What are Cysts & Lipomas?

March 16, 2020

Doctor prepares to treat cyst on patient's back

What are Cysts?

Cysts are caused by a non-contagious skin cell build up deep within the skin. They are most commonly found on the face, neck, and torso, but can be found on almost any part of the body. Bothersome bumps under the skin often bring patients to see a dermatologist, especially given that cysts can produce a smell and a thick white or yellow discharge.


Some patients may try to pop or drain a cyst on their own. This is not recommended and those who attempt this method will find that the cyst returns shortly after.To ensure that the cyst does not come back and to avoid infection, a surgical procedure should be performed by a dermatologist to remove the cyst lining and its contents. If the lining is left in the skin, the cyst may recur. Occasionally, antibiotics are used to reduce redness, inflammation, and discomfort.

What Are Lipomas?

Lipomas feel like soft, compressible bumps underneath the skin. Formed of composed fat cells, a lipoma is a non-cancerous tumor. A patient may discover one or several lipomas, depending on their genes. Most people find them on their torso, but they can also be found on the neck, forearms, and underarms. These tumors are not dangerous, but are often bothersome if they are large or located in sensitive areas.


Lipomas may be removed surgically by your dermatologist, or by a general surgeon if they are large. However, if they are not bothersome removal is not always necessary.

About U.S. Dermatology Partners Brodie Lane

At U.S. Dermatology Partners Brodie Lane, formerly Evans Dermatology, our team of medical experts provides the very latest in dermatology care for the entire family, along with state-of-the-art treatment for skin diseases. As the leading treatment center of psoriasis in Central Texas and the largest dermatology practice serving South Austin, Texas we focus on caring for your medical needs including acne, psoriasis, eczema, and skin cancer, while also providing high-quality cosmetic services. Our patients enjoy compassionate and efficient care in our comfortable offices.

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