Cysts

Frequently asked questions

How can I tell if I have a cyst? Plus Icon

Identifying a cyst will involve a combination of physical examination and medical evaluation that should be done by a medical professional, i.e. a doctor or a dermatologist.

Can cysts go away on their own? Plus Icon

Cysts under the skin, such as epidermoid or pilar cysts, are unlikely to go away on their own without medical intervention.

These types of cysts form when a hair follicle or skin gland becomes blocked, leading to the accumulation of dead skin cells, oils, or other substances within a closed sac.

While it is possible for a cyst to temporarily decrease in size or become less noticeable, the cyst itself will typically persist unless it is surgically removed.

This is because the sac wall that encloses the cyst remains intact, allowing it to refill and enlarge over time.

Can cysts come back after they have been removed? Plus Icon

In some cases, cysts under the skin can come back after removal.

The recurrence of a cyst depends on various factors, including the type of cyst, the method of removal and other factors.

If a cyst is not completely removed during the initial procedure, remnants of the cyst or the cyst wall/sac may still be there. In such cases, there is a higher chance of the cyst regrowing in the same location.

Cysts can form due to blocked hair follicles or skin glands, and it is possible for new cysts to develop in other areas over time.

In some cases, cysts can be associated with underlying conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or certain genetic disorders.

If the underlying cause is not adequately addressed or managed, new cysts may continue to form.

To minimise the risk of cyst recurrence, it is important to ensure thorough removal during the procedure, and this is why you should only have a cyst removal procedure done by a medical professional.

Is cyst removal painful? Plus Icon

The pain experienced during the removal of a cyst under the skin can vary depending on several factors, including the size and location of the cyst, the removal technique used, and an individual’s pain tolerance.

Before the removal procedure, a local anesthetic is typically administered to numb the area surrounding the cyst. This helps minimise discomfort during the actual removal process.

While the local anesthesia numbs the area, you may still feel some pressure or movement during the procedure, however, you should not experience sharp pain or significant discomfort. After the cyst removal, it is common to experience some discomfort or soreness in the area.

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