring. Depending on the cyst's size, it may be drained with a needle or catheter or removed through an incision and closed with stitches. If this is required patients will first be given local anesthetic to help minimize pain. In some cases, the cyst may be sent for evaluation at a lab.

Dr. Schultz understands the discomfort and concern associated with cyst removal. He will carefully examine your cyst and recommend the most suitable treatment plan. If intervention is necessary, Dr. Schultz can perform removal or drainage within the comfort of Park Avenue Skin Care, allowing you to return home the same day.

During your cyst removal appointment, Dr. Schultz will discuss your skin health and concerns, closely examining the cyst. Depending on his findings, he will recommend the best treatment option for you, aiming to minimize the risk of recurrence and reduce scarring. Suspicious cases may undergo specialized lab testing for a better understanding of your skin and overall health.

Patient Reviews

I've been seeing Dr. Schultz for the last 8 years and during that time, I've recommended him to countless friends for both cosmetic and medical dermatologic help. I trust him completely both diagnostically and aesthetically. When I had shingles, he was wonderful, incredibly supportive and kind. And when I eased into doing more cosmetic dermatology, he was– and continues to be– patient, careful and cautious. He listens to concerns and really hears what your goal outcome is and works with you to make it happen. I wanted to maintain a natural look while keeping my skin looking fresh and that's just what he's done for me. I always leave his office feeling prettier and well-cared for! If you have a medical concern or something about your skin you want to upgrade, you can't do better than Dr. Schultz and his wonderful team. And the products are amazing as well!

- Laura B.

Dr. Schultz is the most thorough and good natured dermatologist I have ever seen. I have been a patient of his for more than 20 years. He has taught me everything I know about the value of taking care of my skin, a gift that keeps on giving. He also takes the time to listen to me, to see me as an individual and doesn't treat my needs as a one size fits all doctor. I really appreciate his kindness, patience and expertise. I absolutely love his product line and have definitely reaped the rewards from using it, especially his glycolic peel pads and moisturizer, which I can't live without. My skin feels softer, smoother, appears more translucent and actually looks younger! He helped me to see beyond the lines and wrinkles, although he so good at helping to keep those at bay while maintaining a very natural appearance. His staff is outstanding. They make you feel welcome, like family, from the moment you walk through the door. Angela, Monika, Deborah and all of the support staff are extraordinary at what they do. Thank you Dr. Schultz and everyone at Park Ave Skincare. You're the best!

- Laura M.

Dr. Schultz has truly transformed my skin, so much so that I can confidently leave the house without wearing makeup now. During my first meeting with him, he intently listened to my skin concerns, we discussed what my goals were, and he explained pragmatically what treatments and products he recommended for me. I truly appreciate his fantastic bedside manner and conservative approach. I am a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, including my skin, and he understood this and was committed to helping me achieve every skin goal I had. The entire staff is just so fantastic and friendly, from reception to the PAs. They make you feel welcome and extremely comfortable, which to me is very important when visiting any doctor’s office. As someone who works too much and never gets enough sleep, my skin was looking very dull and lifeless. My skin is now full of life again and has an incredible glow to it which I have never had before. And I owe it all to the incredible Dr. Schultz.

- Kelly D.

My partnership with Dr Schultz began more than 30 years ago. As a generous friend, advisor, skilled surgeon, and superb cosmetic diagnostician, he has enabled me to look my best. He has kept me abreast of the most sophisticated procedures and in so doing, has maximized my appearance, always guided by what will be most beneficial for me. He is someone I go to for advice and care and his staff is another manifestation of this care. I don’t know many patients who can say this, and I feel fortunate to be among them.

- Ellen R.

In the four years that I've been a patient of Dr. Schultz, my acne-prone skin has gone from constant breakouts to smooth and clear. These days, I feel confident and comfortable enough in my skin to wear minimal makeup, if any—which I never would have done in years past. He and his warm, friendly staff always go above and beyond; he takes the time to listen, talk with me, and create the best plan for my skin. It's clear he has my best interests in mind, and I trust him wholeheartedly. I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and frankly, anyone who asks.

- Deanna P.

Each session with Dr. Schultz is a mini education in skin care. He approaches each patient as a unique individual with different needs. I’m Asian and he’s explained to me how that impacts treatment in a clear manner that a layperson can understand. At each examination, he recites detailed notes to his staff which he then refers back to at each future appointment, adjusting and tweaking treatment plans when necessary. Over the past two years I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blemishes and overall complexion and wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking to enhance their appearance.

- Sherry G.

I have been a patient of Dr. Schultz for many years, and I continue to be amazed at his medical approach, patience, and professionalism. He takes the time to listen to my health concerns, explains how and why he would like to issue a treatment in a way that I understand , answers all of my questions, and all of his procedures and painless and thorough. He is very attentive, results-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. He follows up and is committed to my health and satisfaction. The Park Avenue Skincare is a calm environment and the staff are all very friendly, warm, and respectful. It's easy to get appointments at a time that works for me and they are always on time and considerate. I think so highly of him and his practice that I sent my mom to him, and continue to go to his office even though my life is based in midtown west! I have great confidence in the care that he gives.

- Katrina A.

Frequently Asked Questions

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