Epidermoid Cyst, Pilar Cysts, Skin Cyst
A cyst is simply a noncancerous balloon of collected oil, shed skin cells, and keratin present under the skin. True Sebaceous cysts that are cysts filled with oil are rare compared to those filled with a yellow toothpaste consistency collection of keratin. These cysts are either Pilar or Epidermoid Cysts. Pilar Cysts can run in families causing many family members to suffer from multiple cysts.
If you have had acne during puberty, you will have a greater chance of having Epidermoid or Skin Cysts.
The commonest location of these cysts is the scalp, face, neck, and trunk.
Generally, you will see a small black dot or hole on the top of this dome-shaped swelling from which occasionally there will be yellow pus-like discharge (especially if you squeeze it). These skin cysts are generally painless unless they grow too big or get infected.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between an Epidermoid and Pilar Cyst?
But on the surface, it is difficult to differentiate between the two.
Can I squeeze out or drain a Sebaceous Cyst? Is it safe to lance a sebaceous cyst at home?
There is a risk of introducing infection. Also, while you might squeeze out some of the contents, you will cause some of the contents to be pushed deeper into the skin tissue. This will cause further problems and possible recurrences of the cyst.
How do you treat a Sebaceous Cyst? What is Cyst Excision?
Total surgical excision: involves removal of the entire balloon of the cyst intact.
Small incision removal: involves making a small cut and then scooping out all the contents, including the lining of the cyst. While this results in a better cosmetic outcome in terms of the length of the scar, given that some bits of the lining might be left behind, there is a greater chance of recurrence.
What is the treatment for an infected skin cyst or Sebaceous Cyst?
An accurate estimate of the costs is only possible after an in-clinic consultation with Dr Prashant. We charge a £75 deposit to secure your consultation with Dr Prashant, this amount will be deducted from the costs of the treatment you go on to have at our clinic. Every cyst removal will cost different depending on the size, site and complexity, on average the prices start from £495 onwards. If the specimen needs to be sent for biopsy it will cost additional £100.