What is a cyst?
A skin cyst is a lump located beneath the skin that is filled with fluid and is usually a similar size and shape to a small pea. Cysts can appear anywhere on the body, but often occur on the face and scalp.
Cysts usually grow slowly and can feel uncomfortable or painful if they become infected.
All treatments are tailored to the individual and personal experiences and results may vary. We recommend a one to one consultation with our Treatment Coordinators to discuss your treatment options.
What causes cysts?
Cysts usually develop as a result of an infection or due to a blocked gland. They can also occur around ingrowing hairs and are often found in the scalp or underarm area. Anyone can develop a skin cyst, but they are more common after puberty or if you have suffered with acne. Skin cysts are not contagious.
Types of skin cysts
The most common type of skin cysts are epidermoid cysts. These are usually found on the face, chest or neck and occasionally around the genital area.
Epidermoid cysts are particularly common in people who suffer with acne.
Cysts found on the scalp or around hair follicles are known as pilar cysts.
Chalazion or meibomian cysts are those that form on the eyelids.
Occasionally the suspected cyst is actually a type of lipoma, which is a fatty lump that is usually found slightly deeper beneath the skin. A Lipoma can also be easily removed at one of our clinics with minimal scarring.
How can a cyst be removed?
Cysts are usually harmless, however, we always advise that they are reviewed by a doctor prior to removal.
If a cyst grows larger, it can look unsightly or become uncomfortable under clothing. They can also become infected or even rupture. This can be very painful. It is recommended that cysts are removed as early as possible to keep scarring to a minimum.
During the removal process, our skilled dermatologists will use local anaesthetic to numb the area, before making a tiny cut and squeezing or carefully cutting out the cyst.
This procedure may leave a small scar, however the appearance of this scar will diminish over time. It is also important to note that cysts can occasionally return. This is more common in pilar cysts cases, where the cyst has formed around the hair follicles.
Summary of Cyst Removal Procedure
- Procedure Time 30 minutes, depending on the size and depth of your Cyst
- Back To Work Immediately
- Anaesthetic Local anaesthetic
- Downtime Minimal
- Results Permanent*
*Individual results may vary.
What areas can be treated?
Cysts can form anywhere on the body, but are more commonly found around the face, scalp, chest and neck. Our team of expert dermatologists are experienced in removing cysts from all areas of the body, including the sensitive genital area.
How long does the removal take?
Our cyst removal treatment takes around 30 minutes to complete. However, in pilar cyst cases, where the cyst may be located under the scalp, treatment time may be longer.
Is the removal process painful?
The removal will be performed under local anaesthetic to help reduce any pain or discomfort. However, you may feel pressure or pushing during the procedure. There is minimal downtime using our method of cyst removal.
Will it leave scarring?
This procedure may leave a small scar, however the appearance of this scar will diminish over time. Our team of experts will advise you on how to care for your wound after treatment to minimise scarring.
How many sessions will I need?
Only one treatment is usually necessary. If the cyst is completely removed then it is unlikely to return.