Although most sebaceous cysts and lipomas are relatively small and benign, some do grow larger. This can lead to pain or soreness, resulting in a need for removal.

Some cysts and lipomas also grow in places where they are easily noticeable. In these cases, removal may be chosen to help restore body confidence.

Why might you need sebaceous cyst and lipoma removal?

Many lipomas and sebaceous cysts will be small, discreet and pain-free, yet some will require removal. If the cyst or lipoma is particularly large, unsightly, or you have another cause for concern, removal may be needed.

What are the benefits of sebaceous cyst and lipoma removal?

Sebaceous cyst and lipoma removal isn’t necessary for every case, but when it is required, there are a range of benefits.

Some of the benefits of removal include:

  • Easing pain or discomfort
  • Peace of mind in the knowledge it isn’t anything more serious
  • Restoring body confidence

What does sebaceous cyst and lipoma removal involve?

The cyst or lipoma will be removed and sutured through direct closure. Following the procedure, If they aren’t dissolving, the sutures will then be removed according to the site of the wound. As a rough guide, the back is 10-14 days, the arm is 5-7 days, and the face is 3-5 days. In addition, skin coloured surgical tape is applied for a minimum of 2 weeks to help support the scar.

Most cysts and lesions can be removed in the minor operations room of the outpatient’s department. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and will take approximately 30 minutes.

As with any surgical procedure, there is always the risk of complications. Specific complications of sebaceous cyst and lipoma removal include:

  • Discomfort
  • Inflammation
  • Infection of the wound

Recovery Time

Following the procedure, minimal discomfort may be experienced, although this can easily be controlled with over-the-counter painkillers. Bathing is allowed, as long as the dressings and wound site are kept dry.

You will need to massage and moisturise the scar with a bland moisturiser for at least a month after surgery. Similarly, sun protection should be worn for 18-24 months as the affected area will be at an increased risk of sunburn.

Treatment Cost

Treatment costs will vary according to your unique needs. The full pricing options will be discussed with you during your initial consultation. 

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