Sebaceous cysts are common small bumps that occur beneath the skin. They can arise anywhere but they are usually found on the trunk of the body, neck, face and scalp. Although they can appear in people of all ages, they are more common in teenagers and adults, sometimes causing embarrassment or discomfort. These cysts are characterised by the glands from which they arise – the sebaceous glands which secrete the oily substance that lubricates hair and skin.
The epidermis is made up of a fine layer of skin cells that the body usually sheds, but sometimes these cells move deeper under the skin and multiply, causing sebaceous cysts. This abnormal development of cells may be caused by an impaired oil gland or hair follicle in the skin.
People who are past puberty, prone to acne or have injured skin are more susceptible to getting sebaceous cysts. Some rare genetic disorders can also lead to the occurrence of these lumps on the skin. Thankfully, these can be quickly treated and removed.
Although sebaceous cysts usually present no medical threat, removal is often sought for cosmetic reasons or even to prevent complications that can arise from an inflamed or swollen cyst. These can cause pain and will sometimes get in the way of work, sports activities and have a negative effect on lifestyle. Some cysts grow over time, in which case you may want to have them removed before they worsen. If a blackhead or foul smelling yellow liquid is present on the cyst, removal can help to avoid irritation and rupture. With genital epidermoid cysts, discomfort as well as pain during intercourse and urination can be experienced. These are best removed early on before symptoms worsen.
Sebaceous cyst removal is a practical and safe choice for people who experience any form of discomfort from the skin condition, and at The London Dermatology CentreTM, we present a range of treatment options.
Since there are some rare cases in which sebaceous cysts have been known to become cancerous, our dermatologists perform a thorough analysis of the lumps during the consultation stage. If anything abnormal is found during examination, then a biopsy can be performed to promptly remove the cyst and prevent progression.
If you have a ruptured or infected cyst, then the inflammation will need to be treated before you can have the cyst removed. It is understandable to want such cysts removed quickly from the face, and our dermatologists will offer a choice of therapies for achieving this swiftly, leaving skin smooth and healthy.
Our dermatological experts treat infected and swollen cysts with a choice of steroid injections or drainage, although the latter is usually considered less effective since the cyst wall is left behind and will usually fill will fluid again. Once one of our specialists has removed inflammation, a surgeon can then go on to remove the entire sebaceous cyst. If sebaceous cysts occur regularly on your skin, our dermatologists can also provide advice on skin care and preventative measures so that you can avoid getting these blemishes in future.
At our cyst removal clinic, we employ some of the best dermatologists in the country, who are able to perform your choice of therapy to the highest standard. In the consultation stage, your specialist will assess your cyst and discuss your options, including treatment for inflammation and removal of the sebaceous cyst.
At The London Dermatology Centre, when removing a cyst, we ensure that the whole cyst is removed so that it cannot come back some months along the line. Instead of squeezing the contents of a cyst out like some clinics advocate, we adopt an excision method that presents an extremely low rate of recurrence. This is because the cyst wall as well as its contents are removed, and all this is done by making only a small incision, which causes only minimal scarring. This method is effective for removing cysts for both cosmetic and medical reasons, and although invasive, can leave you with the peace of mind that the problem will not return.
For sebaceous cysts void of inflammation or infection, our clinic offers a same-day removal service which can free you of your blemish in just hours. A small incision enables the removal of the entire cyst so that any concerns about it returning are also eliminated. You will be left with a small incision which will fade over time to leave a very faint scar.
If you have an infected or problematic sebaceous cyst for which you require fast and effective treatment, call our clinic in central London on 0207 467 3720 to arrange a consultation. A dermatologist will assess your skin and help you to come to a decision on a treatment option based on the cyst’s location on your body and its condition. Our goal is to leave you feeling satisfied with your final result and more comfortable in your skin.