Cysts are pockets of membranous tissue that contain fluid, air, or other substances. There are many different types of cysts and they can grow almost anywhere in your body and under your skin. They often feel like large peas under the surface of the skin. While they can be painful or tender, most cysts are benign (noncancerous).
A cyst will not heal until it is lanced and drained or surgically excised. Without treatment, cysts will eventually rupture and partially drain. Cysts can also become infected which may cause discomfort. If a sebaceous cyst ruptures, it will likely return if the pocket lining (sac) is not removed entirely.
The Ideal Candidate
Following a consultation with Dr. Sleightholm, most people can safely undergo cyst removal surgery.
Because cysts can form anywhere on the body, there are no specific target areas. However, cysts often develop as a result of infection, clogging of sebaceous glands (oil glands), or around foreign bodies, such as earrings.
This procedure starts at $500.
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The Ideal Candidate
Someone who has already reached (or neared) their ideal weight but still has stubborn fat in a few key spots.
Hips, abdomen, arms, thighs, love handles, chest, buttocks, and neckline (around the chin).
$5,000 – $10,000
2-5 days off work
4-6 weeks without strenuous exercise
The Treatment Process
Should a patient not want a scar, simply draining the cyst is an option. However, the cyst will fill again and require further draining.
For some cysts – ganglion, Baker’s, and dermoid cysts – surgery will be presented as an option. Local anesthetic will be used to numb the area.
Under local anesthetic, the doctor will make a small incision through which the cyst can be drained and removed.
After making a small cut, the doctor will remove the cyst, a scar may result. The size of the scar is dependant on several factors, including the size of the cyst.
While there is typically no pain involved in cyst removal, some tenderness may occur after the procedure.
It is possible for Ganglion and Baker’s cysts to reoccur after surgery.
Patients can return to work immediately. Sutures can be removed 7 to 10 days post procedure.