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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 a draining or surgical procedure, especially if the cyst is swollen or uncomfortable.

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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    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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    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.


    At Pristyn Care, Mumbai, 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 choose Pristyn Care for Sebaceous Cyst Removal Surgery

    Delivering Seamless Surgical Experience in India


    Advanced Sebaceous Cyst Removal Surgery

    At Pristyn Care, we leverage minimal excision and wide-excision techniques to effectively remove the sebaceous cyst and its wall.


    Expert Plastic Surgeons

    We have well-trained plastic surgeons with 10+ years of experience and ample knowledge to perform the surgery safely. Our doctors compile a customized treatment plan for each patient.


    Minimal Scarring

    Sebaceous cyst removal surgery is a minimally invasive procedure. There is no major scarring after the treatment. Thus, the surgery has no aesthetic downside.


    Low Recurrence Rate

    Our doctors ensure that the cyst is properly removed, along with the cyst wall. Thus, the recurrence rate is almost negligible.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Should I remove or pop out the sebaceous cyst?

    No. Removing or popping out the sebaceous cyst can increase the risk of infection and inflammation. Therefore, you should never try to pop or remove the sebaceous cyst yourself. Let an expert handle the problem to get rid of the cyst safely and effectively.

    How can I find the best doctor for cyst removal in Mumbai?

    You can find the best doctor for sebaceous cyst removal at Pristyn Care. We house the best team of plastic surgeons in Mumbai who are well-trained and experienced in performing minimally invasive surgeries. You can call us anytime and we will connect you with the most reliable and reputed plastic surgeons for the removal of sebaceous cysts.

    Will a sebaceous cyst go away on its own?

    There is a possibility that the sebaceous cyst may disappear on its own if the size of the cyst is small. However, if the cyst becomes larger than 2cm, it doesn’t go away on its own. You may require medical or surgical treatment to resolve this problem.

    What is the cost of sebaceous cyst removal surgery in Mumbai?

    The average cost of sebaceous cyst removal ranges from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000. However, the final cost of treatment may vary due to various factors, such as size, number, and location of the cyst, the doctor’s fee, the technique used, etc. You can get an estimate of the overall cost of treatment from the healthcare provider directly.

    Is sebaceous cyst surgery covered under insurance in Mumbai?

    Yes. Sebaceous cyst surgery is generally covered under insurance policies offered by major insurance providers. For more information, you can talk to your insurers or Pristyn Care. At Pristyn Care, we have a specialized team that will handle all insurance-related formalities, paperwork, and claim process on your behalf.

    What are the benefits of the sebaceous cyst excision procedure?

    The key benefits of the sebaceous cyst excision procedure involve:

    • Painless procedure
    • Minimal chances of recurrence
    • Quick surgery with same-day discharge
    • Resume daily activities on the next day
    • No side effects of the surgery

    Is sebaceous cyst removal surgery really hurts?

    You will be sedated during the procedure to ensure that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort in the surgical site. After the anesthesia wears off, you may feel pain similar to a small sting of a usually bearable shot.

    How long does it take to recover after sebaceous cyst surgery?

    The recovery period after surgery depends on the technique used for the treatment. For instance, if the minimal excision technique is used, you will need a few weeks to heal properly. However, if you undergo conventional excision surgery, you will need about 3-4 weeks to heal completely.

    Will a sebaceous cyst come back after surgery?

    No. The sebaceous cyst won’t come back after surgery. Surgical removal ensures that the infected and inflamed tissues are removed properly. However, if the cyst still comes back, you should get it checked immediately as a recurrent and quickly-growing cyst can be a sign of skin cancer.

    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 hurtful? 

    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 Mumbai?

    When you are trying to find the best sebaceous cyst doctor in Mumbai, 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.

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    Seek Advanced Treatment for Sebaceous Cyst in Mumbai at Pristyn Care

    If you have a lump on any part of your skin and want to get rid of it, get in touch with Pristyn Care. One of the worst things about sebaceous cysts is that they can appear at any part of the skin and can last for a lifetime without proper treatment. Though these types of cysts grow very slowly, they have the potential to become cancerous. To prevent that from happening, it is crucial that you get proper treatment.

    At Pristyn Care, you can seek advanced treatment for sebaceous cysts. Our surgeons leverage the conventional wide excision method and minimal excision method, both of which are safe and effective for cyst removal. With our experienced plastic surgeons and USFDA approved techniques, we help the patients to get rid of the skin cysts in a safe, effective and scarless manner. You can get in touch with Pristyn Care anytime and consult our doctors to learn more about the procedures.

    Get Rid of Sebaceous Cysts from Any Part of Your Body

    Sebaceous cysts can appear on the scalp, neck, torso, and even in the groin region. Regardless of the location, the cyst is usually filled with protein buildup and causes no harm. However, in some locations, they can cause discomfort such as the scalp. Every time you try to comb your hair, you may end up rubbing the superficial skin and increase the risk of popping out the cyst that can lead to infection. The same problem can arise in other parts of your skin.

    Though most people choose the removal procedure due to cosmetic reasons, in some cases, excision of the cyst becomes a medical emergency. Therefore, it is better that you get the cyst removed while it exhibits no pain, symptoms, or other issues so that there will be negligible risks and complications associated with the procedure. You can talk to our expert surgeons to understand how sebaceous cysts can be harmful to your health and appearance and learn more about the treatment as well.

    Consult Pristyn Care’s Experienced Plastic Surgeons in Mumbai

    Only an experienced surgeon can guide you thoroughly regarding the treatment procedures. That’s why we house a team of plastic surgeons in Mumbai that has ample experience in performing sebaceous cyst excision as well as other cosmetic procedures. Our doctors will provide all the necessary information about the surgery, its risks, complications, and aftereffects. This will help you to make an informed decision before undergoing surgery.

    Our doctors and the non-medical staff work coherently to create a safe and sound environment for the patients as well so that they can open up about their concerns without any hesitation. The doctors will clear every doubt and concern from your mind and provide an honest opinion. For our doctors, the quality of medical care and the patient’s health matters equally. Thus, they won’t suggest any choice that can jeopardize your health.

    You can rely on Pristyn Care’s surgeons as they are specially trained and skilled in all kinds of procedures. They will also provide a recovery guide and post-surgery consultation whenever you need it.

    Undergo Sebaceous Cyst Excision Surgery at the Best Hospital/Clinic in Mumbai

    Pristyn Care is associated with top hospitals and clinics in Mumbai where you can undergo sebaceous surgery. Our partnered medical centers have state-of-the-art facilities and the latest technologies to maintain a high standard of medical care. At our clinics and hospitals, we also ensure that everyone follows the safety protocols against the spread of coronavirus and its variants. For that, we have employed thermal screening and social distancing rules for the protection of our patients under all circumstances.

    You can visit the center before having the surgery there and see whether the surrounding is clean and hygienic or not. This will help you analyze the quality of service we offer. To learn more about the safety policies and other steps we take for patient’s safety, you can directly talk to our medical coordinators.

    What are post-surgery care after a sebaceous cyst excision?

    Generally, the sebaceous cyst removal procedure is safe and effective. However, few patients may experience minor side effects after the surgery for a while, such as redness, swelling, burning sensation, etc.

    As long as you follow the care tips and instructions given by the plastic surgeon, your recovery will be smoother and faster. These tips include:

    • Keep the surgical site clean and sterile.
    • Apply the prescribed ointments on the wound and take all the medications as directed.
    • Avoid direct exposure to the sun for at least one week.
    • Complete your antibiotic medicine course without failure to prevent infections.
    • Take a healthy and balanced diet composed of fiber.
    • Drink plenty of water and liquids.
    • Continue mild and regular exercise only after the surgeon gives you permission.

    If you have any questions regarding the recovery period, you can always get back to our doctors and consult them.

    Book An Appointment with Pristyn Care to Get All The Help You Need

    To get in touch with Pristyn Care’s medical experts, you can opt for any of the following methods:

    • Give us a call and talk to our medical coordinators.
    • Fill the “Book Appointment” form and confirm the appointment after talking to our representatives.
    • Download the Patient mobile application and explore the list of doctors to schedule an appointment with the doctor of your choice.

    You can get help from our surgeons through online or offline consultation. Our doctors will be available before surgery and for post-surgery care to provide optimal care from the first to the last step of the treatment journey.

    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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