Cyst removal explained
Cyst removal is a very simple procedure that is usually quick and painless. Depending on the type of growth and its location the treatment may involve a variety of techniques and equipment including lasers, nitrogen gas, scalpel or surgical scissors.
A cyst is a fluid filled sack that develops underneath the skin. It is quite a common problem that many people experience and is usually nothing to worry about. It shouldn’t cause any discomfort, but occasionally you may feel some pain which may be an indication of infection and should be checked out.
It’s not easy to tell whether a lump is a cyst or not. For this reason, it’s very important to firstly speak to a doctor to identity what exactly the lump is before any treatment can be provided.
Although cysts are generally harmless, they can seem aesthetically unpleasant, especially if they’re in a very prominent place. You may find your GP is reluctant to get rid of the cyst because it’s not causing you any harm, in which case you may consider going to a private clinic for treatment.
What type of cysts are there and where can they be found?
The most common form of cyst is the epidermoid cyst which can appear on the chest, face, neck, should or skin around the genitals. It is more commonly found on young and middle-aged adults, particularly those with acne.
Pilar cysts are another type of cyst and can be found on the head, around the hair follicles. It’s more commonly found on woman but can affect both genders. Unlike epidermoid cysts, pilar cysts also run in the family.
Cost of cyst removal treatment
The cost of cyst removal can vary if you decide to go private because everyone’s needs are different. There are many factors that need to be considered before you can get a price for your treatment. These include the area of the body that needs treatment, the size and quantity of cysts on the body, the type of treatment used to carry out the procedure and the number of sessions required to achieve the desired result.
To find out the cost of your treatment you’ll need to request a quote and have a check-up. Following the check-up, or a conversation with a care provider, you should receive a full cost break down based on what you want to achieve. Review your quote in detail to see what is and isn’t included in the price. This will ensure there won’t be any unwanted surprises later.
If you can get treatment through the NHS, it shouldn’t cost you anything, however you may have to wait a while to receive your treatment.
Where to go for cyst removal treatment?
Cyst removal can be carried out by your GP or nurse, but the results can be below standard, particularly when it comes to aftercare and scarring. Going through a trained dermatologist or expert surgeon in the field can typically give better, longer lasting results.
Many private clinics can provide surgical expertise to remove cysts with ease and use cosmetic surgery techniques to minimise blemishes or scarring on the skin.
What is involved in cyst removal?
Cyst removal will typically involve the following steps:
Your doctor prepares the area around the bump. If, for example, the treatment area has hair, it may need to be cleared to make the bump accessible.
The area is numbed so no pain or discomfort is felt during the procedure. You may experience some discomfort from the injection, but this should go away very quickly. By the time the procedure is being carried out you won’t feel anything.
The doctor starts by making an incision to remove the cells that built up under the skin. Once the cyst is removed, the incision is closed and stitched.
The treatment will heal and, if prepared correctly by the surgeon, should leave a very small scar.
After cyst removal and recovery
Cyst removal is an outpatient treatment which means you can leave on the day of the procedure.
There is no down time after the cyst is removed so you should be able to get back to your usual daily activity pretty much immediately. Nonetheless, still be careful not to strain the treated area.
Stitches will remain in place for a couple of month after which time it should dissolve naturally or be taken out, depending on the type of stitch used.
Once healed there will be a very small scar where the cyst used to be.
What if something goes wrong?
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem and the results are not what you expected, reach out to the doctor that carried out the procedure.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
Things to consider before cyst removal treatment
Cyst are generally benign lumps that can appear anywhere on the body. They may occasionally cause some pain or discomfort but, usually, most people who choose to undergo a procedure to remove them do so for cosmetic reasons. This is completely understandable as they can often be found in areas of the body that are very prominent and hard to hide.
Whatever your reason, it’s important to prepare yourself and understand what is involved in the procedure, like you would for any other medical or cosmetic procedure. This will allow you to set expectations and prevent unexpected surprises.
Are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- Go through the NHS or get private treatment?
- Are the results permanent?
- Do you need time off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- How to maintain the results of your treatment?
- When will you resume your usual activity?
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
Start your search
You may or may not be ready for cyst removal treatment, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital, or a doctor, to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication, and a consultation, with an expert. Feel free to contact multiple care providers and experts. The more information you gather about your procedure and surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.