Cysts are benign growths, filled with fluid or other cellular material, which can occur anywhere on the body. These smooth bumps often range in size from a pebble to a golf ball, and are usually painless unless they become infected. While uninfected cysts are rarely a serious medical concern, patients often want them removed due to cosmetic concerns or irritation if the cyst rubs on clothing. Removal of cysts typically involves surgical excision – cutting out the entire cyst sac to prevent recurrence later on.
If you opt for cyst removal, you will likely see the best results if you go to a plastic surgeon like Dr Teston. These specialists know how to treat a variety of skin problems with attention to the final cosmetic result. Since cyst removal always involves a scar, choosing a surgeon who can minimise the scarring after your procedure will likely offer the most satisfactory results.
At your initial consultation, Dr Teston will assess your cyst to determine whether it is infected. Symptoms of infection might include redness, pain, and rapid enlargement of the cyst. In these situations, Dr Teston will treat the infection before performing cyst removal. This will ensure a more comfortable procedure, better cosmetic results and a lower risk of recurrence.
If the cyst is not infected, excision is typically a straightforward process. Usually you will have treatment on a different day to your consultation, the cyst may be able to be excised in the office or may need treatment in a day surgery unit. Dr Teston will advise you of your best approach based on the size and location of the cyst.
Dr Teston performs nearly all of her cyst removals as a day surgery, usually using local anaesthesia. General anaesthesia may be recommended if the cyst is substantial or if multiple cysts will be removed in a single operation. Dr Teston will make an incision about the size of the cyst to remove the sac as well as the contents inside, to minimise your risk of recurrence.
While there is no way to avoid a scar after cyst removal, Dr Teston is trained to place incisions according to the natural lines in the skin to make them less visible. She will also use suturing techniques to create a scar that is less prominent overall.
You will be able to return home shortly after your procedure, and in most cases, you will even be able to resume your regular activities right away. If the cyst was sizable, you might want to rest at home for a day before heading back to work and other obligations. Dr Teston will want to see you back in her office about one week later to remove your sutures and check the healing process.
When cyst removal is performed correctly, recurrence rates are low. However, there is always a chance that a piece of the sac may remain after the procedure, which could lead to the cyst forming once again. In this case, another excision may be necessary.
Cysts are not usually a serious medical issue, but their formation can be concerning, unsightly, and even uncomfortable, depending on their size and location. Dr Teston can help you say goodbye to your cyst for good and enjoy the best possible cosmetic results from your removal procedure. To learn more about your options in cyst removal, contact Dr Teston on (02) 9708 3511.
*The information about Cyst Removal was reviewed by Dr. Leana Teston. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.
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