Safe and effective excision of pilar, epidermoid, and sebaceous cysts is essential. Although these cysts are typically benign (non-cancerous), they can cause embarrassment and distress, and they can even become infected. To learn more about excision of pilar, epidermoid, and sebaceous cysts in Boston, contact the Westford Dermatology & Cosmetic Center today.
What Are Pilar, Epidermoid, and Sebaceous Cysts?
Cysts are round or oval-shaped lumps that can develop under the surface of the patient’s skin. They can become infected and inflamed, resulting in pain and discharge.
Pilar cysts, also known as trichilemmal cysts, typically form in the scalp. They are filled with keratin protein, which is the substance that hairs are made of.
Epidermoid cysts commonly form on the face, trunk, and neck. They grow from the cells of the epidermis.
Sebaceous cysts can form almost anywhere on the skin and grow from the sebaceous glands.
What Is Excision of Pilar, Epidermoid, and Sebaceous Cysts?
Excision is the technical term for tissue removal using a scalpel. Excision of pilar, epidermoid, and sebaceous cysts is a minor surgical procedure. After the area is numbed, the targeted cyst is removed using this minimally invasive method.
During a consultation regarding excision of pilar, epidermoid, and sebaceous cysts, the patient’s cyst will be examined. The type of cyst will be diagnosed, and patients will be asked questions about their cyst to determine their cause and how best to proceed. Questions will be asked about the patient’s medical history, including whether or not they are currently taking any medications.
The consultation is the perfect time for patients to bring up any questions or concerns about the procedure. Our skilled medical professionals will be happy to address all questions.
Your Cyst Excision Session
With sessions involving the excision of pilar, epidermoid, and sebaceous cysts, the first step is the application of local anesthesia. Once the area has been sufficiently numbed, a small incision will then be made and then lump will be removed.
After this, the incision will be closed and the spot will be covered with a surgical dressing. The whole procedure will typically take less than an hour to perform.
Aftercare Following Excision of Pilar, Epidermoid, and Sebaceous Cysts
For most excisions of pilar, epidermoid, and sebaceous cysts, there is no significant downtime or recovery period needed. Exceptions may include cysts located in particularly sensitive areas. Once the closed incisions have fully healed, patients can expect them to scar over as thin, white lines.
How Much Does Excision of Pilar, Epidermoid, and Sebaceous Cysts Cost?
The cost for excision of pilar, epidermoid, and sebaceous cysts can differ depending on a few factors. These will be discussed during the consultation.
Set Up a Consultation
Patients can learn more about the excision of pilar, epidermoid, and sebaceous cysts in Boston when they schedule a consultation at the Westford Dermatology & Cosmetic Center. Contact us today to get started.
Your procedure will be performed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Steven Franks in Boston, MS.