Sebaceous Cyst

What is a Sebaceous Cyst?

These are common cysts of the skin filled with a fatty substance called sebum that is secreted by the sebaceous gland that is blocked and isn’t allowing the sebum to drain to surface of the skin. Usually they are not painful but they can become infected and cause pain. The cyst has a lining around it called a capsule and if the cyst is just drained and the capsule is not surgically removed the cyst will usually fill back up again.

Sebaceous Cyst Removal Procedure

Sebaceous cysts can be safely removed as a surgical procedure in the office setting. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area around the cyst, the cyst including the surrounding capsule is removed and the incision is closed with absorbable stitches that sit just under the skin which you can’t see and will not need to be removed. The area is covered with a water resistant covering so that you can shower the next day. You will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment. Depending on the size and location of your cyst most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a day.