Sebaceous Cyst Removal Glasgow

Sebaceous Cyst Removal Glasgow

Sebaceous CystRemoval

A sebaceous cyst is a bump containing fluid that forms under your skin. They can only be removed by a qualified healthcare professional, such as a dermatologist or general practitioner. Consultation: £80Excision and suturing: £525

Why come to us?
The difference between us and others providing this service is that we are Health Improvement Scotland regulated. Health Improvement Scotland is the regulatory body for private hospitals and private doctor clinics.

What are the benefits of sebaceous cyst removal?
The benefits of getting a sebaceous cyst removed include: relief from discomfort, prevention of infection, improved aesthetics, reduced risk of rupture, prevention of recurrence, better skin healing and functional improvement.

How long will it take to see results?
Results are seen immediately after treatment and it will take a few weeks for the wound to heal and then the stitches are removed.

What is a Sebaceous Cyst?

A sebaceous cyst is a fluid-filled lump that forms under your skin. Despite the name, it isn’t filled with sebum (an oily substance). Instead, it contains keratin, a protein found in your skin, hair, and nails. Many people call these cysts “epidermoid cysts,” which is more accurate.

Common Locations
Sebaceous cysts can appear almost anywhere on your body, including areas like the scalp, where sebaceous cyst removal on the head might be necessary for medical reasons.

  • Face
  • Scalp
  • Neck
  • Back

These areas are more prone to epidermoid cyst formation due to the presence of hair follicles and skin glands.

Cyst removal process

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Before & After
Patient results after minor surgery treatment. Patient had minor surgery for a sebaceous cyst on her scalp. These are the before and after pictures. The post operative photo was taken 3 months after the procedure. From the images you can see that the cyst was completely removed, and the wound edges are well opposed to allow for wound healing.



Cyst removal process

How Common are Sebaceous Cysts?

Sebaceous cysts are the most common type of skin cyst. They frequently occur in adults aged 20 to 60. This age range is when your skin is most active in producing keratin and other substances. These epidermoid cysts are more common in males.

What Does a Sebaceous Cyst Look Like?
Sebaceous cysts have distinct features that make them easy to identify. Here’s what you should look for:

  • Appearance: They appear as a round bump or a dome-shaped lump under the skin.
  • Size: Sizes vary significantly. Some sebaceous cysts are as small as 0.25 inches, while others can grow over 2 inches.
  • Features: A key characteristic is a dark dot in the center, known as a punctum. This dot marks the opening where the epidermoid cyst connects to the surface.
  • Texture: When you touch them, they can feel tender and warm. Also, they are usually movable, meaning you can push them around under the skin.

What is the Content of a Sebaceous Cyst?
Inside a sebaceous cyst, you’ll find a unique mixture of substances:

  • Filled with Keratin and Cell Debris: The sebaceous cyst is filled with keratin and other cell debris.
  • Substance: When drained, the content is thick and yellow. It often has a foul smell, which is a distinctive feature of these sebaceous cysts.

Complications and Risks of Sebaceous Cysts

Sebaceous cysts, while generally harmless, can lead to several complications:

Inflammation: When a sebaceous cyst becomes inflamed, it can swell and become tender to the touch. The area around the sebaceous cyst may turn red and feel warm. This inflammation often occurs if the sebaceous cyst is irritated by clothing or physical activity.

Infection: A sebaceous cyst can become infected, leading to more severe symptoms. If bacteria enter the sebaceous cyst, you might experience:

  • Swelling: The area around the epidermoid cyst may swell significantly.
  • Pain: Infected sebaceous cysts can be quite painful. The pain might increase if the sebaceous cyst is pressed or touched.
  • Skin Discoloration: The skin around the sebaceous cyst can turn red or darker than your usual skin tone. This discoloration is a sign that your body is fighting an infection.

Rupture: Sometimes, a sebaceous cyst can rupture, especially if it is squeezed or subjected to trauma. When a sebaceous cyst ruptures:

  • Pain: You might feel a sudden increase in pain at the site of the cyst.
  • Drainage: The epidermoid cyst will release its contents, which can be thick and yellow with a foul smell. The drainage can cause skin irritation and increase the risk of infection.

Rare Malignancy: Though extremely rare, there have been cases where sebaceous cysts develop into malignant forms such as:

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma: This type of skin cancer can sometimes be found within a sebaceous cyst.
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma: Another type of skin cancer, which is less aggressive but still a concern if detected in a epidermoid cyst.

Removal Procedures

Incision and Drainage: This procedure involves making a small cut in the sebaceous cyst to release the trapped fluid. While this can provide immediate relief, it doesn’t remove the sebaceous cyst’s outer wall, or capsule, so the cyst may return.

Surgical Excision: For a more permanent solution, a healthcare provider can perform surgical excision. During this procedure, the entire epidermoid cyst, including the capsule, is removed. This method greatly reduces the chance of the epidermoid cyst coming back and is usually the route we take,

Sebaceous cysts often form due to a blockage in a hair follicle. Hair follicles are small openings in your skin where hair grows. When these openings get blocked, the trapped cells and keratin build up under the skin, creating an epidermoid cyst.

Skin Injury
Skin injuries can also lead to the formation of sebaceous cysts. When your skin is injured, cells can get trapped beneath the surface. This is common with conditions like acne. These trapped cells then gather keratin, forming a epidermoid cyst.

Non-Hairy Areas
Sebaceous cysts can form even in areas without hair. Trauma to hairless regions of your skin can push skin cells into deeper layers. These cells then get trapped and form a epidermoid cyst. For example, a minor surgical wound or a scratch can result in a sebaceous cyst in a non-hairy area.

Genetic Conditions
Certain genetic conditions are linked to sebaceous cysts. These conditions make individuals more prone to developing multiple epidermoid cysts. Some of these conditions include:

  • Gardner Syndrome: A disorder that leads to the growth of multiple sebaceous cysts and other tumors.
  • Gorlin Syndrome: Also known as basal cell nevus syndrome, this condition increases the risk of various sebaceous cysts and skin abnormalities.

Preventing sebaceous cysts involves taking proactive steps to maintain healthy skin and being aware of certain risk factors. Here are some practical tips:

Skin Care
Avoiding injury or trauma to the skin reduces the risk of developing sebaceous cysts. Here are some strategies:

  • Gentle Cleansing: Use mild soaps and avoid harsh scrubbing, which can irritate the skin and lead to cyst formation.
  • Protection: Wear protective gear when engaging in activities that could cause skin injuries, like sports or manual labor.

Treat Skin Conditions
Managing acne and other skin disorders effectively can prevent epidermoid cysts from forming:

  • Acne Treatment: Use acne treatments recommended by dermatologists. Over-the-counter products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can help.
  • Regular Moisturizing: Keep your skin hydrated. Dry skin can crack and become more susceptible to blockages that lead to sebaceous cysts.

Genetic Factors
Awareness of genetic conditions is crucial if you have a family history of cysts:

  • Genetic Counseling: Seek advice from a genetic counselor if conditions like Gardner syndrome or Gorlin syndrome run in your family. They can provide guidance on managing your risk.
  • Early Detection: Be vigilant about any new lumps or bumps on your skin. Early detection can help manage potential issues before they become problematic.

Treating a sebaceous cyst often starts with simple home remedies and progresses to medical treatments if needed. Here’s what you can do:

  • Warm Compress: Applying a warm compress can help reduce swelling and ease discomfort. Place a warm, damp cloth over the sebaceous cyst for about 20 minutes several times a day. This method can soften the sebaceous cyst and promote drainage.
  • Steroid Injections: Your doctor might inject a steroid directly into the epidermoid cyst. This can temporarily reduce swelling and make the epidermoid cyst less noticeable. However, this is usually a short-term fix.
  • Antibiotics: If the sebaceous cyst becomes inflamed or infected, antibiotics may be necessary. These medications help fight the infection and reduce symptoms like pain and redness.

Sometimes, home remedies and medications aren’t enough. In these cases, sebaceous cyst removal procedures may be necessary:

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