Sebaceous Cyst Removal

Ever got a tiny bump on your skin? These are referred to as cysts – a small sac-like formation that is filled with liquid or air. Most cysts are caused by a sebaceous (oil) gland build up and are benign or non-cancerous. Cysts do disappear or dissolve on their own while some could stay back or grow larger causing discomfort. An individual should seek medical attention if a cyst appears and stays for more than 3 months. It is important for a person to visit a dermatologist if there are changes in the size, colour or shape of the cyst and if it has not disappeared in a couple of weeks or months’ time. Moreover, if the cyst is painful and is in a body part that hinders your ease of performing daily activities, you should definitely look for medical assistance at the earliest.

What are the procedures for removing a sebaceous cyst?

A sebaceous cyst is usually removed through the below techniques depending on the type of cyst.

  • Surgical excision – The procedure involves complete excision of the cyst and its contents. This ensures that there is no recurrence of the cyst. Under surgical excision, the surgeon could perform any of the below two techniques.
    • Punch excision – A punch or circular device is used to create a small incision to empty out all the contents from the cyst. Usually a follow up is requested after a week or so. There will be only a very minimal scarring with this process.
    • Wide incision removal – This procedure involves creating a larger opening and removing the cyst entirely along with the contents.
  • Radiofrequency ablation – This procedure would involve the removal of the contents in the cyst by creating a small opening using radiofrequency or heat.

How long does it take to heal after sebaceous cyst removal?

The recovery time post a sebaceous cyst removal procedure is largely dependent on the size of the cyst and the type of procedure conducted. For larger and invasive methods like the surgical excision, the time taken for healing could be up to 2 weeks. For lesser invasive methods, the patient would be comfortable to take up activities within a couple of days.

Patients must look out for any infections, swelling or fever and immediately report it to the dermatologist to be on the safe side and for faster recovery.

Does a sebaceous cyst removal procedure leave behind a scar?

A sebaceous cyst removal treatment could leave behind a scar that is very small or large depending on the technique used and the size of the cyst. For cyst that are quite small, there is very minimal scarring that occurs. But for cysts that are close to the size of a pebble or larger, the scar could be big enough. A doctor could also prescribe medication to prevent scarring or reduce it.

Though surgical excisions leave behind a scar, this treatment ensures that there is no recurrence of the cysts. However, lesser invasive techniques such as the punch biopsy and the radiofrequency ablation leave behind smaller scars but there is a higher chance of reoccurrence of the cysts.

How are sebaceous cysts removal on the neck performed?

The sebaceous cysts are removed using minimally invasive techniques using punch biopsy or RF biopsy. This keeps the risk of infection minimal, lesser bleeding and scaring. The patient is asked to revisit after a period of 2 or more weeks to remove the cyst wall. The region of the incision should be kept clean and one must follow all the required post-procedural care.

How are sebaceous cyst removal procedures done on a child?

A sebaceous cyst on children must be dealt with utmost care. Like in adults, the cyst could disappear in a 2 to 3 weeks’ time. However, if it does not, then the cyst would need medical attention.  A doctor would numb the area of the cyst and do a minimally invasive procedure on the child. All the contents would be drained and the child would have to follow post treatment care.

Do sebaceous cysts appear on the scalp and how are they treated?

Sebaceous cysts could appear on the scalp just like how it could appear on other parts of the body. Cysts on the scalp are usually referred to as pillar cysts, where bumps occur from the bottom of a hair follicle due to protein build up. Almost all of these cysts are harmless and noncancerous, with a sac filled that is soft to touch and painless. However, cysts on the scalp could be worrisome if not treated since it can be easily hurt while combing. Though the pillar cysts are harmless and would not need an excision for medical reasons, most patients look for removal for cosmetic reasons.

Is sebaceous cyst removal done under the administration of anesthesia?

Local anesthesia is given to the patient around the region of the cyst that will leave them with a numbness for a small duration. During this time the doctor will perform the procedure to remove the sebaceous cyst.

The recovery time would depend on the type of procedure. Smaller invasive procedures heal in a few days’ time while more invasive ones would take a longer period of up to 2 weeks.

What is the cost for a sebaceous cyst removal procedure in India?

A sebaceous cyst removal procedure in India would cost between INR 3000 to about INR 7000. The price will vary depending on the city and the hospital.

A surgical excision of larger cysts could cost about INR 1,00,000 and could also be dependent on where the cyst is located. One could have a thorough discussion with doctor / medical staff to know the exact details of the price for a cyst excision in your city.

What are the post-procedural care for a sebaceous cyst removal treatment?

Although most sebaceous cyst removal treatments are safe, one could experience minor after effects for a short duration. This would include redness, swelling, burning sensation and others.

One must strictly follow the post-procedural care that the cosmetologist would suggest. Post sebaceous cyst removal treatment one must

  • Keep the site of the treatment clean and sterile, especially, if you had been advised dressing the area
  • Apply the prescribed ointment
  • Take medications as suggested by the doctor
  • Avoid direct exposure to sunlight at least for a week
  • Use a sunscreen lotion with SPF above 30
  • Take antibiotics and other medications if prescribed
  • In case of stitches, it would be removed in a week or two’s time
  • Deal carefully with the treated region protecting it from accidents/injury
  • Have a wholesome fruit rich diet
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Continue mild and regular exercises

What is the best sebaceous cyst removal treatment?

When it comes to sebaceous cyst removal treatments, the results are dependent on various factors such as the size, shape, number of cysts, depth of the cysts, age, pre-existing health conditions and others. To call out a single treatment option as the best would not be possible when it comes to sebaceous cyst removal. A doctor would opt for the best technique, whether invasive or not, depending on the cyst. Although punch biopsy and radiofrequency ablation are common, it can be performed for cysts that are small in size. Every procedure comes with its own pros and cons and it is best advisable to get a good understanding of the procedure that would suit your need. A cosmetologist could provide a fact and result based approach depending on your health conditions and the extent of sebaceous cyst growth and presence.

How to find sebaceous cyst removal doctors near you?

You will need a qualified health care professional like a dermatologist or cosmetologist to help you with a sebaceous cyst removal. You could get in touch with these doctors through hospitals or skin care clinics in your locality. For sebaceous cyst removal treatment in Chennai, we at Tamira, assist you with qualified cosmetologists and professional staff during and after your treatment.

What makes the sebaceous cyst removal treatment at Tamira stay ahead of the rest?

At Tamira, we offer you with end to end assistance in your treatment which would begin with your consultation with highly qualified cosmetologists, selection of the right procedure, treatment plans and post procedural care. We respect every individual’s choice of having cosmetic/aesthetic related procedures and stand by our value of being honest and committed in our care.

Our sebaceous cyst removal treatments aim at resolving the issue of recurrent and long-lasting cysts. Some cysts could appear in regions such as the face, neck, scalp, nose and others which require higher precision in treatment while offering utmost comfort to the patients. The procedures aim at assessing any melanoma and other underlying skin conditions, which would result in a more appropriate treatment for the patients. We adhere to the safest treatment protocol which involves assessing your skin’s reaction to lasers and supplements before getting into the complete procedure. After completion of every procedure we also put the individual through a home care skin care routine and treatment. We have lesser invasive cyst removal techniques as well as surgical treatments and advice all our patients to consult a qualified cosmetologist or a plastic surgeon specialized in aesthetic treatments to choose the right option for you.


Sebaceous cysts can be removed using a technique called ‘radiofrequency ablation’ or cold cautery. The procedure involves creating a small incision using radiofrequency and removing the contents of the cyst. A follow-up would be required after a month to remove the cyst wall. This method is minimally invasive – resulting in little to no scarring.

Radiofrequency excision may cause redness, irritation, tenderness, bleeding and scarring.  The procedure commonly takes 1 to 2 hr to perform. Antibiotics may be prescribed to avoid infection. There is no downtime, but the wound may take 1 to 2 weeks to heal.

Surgical excision

Sebaceous cysts are most effectively removed using surgical methods due to the low recurrence rate. There are two widely used techniques;

Wide incision removal

This type of surgery involves opening a broad opening and removing the entirety of the cyst and its contents in one go. It is generally used for large cysts or ‘pebble’ cysts. Depending on the size of the entry point, it is closed with sutures.

Wide incision removal may cause redness, irritation, tenderness, bleeding and scarring. The procedure generally takes 1 to 2 hr to perform. Antibiotics may be prescribed to avoid infection. There is no downtime, but the wound may take 1 to 2 weeks to heal depending on its size.

Punch excision

Also known as minimal incision removal, this variety of surgery involves using an instrument known as ‘punch’ to create a small circular incision which is used to empty all the contents of the cyst. A follow-up would be required after a month to remove the cyst wall. This method is minimally invasive – resulting in little to no scarring.

Punch excision may cause redness, irritation, tenderness, bleeding and scarring. The procedure typically takes 1 to 2 hr to perform. Antibiotics may be prescribed to avoid infection. There is no downtime, but the wound may take 1 to 2 weeks to heal.


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