Sebaceous cyst Removal Treatment
Sebaceous cysts are common noncancerous cysts of the skin. Sebaceous cysts are mostly found on the face, scalp, neck, or torso. They grow slowly and are not life-threatening, but they may become uncomfortable and can become infected.
Sebaceous cysts form from blocked sebaceous gland. The sebaceous gland produces the oil called sebum that coats your hair and skin. Cysts can develop if the gland or its duct, the passage where oil is able to leave,
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These cysts may be found on the trunk, face, neck and most commonly the scalp. Generally, they are benign painless lumps under the skin, but have the potential to become painful and/or infected. This is best avoided by removal under local anesthesia.
What is a sebaceous cyst?
A cyst usually is a slow-growing lump that can move easily under the skin. These cysts are closed sacs that can be found under the skin of the entire body (except the palms of the hands and soles of the feet).
What causes sebaceous cysts?
Sebaceous cysts may be caused by blocked glands or swollen hair follicles in the skin. Trauma to skin has been reported, as well. Cysts sometimes are inherited.
What are the symptoms of sebaceous cysts?
The main symptom of a sebaceous cyst is that it is a lump under the skin. The lump is usually not painful. In some cases, however, cysts can get inflamed and become tender to the touch. The skin on the area of the cyst may be red and warm. Drainage from the cyst will appear grayish-white and cheese-like, and will have a foul smell.
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Symptoms caused by sebaceous cyst
Small cysts are typically not painful. Large cysts can range from uncomfortable to considerably painful. Large cysts on the face and neck may cause pressure and pain.
This type of cyst is typically filled with white flakes of keratin, which is also a key element that makes up your skin and nails. Most cysts are soft to the touch.
Areas on the body where cysts are usually found include:
Removal of sebaceous cyst
Normally, cysts are removed under local anesthesia. This is not because they are dangerous but rather for cosmetic reasons. It is important to remember that without surgical removal, your cyst will usually come back. The best treatment is to ensure complete removal through minor surgery under local anesthesia.
Sebaceous cysts are generally not cancerous. Cysts left untreated can become very large and may eventually require surgical removal if they become uncomfortable.
If you have a complete surgical removal, the cyst will most likely not return in the future.