Center for Advanced Wound Care

How to Take Care of the Wound After Cyst Removal

Skin cysts are harmless little bumps found under the skin that appears on any parts of the body such as neck, torso, face, chest, etc. They are also known as a sebaceous cyst that grows slowly over time. However, they can be infected, resulting in redness and soreness. In such cases, you’ve to go for a cyst removal surgery. 

Causes of Sebaceous Cyst

There are different types of cysts: Sebaceous cysts, Pilar Cysts and Digital Mucous Cysts, each having distinctive features. Causes include infection, duct blockage or swelled hair follicles.

The epidermis, i.e. the surface of the skin consists of layers of cells that you shed. If the skin cells don’t shed, the cell penetrates deeper into the skin, forming into a cyst. They can be hereditary and can become smaller, larger or completely diminish.

Cyst Removal Treatment

It isn’t easy to locate a cyst. Therefore, you need to consult a doctor for a check-up. In some cases, the cyst doesn’t have to be removed. Your doctor would suggest other procedures to treat the cyst depending upon the nature and location of the cyst.

Some of the methods include:

  • Surgery

Surgery isn’t required for all types of cysts. The doctor would inject local anesthesia to numb the area before the incision is made. You may feel a small sting for a short time. The cut may lead to a scar. This procedure is effective as it completely removes the cyst. 

  • Drainage

By injecting the local anesthesia, a doctor would make a small incision t to drain the cyst. The doctor would then use a sterile dressing to cover up the wound, which can be removed after 1-2 days. To reduce the risk of infections, you will have to take antibiotics for quick healing.

  • Needle

This treatment is best for cysts found on your chest. The doctor will insert a needle into the cyst to remove the fluid, making the lump less prominent.

  • Laser

Laser treatment is best suited for a large cyst that is present in any cosmetic area. 

Sebaceous Cyst – Post Operative Care

Following the treatment, you’ll have to take care of the wound by following a proper aftercare plan as advised by your doctor, which are as follows:

  • Make sure that the wound is covered with a dry bandage. In the case of drainage, remove the bandage and clean the area by using a cloth or wool before applying a new bandage.
  • If the wound is covered with gauze, your doctor may have given you an appointment for removal of the dressing.
  • Take prescribed antibiotics and complete the course.
  • Use the recommended ointment or cream for the wound.

Sebaceous Cyst Removal Cost

The cost depends upon certain factors like: no of cysts to be removed, surgery duration, anesthesia and complexity of the treatment. The cost can range from $400 to $1800.

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