Introduction to Cyst Removal
A cyst removal procedure is designed to smooth out skin, banish lumps and reduce imperfections on the skin caused by a cyst. Most cysts (known as epidermoid and pilar cysts or commonly known as sebaceous cysts) are not cancerous and don’t cause pain or harm (unless they become infected). However many find them a source of embarrassment (most commonly cysts are found on the head and neck but they can also affect other hair-bearing areas of the body such as the scrotal skin for males) and this procedure can help you to regain your confidence.
Who is suitable?
We will assess your cyst to fully ensure that, like most cysts, it is benign (not cancerous). Many of our patients come to us as they are uncomfortable about their appearance and would like to have their cyst safely removed. Some patients also present when the cysts become infected.
The procedure and risks
Skin cyst removal is a straightforward procedure that is performed under local anesthetic. At the beginning of the surgery, the surgeon will inject a local anesthetic into the skin and once it is numbed, the surgeon will open the skin and isolate the cyst sac. If the cyst can be taken out completely then there is little chance of it recurring however if the cyst is removed in pieces then the cyst could return. If the cyst has been infected in the past, scar tissue can form around it, making it more difficult to remove the cyst in one piece. After removal, the skin is closed up with stitches.
However, please note that if a cyst is infected, we won’t attempt to remove it until the infection is controlled with appropriate treatment (this is often a course of antibiotics).
The risks associated with this procedure include haematoma, infection, lumpy, wide or red scarring, painful scarring, cyst recurrence and indentation at the cyst removal point. Please note that cyst removal almost always results in a scar.
As your wellbeing is our number one priority we offer a comprehensive and personalised aftercare package, which is included in your treatment.
After your surgery, we will provide you with post-operative care instructions and you will have 24-hour access to trained staff that will be on hand to advise you should you have any questions or concerns.
After the surgery, we will arrange appointments for follow-up examinations with your surgeon to monitor your progress and check that you are recovering well.
Your surgeon will see you after 2 weeks for a follow-up and if necessary, for subsequent appointments until you are fully recovered. These follow-ups are standard and will be provided at no extra cost.
In the unlikely event of a problem, we’ll make immediate arrangements for you to be seen by trained staff and (if needed), by the surgeon who performed the procedure. As the Sthetix surgeons live and work locally, you can always see your surgeon at relatively short notice. After performing the surgery our surgeons don’t leave the country or the local area. Very rarely, a surgeon may leave the local area for other commitments but if this happens, we will ensure that there is another trained plastic surgeon from our team available to provide you with comprehensive care.
In the unlikely event of a complication directly related to your surgery, we would provide or arrange further surgery and/or treatment at no extra cost for up to 1 year from the date of surgery.
Can I have cyst removal by the NHS?
Any cyst which is considered “suspicious” when seen by a Consultant in the NHS would be removed, however, if the Consultant considers the lesion to be benign and the request for removal to be for cosmetic reasons, they may recommend that removal is carried out in the private sector.
How long does it take to recover?
You can return to work immediately but the area of operation can take up to 2 weeks to fully heal.
When can I drive?
You can drive whenever you feel confident enough to perform an emergency stop without discomfort. Please check with your insurance company before you drive.
Will I have a scar?
A small scar is almost always present after cyst removal.