Cysts are benign growths that can occur anywhere on the body. Although harmless, they may grow and become inflamed causing pain and irritation. To ensure these growths are fully removed and do not recur, they are surgically removed by our Double Board-Certified Dermatologist. This procedure consists of surgically excising the growth beneath the skin and suturing the wound with stitches.
A cyst can be permanently removed in about 20-30 minutes at FCP Dermatology, leaving minimal scarring depending on the size of the cyst.
A cyst is a subcutaneous lesion, which means they are found under the skin. Consequently, they cannot be removed by applying a cream or any topical product. Cysts can sometimes be squeezed or may rupture releasing fluid. However, this does not eliminate the cells that cause the cyst, and it is likely to grow back. To permanently eliminate the cyst, the entire shell of the cyst and its contents must be removed.
A cyst removal is a surgical procedure that must be performed by a Surgical Dermatologist, such as Dr. Kristy Bailey. Cyst removals can typically be performed on any area of the body. The type of surgical procedure will depend on the size and diameter of the cyst being removed.
If you are looking for a cyst removal, Dr. Bailey may offer you one of these options:
Injection: This treatment involves injecting the cyst with a medication that reduces its swelling and inflammation.
Incision and drainage: With this method, our Dermatologist makes a small cut in the cyst and gently squeezes it to remove the content. This is a quick and easy method, but the cysts usually come back after this treatment.
Minor surgery: This consists of surgically removing the entire cyst. This minor surgery is safe and effective, and usually prevents the cysts from coming back. If the cyst is inflamed, we may recommend delaying the surgery and taking oral antibiotics. It is necessary to emphasize that only a Dermatologist can accurately diagnose a cyst or lipoma, and only a trained Surgical Dermatologist should be excising cysts. In rare cases, if the cyst is extremely large, then a Plastic Surgeon may be recommended to excise the lesion.
Before the procedure – Dr. Bailey will evaluate your skin, measure the area, ask about your medical history, and inform you about the most appropriate procedure for your case.
During the procedure – The lesion will be injected with local anesthetic. After the anesthetic, patients will feel no pain or discomfort. These procedures typically take 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the growth.
After the procedure – Avoid sun exposure and continue to follow post-surgical instructions given by Dr. Bailey. Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours following the procedure to prevent bleeding.
How is the cyst removed?
The excision is performed under local anesthesia. The cyst will be removed using either a punch excision or a scalpel depending on the size of the cyst. Careful analysis of the cyst is done by our Surgical Dermatologist to ensure the entire base has been removed and the cyst will not recur. The wound is then closed with stitches. At FCP Dermatology, your cyst is sent to an exclusive specialized Dermatopathologist for review.
Sebaceous cysts are benign and do not pose any health risk. Cysts will not go away on their own and can sometimes grow to a size which makes surgically removing them more difficult. If the cyst is not fully removed, it may recur. If this happens, a re-excision can be done.
A cyst can be permanently removed in about 20-30 minutes by our Surgical Dermatologist at FCP Dermatology, leaving minimal scarring depending on the size of the cyst.
Cysts are benign lesions, and their removal is a cosmetic procedure. This procedure is not covered by OHIP.
Our Dermatologist will carefully assess the growth and advise you on the appropriate steps to follow. Only a Surgical Dermatologist has the professional training to recognize all skin lesions and determine the appropriate treatment.
- Scar (usually minimal).
- Possibility of infection.
- Nerve damage (extremely rare).
- Local bleeding.
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia or used products.
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