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What is a Sebaceous Cyst?

A sebaceous cyst is a skin cyst that appears when the sebaceous gland gets blocked or damaged. It commonly appears around the face, ear, trunk, head, or groin region. It grows slowly and rarely causes pain. Small cysts may also disappear after some time but in case the size is large, you may have to opt for draining or surgical procedure, especially if the cyst is swollen or painful.

You can get in touch with Pristyn Care and consult our expert plastic surgeons to find out the most plausible treatment method for sebaceous cysts.

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Overview

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Complications if sebaceous cyst is left untreated
  • The cyst may grow larger
  • The cyst may become infected
  • There might be pus accumulationCellulitis
  • Abscess formation
  • Septicemia (blood poisoning)
Where do sebaceous cysts commonly appear?
  • Chest
  • Neck
  • Face
  • Back
  • Head
  • Scalp
What does a sebaceous cyst look like?
  • Skin colored/tan/yellowish bump
  • Swollen & red if infected
  • A pointy black tip that may drain fluid
  • Filled with thick and oily sebum
Surgical Treatments for Sebaceous Cyst Removal
  • Lancing
  • Conventional Wide Excision Surgery
  • Minimal Excision Surgery
  • Punch Biopsy Excision
  • Laser Aided Excision
Sebaceous Cyst in Different Languages
  • Sebaceous Cyst in Hindi- सिबेशियस सिस्ट
  • Sebaceous Cyst in Tamil- சரும மெழுகு நீர்க்கட்டி
  • Sebaceous Cyst in Telugu- సేబాషియస్ తిత్తి
  • Sebaceous Cyst in Bengali- সেবাসিয়াস সিস্ট
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Treatment

Diagnosis

For proper diagnosis of a sebaceous cyst, the doctor will first ask for your medical history and perform a physical examination. The appearance of the cyst is usually enough to determine whether the lump on your skin is a sebaceous cyst or not.

If the physical exam cannot provide clear evidence, the doctor may suggest the following tests:

  • Ultrasound- An ultrasound will help the doctor to take a look at the cyst contents.
  • CT Scan- A CT scan or other imaging tests are usually recommended when the surgeon suspects that the cyst may require surgical treatment. This test helps the doctor to identify the abnormalities in the cyst and identify the best route for treatment.
  • Punch Biopsy- A punch biopsy may be required to confirm whether the skin lump is cancerous or not. A small amount of tissue will be taken from the cyst and examined to look for signs of cancer.

After seeing the results of these tests, the doctor will suggest the most plausible treatment method for the patient.

Surgery

At Pristyn Care, Kochi, our plastic surgeons employ the advanced and conventional techniques as required to treat a sebaceous cyst.

In case the cyst is small yet bothersome for the patient, the doctor may use a steroid drug to control and manage the symptoms. If the cyst grows significantly and becomes large, tender, or inflamed, the doctor will suggest draining or surgical removal.

The standard procedures employed by Pristyn Care’s plastic surgeons are:

  • Conventional Wide Excision- In this procedure, the surgeon makes a large incision around the lump, drains its contents, and excises the skin that is inflamed or infected.
  • Minimally Invasive Excision- As the name suggests, the procedure is carried out through a tiny incision. The cyst is drained and only the infected skin tissues are excised, thereby treating the sebaceous cyst.

Both these methods are safe and effective in treating a sebaceous cyst treat regardless of its size and leave almost negligible chances of recurrence. If you have been diagnosed with a sebaceous cyst, you can get in touch with Pristyn Care and consult our plastic surgeons to learn more about the excision procedures.

Why Pristyn Care?

Delivering Seamless Surgical Experience in India

01.

Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Your safety is taken care of by thermal screening, social distancing, sanitized clinics and hospital rooms, sterilized surgical equipment and mandatory PPE kits during surgery.

02.

Assisted Surgery Experience

A dedicated Care Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.

03.

Medical Expertise With Technology

Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.

04.

Post Surgery Care

We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a needle to drain a sebaceous cyst?

No. You should not use a needle to drain the contents of sebaceous cysts yourself. Instead, you can get help from a doctor and they can suggest the fine-needle aspiration method to drain the cyst. In the procedure, a thin needle is inserted into the cyst and the liquid is drained carefully. It is often used when the cyst appears in the breast region. You can learn more about the procedure from expert doctors.

What happens if a sebaceous cyst pops out?

If a sebaceous cyst pops out on its own or you do it yourself, it can lead to an infection. And even if the cyst doesn’t get infected, there are possibilities that the entire cyst won’t be removed when you pop it out. As a result, you may need more extensive dermatological treatment in the future. Therefore, it is suggested that you leave the treatment to the experts.

Who should I consult to explore the treatment options for sebaceous cysts?

As cysts appear on the skin, you can consult either a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon for treatment. The doctor will diagnose the condition and suggest the most appropriate treatment method as per the severity of the problem. Most probably, you will have to undergo surgery for the removal of sebaceous cysts.

Where can I undergo sebaceous cyst surgery in Kochi?

You can undergo sebaceous cyst surgery in Kochi under the care of Pristyn Care’s expert plastic surgeons. We have multiple clinics and hospitals working in association with us that houses advanced technologies and follow all safety measures. You only need to contact us and we will provide you the list of medical centers where you can get surgical treatment.

Which is the best treatment method for sebaceous cyst- draining or surgery?

The best treatment method for sebaceous cyst is surgery. You can opt for the draining method but there will be higher chances of failure and recurrence in case the cyst contents are not drained entirely. Through surgery, the content of the cyst as well as the infected skin is excised properly. Therefore, it is a safer and more effective treatment method.

How much does sebaceous cyst surgery cost in Kochi?

On average, sebaceous cyst surgery will cost around Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000 in Kochi. But this price will be different at different hospitals and vary significantly depending on factors like number, size, and location of the cyst along with other factors. Hence, the best thing is that you contact the healthcare provider and get an estimate from them.

Can I use health insurance to get sebaceous cyst treatment at Pristyn Care?

Yes. You can use health insurance to cover the entire cost of sebaceous cyst surgery in Kochi while getting treatment at Pristyn Care. We accept all major insurance and our medical coordinators also provide complete assistance with all the paperwork and claim process to take away all the hassles of dealing with insurance providers.

What can happen if a cyst is left untreated?

If a cyst is left untreated for a long time, it can become infected and get filled with bacteria and pus. This can lead to the formation of an abscess that can burst inside the body and cause blood poisoning. This can pose a risk to your life. Therefore, it is always suggested that you seek help from an expert.

Can sebaceous cyst occur on the scrotum? 

Yes. A sebaceous cyst can appear anywhere, including the scrotum. There is another type of cyst, known as an epidermoid cyst that can appear on the scrotum. You should get the cyst diagnosed and seek proper treatment for it to prevent complications.

Can sebaceous cyst burst on its own? 

Yes. Without proper treatment, there are chances that the sebaceous cyst will eventually grow larger and burst on its own. After the rupture, the cyst may start draining and continue growing as the cyst wall won’t be detached.

Can sebaceous cysts be painful? 

Sebaceous cysts usually don’t hurt at all. However, they may become tender and cause soreness in the skin if they get infected. You may also experience foul-smelling discharge from the cyst due to infection.

Is it possible to treat infected sebaceous cysts with antibiotics?

No. Antibiotics are needed to treat the infection present in the sebaceous cyst. As long as the cyst is infected, the surgeon won’t be able to remove it without risking the spread of the infection. Therefore, antibiotics are prescribed first to control the infection, then the cyst is excised.

Is sebaceous cyst contagious?

No. A sebaceous cyst is not contagious. However, if the cyst gets infected, the infection can spread to the surrounding tissues and cause irritation in the skin.

Is there any homeopathic medicine for a sebaceous cyst? 

There are several homeopathic medicines available for sebaceous cysts.

  • Silicea
  • Baryta Carb
  • Graphites
  • Thuja
  • Hepar Sulph
  • Kali Bromatum
  • Lobelia Inflata

However, there is no scientific evidence that these medicines work effectively to treat sebaceous cysts.

What are the common home remedies for a sebaceous cyst?

The different home remedies that can help to manage and control the symptoms of pain caused by sebaceous cyst are:

  • Warm compress
  • Application of castor oil, tea tree oil, turmeric, coconut oil,
  • Drinking apple cider vinegar
  • Take bath in Epsom salt
  • Apply aloe vera gel

Using these home remedies may alleviate the pain by reducing the inflammation. But make sure that you ask your doctors before trying out these things.

Can I remove the sebaceous cyst myself? 

No. You should never try to remove a cyst yourself as it can cause inflammation and infection. Moreover, it will be impossible for you to maintain a sterile environment and lance the cyst completely at home. This will only increase the chances of recurrence.

Which doctor should I consult for sebaceous cyst treatment?

You can consult a dermatologist and a plastic surgeon for sebaceous cyst treatment. Both these types of doctors have ample knowledge and expertise in removing all kinds of cysts.

How do I find the best sebaceous cyst doctor in Kochi?

When you are trying to find the best sebaceous cyst doctor in Kochi, try following the tips below:

  • Ask your primary care provider, family, or friends for recommendations.
  • Check the doctor’s qualifications, certification, and license.
  • See how many years of experience the doctor has and how many surgeries he/she has performed over the years.
  • Book a consultation with the doctor and check the quality of care he/she provides.
  • Analyze the quality of medical care at the hospital or clinic the doctor is associated with.
  • See if the treatment with the specific doctor is affordable or not.
Is sebaceous cyst surgery safe?

Yes. Sebaceous cyst surgery is completely safe as it is performed by experienced surgeons who have excellent skills and ample knowledge. Moreover, the techniques available for sebaceous cyst removal are also minimally invasive. Therefore, the chances of removing the cyst successfully are higher.

Does sebaceous cyst return after surgery?

If the cyst contents are drained and the cyst wall is also removed during the surgical procedure with precision, then the sebaceous cyst will most certainly not recur. However, another cyst can appear in a nearby location due to the damaged sebaceous glands.

Seek Advanced Care for Sebaceous Cyst Removal with Pristyn Care

A sebaceous cyst may not sound like a serious problem but it sure looks ugly and has other risks like infection, inflammation, or sepsis. In rare cases, these benign skin cysts can also become cancerous. If you don’t want to face such extremities, we suggest that you get the cyst removed as soon as possible. When the cyst is small and painless, it will be easier to drain its content and remove the infected tissues through excision. However, if the cyst becomes large, there will be risks and complications associated with the procedure, not to mention that the chances of recurrence also increases.

Pristyn Care provides advanced treatment for sebaceous cysts in Kochi so that any person who needs to get rid of these skin lumps can do so easily. We make the treatment easily accessible and also use the conventional wide excision and minimal excision technique for a quick and safe solution. You can get in touch with Pristyn Care and learn everything about the treatment methods in detail from the most experienced plastic surgeons.

Find the Best Plastic Surgeon for Sebaceous Cyst Treatment in Kochi

It is never easy to find the best plastic surgeon when there are so many options available. Pristyn Care understands this and narrows down your options to the best ones. We have our own team of doctors and consultants in Kochi who you can consult for sebaceous cyst treatment.

We provide detailed information about our plastic surgeons, including their qualifications, certificates, experience, consultation fee, and earliest availability. This helps the patient to analyze the expertise of the doctor to some extent.

You can explore our doctor’s profile and review the patient testimonials as well to see how our previous patients were treated. Besides the knowledge and surgical expertise of the doctors, their communication skills also matter a lot. Therefore, our doctors also pay special attention to the patient’s needs.

Pristyn Care provides all the necessary information about the doctors so that you can decide who you want to consult. You can undergo sebaceous cyst removal surgery after you are satisfied with your choice. If you need any kind of information regarding the doctors, you can get in touch with us.

Pristyn Care Doctors Also Provide Post-Surgery Care to Help Patients Recover Faster

At Pristyn Care, you don’t just meet with plastic surgeons who will perform your surgery, you will meet a medical caregiver who is dedicated to providing optimal care without any compromise. Our doctors care about the patients and do their best to make every step of the treatment journey simple and comfortable.

The same is true even after you go home after surgery. Before you leave the hospital/clinic, our doctors will create a detailed guide that entails the recovery tips and instructions that you need to follow for a faster and smoother recovery. Some of these tips are:

  • Get plenty of rest on the day of surgery and sleep well.
  • You may notice some bloody drainage from the wound which is normal. So, don’t freak out and continue using ice packs to reduce the swelling and inflammation after the surgery.
  • Follow your normal diet unless the surgeon instructs you to make some changes for faster healing.
  • Do not engage in activities that can strain the skin around the stitches. This will cause pain and blood drainage from the incision.
  • You may also risk opening up your wound.
  • Take the medications as prescribed by the doctor without fail.
  • Always follow up with the doctor after a specific period of time to monitor the progress.
  • Notify your doctor or seek immediate medical care if you have a consistently high fever, redness or excessive swelling around the incision, or immense pain abruptly.

Visit The Nearest Pristyn Care Clinic or Associated Hospital to Undergo Surgery in a Safe Environment

As Pristyn Care is associated with the top hospitals and clinics in Kochi, you can visit any of these medical centers and consult with our experts. All the medical centers have state-of-the-art facilities and USFDA-approved technologies to provide the best quality treatment in a safe and sound environment.

We also make sure that everyone who enters the premises adheres to the safety guidelines against COVID-19, goes through thermal screening, and following social distancing rules strictly. Alongside this, the facilities are regularly sanitized for maximum safety. You can visit our centers for a consultation first and see the clean and hygienic environment before making the decision to undergo surgery at a Pristyn Care-associated hospital or clinic.

Schedule An Appointment with Pristyn Care At Your Convenience

Pristyn Care intends to make every aspect of treatment convenient for the patients. This includes making the appointment process smooth and easy. You can book an appointment with us using any of the following ways:

  • Give us a call on the number given above and talk to our representatives to confirm your appointment. Our representatives will provide you a list of doctors and the nearest hospitals and clinics where you can consult with the doctors. You can make the decision as per your availability and consult with the doctor.
  • Fill the “Book Appointment” form and submit your details. Our medical coordinators will get back to you and provide the list of doctors and nearest medical centers that you can visit for a consultation. The appointment will be confirmed at your own specified date and time.
  • Download the Patient mobile application on your phone and explore the list of doctors personally with ratings and consultation fees. You can pick a doctor of your choice and confirm the appointment at your convenience.

Along with this, you can also opt for online consultation where you can talk to a medical expert over a virtual call and discuss your problem without any hesitation.

Sebaceous Cyst Vs. Epidermoid Cyst

A sebaceous cyst is commonly found on the face, neck, and torso. It usually forms when the sebaceous glands are damaged or traumatized due to cuts, injuries, or surgical wounds. It is a non-cancerous and slow-growing cyst that may cause pain or put pressure on the area.

Unlike a sebaceous cyst, an epidermoid cyst is a slow-growing benign cyst that is commonly found on the face, neck, head, and genitals. It appears when keratin starts to build up under the skin. The epidermoid cyst has a skin-colored, tanned, or yellowish appearance and is filled with thick material. An epidermoid cyst may become swollen or red if it gets inflamed or infected.

How to prepare for sebaceous cyst removal?

To prepare your body for a surgical procedure, the doctor will first ask you to get tested properly. These tests will evaluate your overall health and help the doctor to determine what precautions need to be taken during sebaceous cyst removal.

Other than tests, the doctor may ask the following things to prepare you for the surgery:

  • Stop smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Do not try to press or pop the cyst.
  • Do not eat anything 8 hours before the surgery.
  • Avoid wearing makeup on the day of surgery.
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes that you can change easily before and after the procedure.
  • Keep your insurance papers ready prior to admission to the hospital.

Besides these, no further preparations are required for sebaceous cyst removal surgery. The anesthetist will also ask if you have an allergy to some foods or compounds to determine what type of anesthesia will be appropriate to use. Standard tests, like liver function tests, blood tests, blood pressure examinations, etc. will also be performed right before the surgery.

Sebaceous Cyst Surgery Recovery Time & Tips

As sebaceous cyst excision is not a major surgery, the patient recovers quickly without any complications. The average recovery time after sebaceous cyst surgery is 2-3 weeks and that too if the cyst was infected or very large. After a small-sized cyst excision, the patient may only need around 1 week to recover completely.

On the day of surgery, you will be asked to take complete rest as the body will still have the lingering effects from anesthesia. Here are some tips that you should follow during the recovery phase to get back to your daily routine as soon as possible:

  • Keep the wound covered with a dry bandage. There may be some drainage from the wound for a couple of days. So, you’ll have to change the bandages frequently.
  • If gauze is placed over the wound, you may have to get it removed after some time. Or the doctor will tell you how to remove the gauze yourself.
  • If oral antibiotics or pain medications are prescribed by the doctor, make sure that you take the medicines as directed.
  • Do not push your body to its limits. In the initial days, the body itself will tell you when to resume a specific activity.
  • There will be no restrictions on diet. But it will be better if you eat a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of fiber and water content.
  • Take follow-ups with the doctor after the first week and then as suggested to monitor the recovery and identify complications (if any) before they become serious.

You can contact the doctor for help at any time during the recovery as well.

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