When the cyst, or cysts, on your head, face, ear, neck, arms, legs, or upper body, has become large, red, swollen, painful, or infected, the worst thing you can do is to try to squeeze or pop open the cyst. This does not remove the cause of the cyst and may well further irritate the situation. The best approach is to visit your Glendora General Surgeon to determine the best approach for removing the cyst so that your skin can heal and return to normal. Your surgeon can ensure that the bump under your skin is a cyst and not another form of skin problem.
Cyst Removal Surgery
On the day of the surgery, the area around the cyst will be injected with a numbing liquid, you will be awake during the procedure, but you will not feel any pain. The surgeon will make an incision down the center of the cyst or on the sides of the cyst. The fluids and cells trapped in the cyst, and the cyst sac will be removed with surgical instruments or the surgeon’s fingers. The open area will be sterilized and then closed with stitches on the inside and on the surface. The area will be covered with steri-strips or a dressing. Depending on whether the cyst is intact or if several sections need to be removed separately, the operation can take between 30 to 90 minutes. You may need to remain in the surgeon’s office or in the clinic for a short time after the surgery for observation before being allowed to leave.
Post Surgery Care
Before you leave, you will be instructed about the post-operative care that will include how to care for the surgery site, and when and how to change the dressing. You will be told when to make a follow-up appointment if the stitches need to be removed. The entire healing process will take a few weeks, and there may be a slight scar.