Cyst Removal Brisbane Northside
Cyst removal is a common procedure that many GPs in Brisbane are performing for their patients.
Sebaceous cysts are common non-cancerous cysts of the skin. These are skin abnormalities that contain liquid or semi-liquid material. These can usually be found on the face, neck, or torso and are not life-threatening. However, these can cause physical discomfort if unchecked.
There are two types of sebaceous cyst – epidermal cyst and pilar cyst. Epidermal cyst starts on the upper layer of the skin or what commonly known as epidermis. Pilar cyst, on the other hand, originates from hair follicles. These two types appear similar in appearance but pathologists can distinguish the difference between the two, especially if a thorough examination is required.
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How To Determine A Sebaceous Cyst?
The lump is skin-colored and is firm but not hard. The lump is also moveable and is located under the skin. There is also a central plug at the top of the cyst, which is an indicator where the cyst started.
An alternative diagnosis of sebaceous cyst is a lipoma, a benign, fatty lump. The growth of lipoma is usually deeper compared to a sebaceous cyst.
The presence of a sebaceous cyst is considered unusual if it has the following characteristics:
- Has a diameter larger than five (5) centimeters
- Has a fast rate of recurrence after being removed
- Has pus drainage, pain, and redness
If these symptoms are present, it is best to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis. Usually, doctors would recommend a CT scan, ultrasound, or punch biopsy to rule out cancer.
What To Do With An Inflamed Cyst?
It is quite difficult to determine if a cyst is ruptured or infected as it appears red and emits discharge. If the cyst is ruptured or infected, the cyst wall may be broken down and might not recur. However, it is more common that cysts recur. A previously inflamed cyst that has been scarred and recurred will be more difficult to remove and would usually require invasive techniques to take it out.
When Is Cyst Removal Needed?
Here are the considerations that can be taken into account when deciding to have the sebaceous cyst removed:
- If the cyst becomes bothersome for the individual afflicted
- If the cyst causes pain on the patient’s routine
- If the individual afflicted is concerned about the presence of tumor (although this is a rare occurrence)
- If the cyst is infected
The doctor would usually drain the pus or surgically remove the cyst, whichever is applicable. However, most patients decide to have their cysts drained because surgery can cause scarring. While draining cysts can cause minimal scarring, it can cause the cyst to return.
When the cyst is removed, the patient will be given topical antibiotic or scar cream, which should be used until the location of the cyst has completely healed.