cysts on the body

This may not be the exact look of your condition. Please confirm your diagnosis with your dermatologist.

What is it?

A cyst is a broad term for a fluid, semi-fluid filled, or keratin containing sac that occurs within skin tissue and can appear anywhere on the body. Some cysts are tiny, while others, if left untreated, can become cosmetically or functionally significant.

There are hundreds of types of cysts, many earning their name because of their location including ovarian cysts, pancreatic cysts, and pericardial cysts.

Most skin cysts are benign, and respond favorably to treatment; however, some lesions that appear cyst-like may be tumors, and could be malignant.


An abnormal lump on the surface or just below the skin and are usually slow-growing, painless and smooth to the touch when they are rolled under the skin. Cysts can appear anywhere, but generally appear on the face, neck, trunk and genital area. A lump that may be a cyst should be examined by a dermatologist.

Could this be what you have?

Anyone of any race or gender may develop a cyst at any time; however, there are certain factors that make some people more susceptible than others. These include:

Post puberty
History of acne
Significant sun exposure
Previous skin injuries

Treatment Options @ Pinnacle

Cysts can be removed but the treatment protocol for removal depends largely on the location and cause of the cyst. Typically, visible cysts are treated through drainage or surgical removal.

Drainage – In most cases, fluid of the cyst can be drained by inserting needles into the cyst cavity, resulting in a collapse of the cyst.

Surgery – If there is a suspicion of cancer, or if the lesion is causing discomfort, the cyst is generally removed by surgery, or a biopsy is performed to rule out malignancy.