Sebaceous cysts are smooth, dome shaped bumps that occur beneath the skin. They are often seen on the face, scalp or trunk. A strong smelling cheesy material can sometimes be expressed. These are harmless but will not disappear without treatment. They may grow in size over time, and occasionally become inflamed or infected. It is best to remove these cysts early before symptoms occur or worsen. Sebaceous cyst removal is a practical and safe choice for anyone experiencing pain or discomfort.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR CYST REMOVAL
Your skin will be carefully assessed and the options discussed with you before we embark on any treatment. Your trained dermatological surgeon will be able to perform your choice of treatment to the highest standard.
Minimal excision technique – We perform this excellent technique routinely aiming for complete cyst removal. Instead of simply squeezing out or draining the contents of the cyst, this excision method results in a very low rate of recurrence. This is because the entire cyst wall and cyst contents are removed, minimising any risk of the cyst coming back. Following numbing injection to the treatment area, a small cut is made on the surface of the skin to remove the much larger cyst below. The resulting scar is usually small and cosmetically pleasing.
Infected, painful and swollen cysts are usually first treated with antibiotics, steroid injections or drainage. This treats the inflamed cyst but as the cyst wall is left behind, it will usually refill over time. Once the inflammation resolves, your dermatological surgeon can carry out complete cyst removal to prevent it from becoming symptomatic again.
Do contact us if you have a problematic sebaceous cyst requiring fast and effective treatment. We are able to offer same-day removal service for uninfected cysts in our on-site day surgery facility. This can remove the bump from your skin and leave you blemish free in hours. The resulting wound is usually small and and will fade over time to leave a faint scar.