Sebaceous cysts are common and nearly anyone can develop them. These noncancerous growths can be irritating and cause pain and discomfort, depending on the area of the body they develop.
What is a Sebaceous Cyst?
A sebaceous cyst is a growth that forms from your sebaceous gland. This gland produces oil that coats your hair and skin. A cyst can develop when a gland becomes blocked, which allows the oil to accumulate. This can occur if there is trauma to the area, such as a skin condition like acne, or even a mild scratch. The damaged gland will continue to produce oil but will form a soft lump in the area. Think of a balloon filling with water, and this will give you a good idea of this process. While looks can be deceiving, do not think of a sebaceous cyst as a pimple. The temptation to remove the cyst yourself can lead to infection and increase your risk of scarring.
Are they dangerous?
Sebaceous cysts are usually benign, but it is important to have any skin abnormality examined by a doctor. Dr. Myla at Ederra Bella can provide a thorough examination to assess your problem. The location of the cyst can cause problems as well. If the cyst is present on the scalp, the act of brushing your hair can cause the cyst to become inflamed and painful. These cysts can range from mildly irritating to very painful, so proper treatment is necessary to give you back your confidence.
Sebaceous Cyst Removal-The Process
Once the cyst is evaluated, the team at Ederra Bella will advise you on the best course of action. The cyst can be drained and removed with minimal scarring. It is important to ensure the complete removal of the cyst wall, or the cyst may come back. This is another reason to visit Dr. Myla for a proper evaluation and treatment. Pay attention to the site of removal and look for any signs of infection. After proper removal, the chances of the cyst reoccurring are minimal.
We all want to look and feel our best, but sometimes we are faced with challenges that can shake our self-esteem. Dr. Myla and the team at Ederra Bella are here to help walk you through all of your treatment options concerning sebaceous cyst removal and aftercare. Visit us here for more information or give us a call to schedule a consultation.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Myla Bennett, Ederra Bella Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa