Cyst is a soft tissue swelling that usually appears as a small, painless bump. While generally harmless, a cyst can become painful if infected. Cysts are frequently in visible areas, such as the face, and therefore can be aesthetically troublesome which is why cyst removal is a common procedure performed at the Skin & Scar Clinic.
What is a cyst?
A cyst is a fluid filled ‘sac’ which lies within or just underneath the skin surface.They usually present as a raised lump. Although most are completely painless, some can become infected, inflamed, red and very painful to the touch.
Types of cyst
Most cysts contained fluid or semi-solid material, and although they can appear anywhere on the body, they can be found most frequently in the skin of the head and neck areas. The most common is called a sebaceous or epidermoid cyst.
What causes cysts?
Their exact cause is unknown but is thought to be related to a ‘blockage’ in the sebaceous or oil secreting glands of the skin. Cysts most commonly appear on the head and neck areas but can occur elsewhere on the body. Where’ve they occur, the approach to cyst removal is generally the same.
How do we remove cysts?
Cyst removal at the Skin & Scar Clinic is performed under a local anaesthestic and typically carried out via surgical excision. This involves a small incision over the cyst which allows it to be removed safely and with minor scarring.
What happens after cyst removal?
You will be left with a small scar following cyst removal. This will generally fade over time and Mr Abood will advise you on the best way to look after the scar which will encourage it to do this.
Once the cyst has been removed, it is unlikely that it will return , however and as with any surgical procedure, cyst excision may result in usually minor and uncommon side effects, such as wound infection and slight bleeding following the cyst removal procedure.