At a Glance
A skin cyst is a fluid-filled bump which lies just underneath the skin and is normally harmless, however, all cysts should be checked by your GP.
Centre for Surgery offers non-surgical options to remove cysts, however, in some instances, surgery proves to the best option. Centre for Surgery also offers removal of skin tags and warts, lipomas and moles.
Many of us have skin imperfections which can develop over the course of our lives and tend to increase and enlarge as we age.
Cysts can often appear to be aesthetically unattractive, particularly if they appear on a visible area of the body. Cysts can even become infected and require treatment with antibiotics. Removing cysts can remove any irritation it is causing and improve the appearance of your skin.
You will be considered a good candidate for cyst removal if you have a cyst or multiple cysts which you dislike the appearance of and wish to have removed.
Centre for Surgery only offers cyst removal to those who are 18 years or older.
Prior to having any cysts removed, you will have a consultation with a surgeon. The surgeon will be able to carefully examine the cyst to determine the best method of removal. This will help to determine whether you need a surgical or non-surgical removal.
Non-surgical removal involves the use of cryotherapy. This works to freeze the cyst off the skin. Cryotherapy applies extreme cold to the skin, hating the blood supply to the cyst. This causes it to scab over and after around 7 to 10 days will fall off. This procedure will take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. However, this may not be suitable for all cysts, and your surgeon may recommend you undergo surgical cyst removal.
Surgical cyst removal is done by curettage and cautery. This involves using a curette, which is a sharp, spoon-like object. This is used to scrape the cyst off the skin. Heat is then used to close the wound, with no need for stitches. This wound will heal in about two to three weeks. Prior to the removal, you will be given a local anaesthetic in order to avoid feeling any pain and discomfort.
In some instances, a surgical excision will be considered the best option. This involves using a scalpel, knife, scissors or razors to remove the cyst from the skin. This is considered the routine way for cysts to be removed.
If necessary, your cyst may be sent to a lab for a biopsy. Results will generally be available after one week; your GP will be informed of when results are available.
If you had cryotherapy, this is considered a non-surgical procedure, and there is no recovery time involved.
As you will be given a local anaesthetic prior to having cryotherapy or curettage, you will have to wait until the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off before being able to leave the clinic to return home. You should notice no other side effects.
Should I have cyst removal?Cyst removal is only needed if you dislike the appearance of the cyst, or you are experiencing any irritation from the cyst.
How will the cyst be removed?This will vary from person to person. During your consultation, your surgeon will examine the cyst/s, and decide the best method of removal. There are non-surgical procedures as well as surgical options.
Cyst removal options include:
- Curettage and cautery
- Surgical excision
How long will the procedure take?This will vary depending on which type of removal you have, however, the whole procedure should take no longer than 30 minutes.
What is the recovery period like?If you have a non-surgical procedure, there will be no recovery time. If you had a surgical procedure, you will be able to go home once the effects of the local anaesthetic have worn off.