Neo TrueNorth Hospitals
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Understanding Sebaceous Cyst Removal:

Sebaceous cyst removal is a minor surgical procedure aimed at removing benign cysts that develop beneath the skin’s surface. These cysts, also known as epidermoid cysts, are typically filled with keratin, a protein found in skin cells, and sebum, an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands. While sebaceous cysts are usually harmless, they can sometimes become inflamed, infected, or cosmetically bothersome, necessitating removal.

Indications for Removal:

Sebaceous cyst removal may be recommended for patients with the following conditions:

  • Inflammation or Infection: Cysts that become inflamed, tender, red, or painful due to infection or irritation.
  • Cosmetic Concerns: Cysts that are cosmetically bothersome or affect one’s appearance, especially if they are located on visible areas of the body.
  • Recurrent Rupture: Cysts that repeatedly rupture, discharge foul-smelling or cheesy material, or fail to resolve on their own.

The Surgical Procedure:

At Neo TrueNorth, sebaceous cyst removal procedures are performed by our skilled dermatologists or surgeons using various techniques depending on the cyst’s size, location, and characteristics:

  • Evaluation: The healthcare provider examines the cyst and assesses its size, location, and characteristics to determine the most appropriate removal method.
  • Local Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is typically administered to numb the area around the cyst, ensuring patient comfort during the procedure.
  • Incision and Drainage: For larger or inflamed cysts, a small incision is made over the cyst, and its contents are drained before removal.
  • Excision: Surgical excision involves removing the entire cyst and its surrounding capsule through a small incision or elliptical incision, followed by closure with sutures.
  • Minimal Scarring Techniques: Whenever possible, our healthcare providers employ techniques to minimize scarring, such as making incisions in natural skin creases or using cosmetic closure methods.


Postoperative Care:

Following sebaceous cyst removal surgery, patients receive comprehensive postoperative care and wound management instructions:

  • Wound Care: Instructions on wound care, including keeping the incision site clean and dry, changing dressings as directed, and avoiding excessive movement or pressure on the area.
  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed medications may be recommended to manage postoperative discomfort.
  • Scar Management: Advice on scar management techniques such as silicone gel sheets, massage, or topical treatments to minimize scarring and promote optimal healing.
  • Follow-Up: Regular follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor healing progress, assess the incision site, and discuss any concerns or complications.

Why Choose Neo TrueNorth for Your Sebaceous Cyst Removal:

  • Expertise: Our experienced dermatologists and surgeons specialize in sebaceous cyst removal procedures, providing expert care and personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
  • Safety: We prioritize patient safety and use advanced surgical techniques and equipment to minimize risks and complications associated with cyst removal.
  • Cosmetic Outcome: We strive to achieve optimal cosmetic outcomes by employing meticulous surgical techniques and scar management strategies.
  • Patient-Centered Care: We understand the importance of patient comfort, satisfaction, and peace of mind throughout the cyst removal process, providing compassionate care and support every step of the way.

At Neo TrueNorth, we are dedicated to providing exceptional dermatological and surgical care for sebaceous cyst removal, helping you achieve relief from symptoms and restoring confidence in your appearance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our sebaceous cyst removal procedures.

Meet Our Experts

Dr Kiran Petkar

Plastic Surgeon, Cosmetologist

Dr Keertana Devasani

General Surgery, MCh - Plastic Surgery Plastic Surgeon, Burn Surgeon, Diabetic Foot Surgeon, Cosmetologist