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.

Before Your Procedure

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.

During Surgery

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.

After Your Procedure

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.

Procedures Offered

With more than two decades of experience in plastic surgery, Dr Teston is qualified to provide a broad range of plastic surgery procedures. Some of the choices available to her patients include:

Breast Enhancement

No matter what cosmetic goals you might have for your breasts, Dr Teston can help you achieve them. One of her specialties is correcting asymmetries between the breasts that cause a woman to feel self-conscious about her body. Other breast procedures offered by Dr Teston include:

Facial Improvements

Whether you are concerned about the effects of ageing or looking to correct an imperfection that has been nagging you throughout your adult life, Dr Teston offers procedures to enhance and refresh your appearance. She can customise any of the following to your specifications and facial proportions:

  • Facelift to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Eyelid surgery to correct drooping and rejuvenate the area around the eyes
  • Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping to create symmetry, remove imperfections, or restore the nose after injury
  • Otoplasty (or ear surgery) to correct ears that stick out or are disproportionately large
Body Contouring

Body contouring is an effective way to put the final touches on your body shape when you can’t get there with diet and exercise alone. Body contouring is usually recommended for patients that have achieved a healthy, stable weight and may include the following:

  • Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) to tighten and flatten the midsection
  • Lift procedures to shape and firm the upper arms and thighs
  • Liposuction to remove isolated, stubborn areas of fat from nearly anywhere on the body
  • Labiaplasty to correct discomfort due to either developmental or hormonal enlargements or scarring
Skin Treatments

As the largest organ of the body, the skin deserves special attention. When you want to get rid of unsightly moles, fatty lumps, or other concerns, Dr Teston is prepared to eliminate the blemish and leave the best cosmetic results behind. Some of the concerns Dr Teston can treat include:

Hand Restoration

Your hands are one of the most functional and visible parts of the body, and when they are injured or affected by a debilitating condition, the effects on your life can be dramatic. Dr Teston offers hand surgery to treat many of these concerns, with the following being some of the hand conditions she treats:

When you are in search of a plastic surgeon in Sydney, Dr Teston offers a valuable female perspective, extensive training and experience, and a commitment to the highest level of patient care. To learn more about our practice, contact our office today at (02) 9708 3511.