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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

Sebaceous Cyst
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, Pune, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a sebaceous cyst burst?

Yes. A sebaceous cyst can burst or get ruptured under the skin if it gets infected. In such cases, the cyst must be drained and lanced properly. And you will have to take an antibiotic course to make sure that the redness, swelling, and inflammation subsides.

What size of cyst requires surgery?

A cyst that is larger than 5 cm will require surgical removal. Compared to larger cysts, smaller cysts can be easily drained and removed with minimal chances of recurrence. However, a large-sized sebaceous cyst may not be drained completely and if the contents of the cyst are left behind, then the cyst may grow again. Therefore, the best thing to do is to contact a doctor and get their expert opinion to get rid of the cyst.

How much does sebaceous cyst surgery cost in Pune?

The average cost of sebaceous cyst excision will range from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000 approximately. However, the final cost of the treatment may vary as it depends on various factors like size, location, number of cysts, hospital charges, surgeon’s fee, medication required, etc. You can contact the healthcare provider directly to get an estimate of the treatment, particularly for your case.

Is sebaceous cyst treatment in Pune covered under insurance?

Yes. Sebaceous cyst treatment in Pune is covered under insurance. To get more information, you can talk to the respective daycare provider and find out whether the entire surgery cost will be covered under the insurance policy. Or you can contact Pristyn Care and let our medical coordinators aissist you with all the insurance formalities and other hassles associated with the treatment.

How many years of experience does Pristyn Care’s plastic surgeons in Pune have?

In Pune, Pristyn Care houses an experienced team of plastic surgeons who has more than 8 years of experience. Our surgeons are specially trained and skilled in using the conventional as well as latest techniques for a quick solution. You can rely on them and get surgical treatment under their care without any worries.

What is the success rate of sebaceous cyst excision at Pristyn Care?

The success rate of sebaceous cyst excision or any other surgical procedure primarily depends on the surgeon’s skills, the complexity of the condition, and the patient’s healing abilities. At Pristyn Care, we have skilled and experienced surgeons who know how to mitigate the risks in the surgery to reduce the complexity and also provide guidance to improve the patient’s healing abilities. Due to these factors, the success rate of advanced procedure is higher.

Do Pristyn Care doctors provide post-surgery care?

Yes. Our doctors understand the importance of post-surgery care and offer proper guidance. They will create a detailed guide with all the dos and don’ts that will help the patient to recover smoothly and prevent post-surgery complications.

Can I take a shower after cyst removal?

You can take a shower at any time after sebaceous cyst removal but it is recommended that you don’t take a proper bath for at least 2 weeks. Normally, the bandages will be covered with water-proof tapes to ensure that the incision doesn’t get infected.

Why does the discharge from the cyst smell so bad?

The smell that comes from the cyst is of the protein, i.e., keratin that accumulates in the cyst. The cysts are normally made of fat and the protein and fat combined give a foul odor to the discharge.

Will the sebaceous cyst come back after surgery?

Most probably no. A sebaceous cyst won’t come back after surgery as long as the surgeon removes the entire content of the cyst and the infected tissues. If only a small amount of content is left after the procedure, there will be chance of recurrence.

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 Pune?

When you are trying to find the best sebaceous cyst doctor in Pune, 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 Treatment for Sebaceous Cyst in Pune

As sebaceous cysts are often considered harmless, many people leave them untreated for a long time. However, this is never recommended. A sebaceous cyst can get infected and even cause sepsis if the problem is not addressed properly. The best course of action is getting in touch with Pristyn Care and seeking treatment under the care of our expert plastic surgeons.

Once the cyst grows bigger than 2 cm, it can rupture under the skin due to excessive pressure and may cause serious complications. Over time, you may also experience pain and discomfort due to the growing size of the cyst. If the cyst is present on your face or around your neck, you may also feel embarrassed due to its ugly appearance.

Whatever your reason is for seeking treatment for sebaceous cyst, at Pristyn Care, Pune, we can assure you that you will get best-in-class treatment for sebaceous cyst without any compromise. We leverage modern and safer techniques to excise the cyst carefully. You can contact us and learn more about the treatment procedure from our experts directly.

Pristyn Care’s Highly Experienced Plastic Surgeons Are Always Ready To Help

Having the best plastic surgeons for help is the key to getting optimal care. That’s why Pristyn Care houses a team of experienced plastic surgeons in Pune who are certified and well-trained in performing conventional wide excision as well as minimal excision surgeries with precision.

Our doctors have more than 8 years of experience and ample knowledge. You can rely on their suggestions and undergo surgery by their hands without any worries. Our doctors will make sure that you feel safe and understand every aspect of the treatment to make an informed decision.

Our medical staff and non-medical staff work together to provide a seamless experience during the treatment journey. We also appoint a medical coordinator to each patient who handles all the formalities related to the treatment, including insurance paperwork, claim process, booking diagnostic tests, arranging cab service, confirming post-surgery consultation, etc.

Pristyn Care aims to be the leading healthcare provider. Hence, we focus on assisting the patient at every step and make everything simple and easy for them.

Key Advantages of Sebaceous Excision Technique

If you are wondering why we employ conventional wide excision and minimal excision technique for sebaceous cyst removal, then we have a list of advantages of these methods.

  • Both these methods are safe and effective in treating sebaceous cysts.
  • They leave rare chances of recurrence.
  • The surgery only takes around 40 to 60 minutes and doesn’t require prolonged hospitalization.
  • The recovery after the surgical procedures is quick and there are minimal restrictions on the patient.
  • The excision technique has a higher rate of success than other cyst removal procedures.

As long as you are getting treatment from a medical expert, you don’t need to worry about undergoing surgery.

Visit the Nearest Pristyn Care Clinic/Hospital for Sebaceous Cyst Treatment in Pune

To get advanced treatment for sebaceous cyst in Pune, you don’t need to go anywhere. Pristyn Care has its own clinics all across the city and partnered with the top hospitals as well to make the treatment easily accessible for everyone who needs it.

All the associated medical centers are sanitized regularly, have thermal screening, and follow the safety guidelines for protection against the coronavirus and its variants. You can visit the clinic for consultation and check the environment, cleanliness, and hygiene to make a decision about where you wish to undergo surgery.

Book An Appointment with Pristyn Care Today

To consult our doctors or visit the clinic, we suggest that you book an appointment prior to your arrival. This will ensure that you don’t have to wait for a long time to meet the doctor for consultation.

You can book a consultation by calling us on the number given at the top, filling the appointment form, or using the Patient application. In all three ways, you will get a list of doctors that are available at the earliest for consultation along with the date and time options. Schedule your appointment with the doctor at your convenience and choose whether you want to consult with the doctor face-to-face or over the phone.

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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