Cysts are quite common among the general population and are almost always benign in nature. A cyst can develop anywhere on your body, including your scalp, face, back, arms, or legs. They occur when dead skin cells, fluid, or other tissue begins to collect under the skin, triggering the body to enclose the tissue in a sac. The cyst then grows as more fluid or tissue collects in the sac. Most cysts are not painful, though some patients allow the cyst to grow until it causes discomfort or it becomes visible to others. When we see patients with larger cysts, we usually send a sample for a biopsy to ensure it isn't dangerous. If you have developed a cyst you are worried about or simply need a doctor to remove it, contact Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco. Dr. Tracy Evans is an experienced, board-certified dermatologist who has helped hundreds of individuals dealing with cysts.
"Dr. Evans has performed Mohs surgery on my face twice and I could not be happier with the results. For the past couple decades, I have spent almost every Summer in the South of France because I have family and friends there. Of course it is a sunny place with lots of gorgeous beaches and other outdoor activities. I guess I got a little too much sun exposure on these trips, especially since I have fair skin and blue eyes. When I first found out I had a basal cell spot on my face I was very upset, but Dr Evans and her staff are absolutely amazing!!! I had never had any surgery on my face and I was worried about it, but I truly felt I had the kind of empathy and care that you would get from a family member or a great friend, from Dr. Evans and everyone else on her team. Dr. Evans did such a great job on both surgeries and they have healed so well, so much so that no one even notices that I have had two surgeries on my face. I have been going to her office for years now with regular skin checks and I have to say I am extremely impressed with the entire staff. In addition to the Mohs surgery, and after I had basal cell a second time, I decided to get Fraxel Laser done at Dr. Evans office. A lot of people do this for cosmetic reasons, but I did it because I found out that Fraxel can help reduce the chance of getting basal cell in the future. As a guy, I did not see myself spending thousands of $’s on laser for my face the first time, but after I got the 2nd basal cell on my face I decided it was worth the money if it reduced the chance of more basal cell in the future. I was very pleased with the Fraxel procedures and I have not had another basal cell issue since I had it, so I am very happy with the decision. The Fraxel laser procedure also evened out the toning on my face, so that was great as well. I highly recommend the Fraxel Laser to anyone who wants to potentially reduce the chance of basal cell, and I also have been taking Nicotinamide (a special form of vitamin B) which can also potentially reduce future basal cell issues, and I use a DNA enzyme repair cream at night which reduces the chance of basal cell. As I said before, I have not had basal cell since I had the Fraxel and I think taking Nicotinamide and using the DNA enzyme repair cream all have helped. After all this I realize how important skin care is and I am grateful that I got such great care. Most of my friends never go to a dermatologist and have an ignorance is bliss attitude, but with Dr. Evans and her amazing team, I am much more aware of how important it is to get regular checks and what can be done to maintain my skin going forward. My skin looks great and people think I look much younger than my actual age. One final point: I also have a couple friends that have HMO insurance that also have had basal cell. They have had surgeries at their HMO and I can tell you the care and the results they received are not even close to the care and outstanding results I have had with Dr. Evans. In some cases, the HMO made my friends wait a long time before they could even get the Mohs surgery and they also made mistakes, and their results in terms of scarring and healing were not the best. There is no way I would trust an HMO to do this surgery. At this point, I would only trust Dr. Evans with something this important. Thanks to Dr. Evans, Clarence, Shantelle, Kirstie, Danielle, Leslie, and the entire team! You all have helped me in a difficult situation more than once and I got through it as if nothing ever happened because of your amazing care and skills!"- E.R. / Yelp / Sep 25, 2021
"I want to write this review for Dr Evans’ staff and specifically for Krystal and Ava. I have been treated there 4 times this year. Each time I go I feel like my health and happiness is the most important thing in the world to both medical and administrative staff. I am not just the next person in their busy day that needs treatment and a means for the practice to make money. I am made to feel the same way as when I fly first class or stay in a world class hotel. The entire experience from the time I walk in the door until I walk out again is unlike anything I have experienced at any doctor or dentist or any medical facility. They are professional and compassionate with a great "bedside" manner. I am cared for as a patient and valued as a human each visit."- S.G. / Yelp / Sep 01, 2021
"Dear Tracy Evans M.D. Thank you_Thank you_Thank you. For your amazing expertise and talents. I could not be happier with my care. Everyone on your staff is so competent and awesome. So grateful, Deb Protheroe"- D.P. / Google / Jul 11, 2021
"Excellent, thorough medical care for the skin. I appreciate the fact that Dr Evans monitors my skin every 6 months for medical issues and catches anything amiss early. Knowledgeable staff to help with skin care products after medical needs met. Beautiful relaxing spa like waiting area."- B.F. / Google / Jun 11, 2021
"I was in desperate need of a quick remedy to extract my pores and hydrate my face. Mallory recommended the hydrafacial treatment for me. The whole treatment was quick, only taking about 30 minutes, and very affordable with NO down time! Mallory was an absolute gem! Prior to the treatment, she explained the process and made sure I was comfortable. I would highly recommend Dr. Evans team at Pacific Skin Dermatology. Can’t wait for my next treatment!"- K.K. / Yelp / May 30, 2021
There are many factors that can trigger a cyst to form, though the vast majority of cysts we treat are caused by blocked oil glands. Other conditions that might result in a cyst are chronic infection or inflammation, blocked drainage ducts, and genetic conditions. Cysts can also develop around a foreign object embedded in the skin, such as metal shavings, and around piercings. It is important to have any cyst examined by a dermatologist, though almost all cysts are benign, there is a small chance they are precancerous or cancerous.
Different types of cysts have different symptoms, though minor cysts, which we see most often, are usually painless bumps just beneath the skin. You may also notice the skin around the cyst feeling harder. The type of cyst you have will be diagnosed based on its size, location, whether there is any discomfort, and other factors. While most typical cysts do not hurt, they can eventually grow large enough to rupture, which will cause some pain. If they grow in an area with friction, such as in the armpit, chafing can also cause discomfort.
Common treatments for cysts include simply draining the area with a syringe or surgically excising the growth. We can also use a cortisone injection to shrink some cysts, either to avoid surgery or allow a much smaller incision. The good news is that most types of cysts can be effectively treated once a proper diagnosis is made.
Treatment for cysts
If you are suffering from a cyst and would like to receive treatment, we invite you to call Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology to schedule an appointment. A thorough exam of the cyst will be performed so an effective removal plan can be made for you. Cysts often cause unnecessary concern so we encourage anyone who is feeling anxious about a growth beneath the skin to have a consultation at our San Francisco, CA facility. Dr. Tracy Evans and her team are ready to help.