Sebaceous Cysts Treatment

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Sebaceous cysts are common benign lumps occurring in hair-growing areas on the body.
Sebaceous cysts could be multiple in varying sizes.
Sebaceous cysts might flare-up and subside intermittently, (recurrent infections).
Sebaceous cysts treatment is by complete surgical removal.

At Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic, we remove a wide range of benign lesions under local anaesthesia. These operations are safe, effective, quick, affordable and straightforward and carried out by our experienced and highly qualified doctors who are Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) or/and specialist plastic surgeon and are fully registered with the GMC in the United Kingdom. The procedure will be fully explained to you and possible risk and complications will be discussed at the initial consultation and your questions will be answered

  • What is a sebaceous cyst?

    Cysts which seem to be variable in origin but occur under the surface of skin and they are filled with yellowish-white semi-solid fatty materials (sebum) termed as sebaceous cysts.
    Sebaceous cysts is commonly occurs on head, face, ears, back, arms and other hair growing part of the body. Therefore, sebaceous cysts can occur anywhere on the body apart from the soles of the feet and palms of the hands.

  • What are the causes of sebaceous cysts?

    The classical sebaceous cyst or wen was thought to be accumulation of sebum following blockage of the mouth of the hair follicle gland mouth (sebaceous duct). Some cases of multiple sebaceous cysts occur in some families and have genetic inheritance tendencies, but no cause could be found in the great majority of the cases.  Sebaceous cysts are variable size, benign in nature, semi-spherical in shape and smooth to the touch.

  • What are the side-effects of untreated sebaceous cyst?

    Recurrent infection; the cyst increases in size and become painful and tender with redness of the overlying skin. An infected sebaceous cyst may rupture and discharge some of the sebaceous cyst content and cause ulceration and scar formation. It is also known that the content of the sebaceous cyst might occasionally escape slowly and dry over the skin surface in successive layers forming a hard projection (sebaceous horn).

  • What are other reasons for sebaceous cyst surgical removal?

    There are also other reasons for sebaceous cystremoval:

    • Cosmetic reasons; often the main reason if sebaceous cyst on the face, ears and head.
    • Pressure from sebaceous cyst on the surrounding structures causing symptoms; pressing on a nerve causing pain.
    • Sebaceous cyst is large and increasing in size, recurrent infections.
    • Sebacous cyst interfere with movement in a joint.
    • Diagnosis of sebaceous cyst is uncertain.
    • sebaceous cyst causes problems on account of its site, size, appearance or presence of symptoms.
    • Patient's demand sebaceous cyst removal.
    • Individuals might notice rubbing or interference with clothing and restriction of movement.
  • How do you treat sebaceous cysts?

    Treatment of the sebaceous cyst is by surgical excision of the entire cyst under local anaesthesia. The sebaceous cyst surgical removal ispainless and the sebaceous cyst contains chunky whitish materials. Infected sebaceous cyst is red, tender, swollen and painful and their content might have changed in nature and colour.
    At our cosmetic surgery clinic, Doctors Makeover, we carry out sebaceous cyst removal as a Day Case Surgery under local anaesthesia, this means it is safer and you are able to walk away straight after the procedure. The whole operation should take less than an hour in duration, depending on the size, location and number of sebaceous cysts to be removed. There may be some discomfort, bruising and swelling at the site of the operation and we will supply you with more information and follow-up on the day of the operation.

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