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Sebaceous Cyst removal

What is a sebaceous cyst?

A skin cyst, or sebaceous cyst, is a collection of old skin and oil trapped beneath the epidermis.

Where do sebaceous cysts commonly occur?

Cysts are commonly located on the cheeks, neck and back.

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How can I recognize a sebaceous cyst?

Cysts usually present as a slowly enlarging nodule. They are typically painless, but they can be itchy from time to time. Sebaceous cysts attached to the underside of the skin and there is often a central puctum in the skin overlying the cyst.

How is a sebaceous cyst diagnosed?

A history and physical examination is sufficient to diagnose a sebaceous cyst. No other investigations are required.

What will happen to my cyst if it is untreated?

A sebaceous cyst may fluctuate in size, but it will not resolve completely without treatment.

How is a sebaceous cyst removed?

Surgical excision is the only treatment option for a sebaceous cyst. This is an office based procedure that is well tolerated under local anaesthetic (freezing). An incision in the skin is required and the length of the incision will be just slightly longer than the diameter of the cyst. This will allow Dr. Reid to remove the cyst in one piece with the outer lining intact which helps to minimize the risk of recurrence.

What are the risks?

Patient satisfaction following cyst removal is high and the potential risks are low. Possible complications include infection, poor scarring and recurrence.

What is the recovery like?

The incision is closed with dissolving sutures that are buried beneath the skin. Paper tape and a water proof dressing is applied. The 'freezing' lasts for a few hours following the procedure and afterwards the discomfort is usually minimal and managed only with over-the-counter medications such as Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen. Patients can resume work and normal activities the following day.

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Scalp Cyst Removal

What is a scalp cyst?

A scalp cyst forms when keratinous material, from hair follicles, gets trapped beneath the skin's surface.

How can I recognize a scalp cyst?

Scalp cysts usually present as a painless, slowly enlarging bump. Most patients have one or two, but it's not uncommon to have six or more.

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How is a scalp cyst diagnosed?

Examination of the scalp is all that is required.

What will happen to my scalp cyst if it is untreated?

Scalp cysts will not resolve without treatment. Some will stabilize in size before they are problematic while others will continue to grow until they become obvious and uncomfortable.

How is a scalp cyst removed?

Surgical excision is the only treatment option for a sebaceous cyst. This is an office based procedure that is well tolerated under local anaesthetic (freezing). No hair is removed or shaved during the procedure. An incision in the skin is required and the length of the incision will be just slightly longer than the diameter of the cyst. This will allow Dr. Reid to remove the cyst in one piece with the outer lining intact which helps to minimize the risk of recurrence.

What are the risks?

Complication rates are low, but possibilities include infection, bleeding and recurrence.

What is the recovery like?

The incision is closed with dissolving stitches. The 'freezing' lasts for a few hours following the procedure and afterwards the discomfort is usually minimal and managed only with over-the-counter medications such as Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen. Showering is permitted on the day of surgery. Work and normal activities can be resumed within a day or so.