Cyst Removal Clinic

Cyst Removal specialists housing a highly trained team of surgeons, use advanced procedures to carefully excise your cysts, abolishing any unwanted soreness and discomfort, only at our London clinic.

What is a cyst?

Skin cysts are fluid-filled round lumps that form underneath the skin. They are common and mostly harmless. 

Cysts are generally either white or yellow and often have blackheads that can secrete pus. 

Additionally, the size of a cyst ranges heavily but can grow to the length of ten centimetres in diameter, which is about the length of an adult’s middle finger.

Cysts do not usually hurt but can become sore if infected.

Where can cysts grow?

Simply put, cysts can manifest anywhere in the body. 

The most common cysts are epidermoid cysts (pilar cysts) and sebaceous cysts, forming on the skin’s surface. 

However, cysts can develop internally also, for example, dermoid cysts or ovarian cysts, which form in the ovaries, Bartholin cysts, which form inside female genitalia and thyroids cysts that manifest near your oesophagus.

What is a cyst made of?

A capsulated pocket comprises membranous tissue (layers of cells that allow for the flow of materials), which contains fluids (like keratin) and air. 

What is cyst removal?

Cyst removal surgery is incredibly straightforward and usually occurs while you are under a local anaesthetic. 

Upon your arrival, our surgeon performs a diagnosis to identify the type of cyst you have and advises the best treatment. Based on the consultation results, if you qualify for cyst removal surgery, the procedure is as follows: 

Firstly, our expert surgeon will carefully disinfect the operating area around the cyst before using a surgical drape to maintain a sterile environment. 

After which, the surgeon will make a small incision on the cyst to allow it to drain completely.

If you have a more substantial cyst, the surgeon will excise the entire cyst itself.

Depending on the incision size , the surgeon may close the wound with stitching before wrapping it in a compression cloth to prevent any infection.

How long is recovery from a cyst removal?

Despite cyst removal surgeries being outpatient visits, your discharge will be on the same day. 

If you work an office job, you will generally be able to return to work within the next day. Regardless, it would help to avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting. 

Your surgeon will confirm your wound’s expected recovery time during your consultation. However, your wound should not take longer than two weeks to heal.

You may be subject to follow-up assessments to monitor your recovery. 

Though pain post-surgery is uncommon, your surgeon will recommend what over-the-counter medication is needed to suppress it. 

You must contact your surgeon if any of your pain or inflammation persists after medication. 

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Cyst removal FAQ's

How do I care for wounds after cyst removal?

Wash the area regularly with warm, soapy water. Ensure the bandaging is clean. After washing, keep the site dry.

Can I remove a cyst myself?

It would be best never to attempt to remove a cyst on your own, as it will increase the risk of injury, infection, or other unintended consequences. Professional surgeons should carry out vesicle removal.

Is removal of a cyst a major surgery?

In most cases, the removal of a cyst is a minor surgery.

Can you squeeze a cyst?

It would be best if you never squeezed a blister, as you may encourage more cysts to form due to the spread of bacteria.

At what size should a cyst be removed?

Generally, larger-sized cysts are more likely to be surgically removed. To clarify, a vesicle considered to be sizeable is at least five centimetres. However, you may choose to remove smaller cysts if you want.

Do cysts smell?

If your blister is discharging, the released fluid can smell bad.

What is the white stuff that comes out of a cyst?

It is usually the secretion of built-up keratin, a protein in your body.

How do you tell if a lump is a cyst?

Some common attributes unique to cysts are: red and swollen, discharge of either white or green fluid, and blackheads at the sac site.

Can a cyst turn into a tumour?

Though a vesicle can turn into cancer, the chances are not likely.

Can stress cause cysts?

Yes, cysts can develop due to stress.

Do cysts hurt to touch?

Though most cysts do not hurt, cysts can feel tender when touched.

Do cysts go away naturally?

Epidermoid cysts can go away without any treatment.

How do I know if my cyst is infected?

Common symptoms of an infected cyst are as follows: Pain, redness, leaking pus or blood, swelling and even hair protruding from the lump.

Can cysts explode?

Yes, cysts can rupture over time.

Can cysts cause weight gain?

No, there is no evidence that cysts directly impact weight gain.

Can cysts grow teeth and hair?

Some lesions like dermoid cysts and pilonidal cysts can contain teeth, hair, or nerves. Similarly, ingrown hair cysts manifest from hair trapped under the skin layer.

Do dermoid cysts run in families?

Though not conclusive, current data suggests it is likely that dermoid cysts have some hereditary element.

Does apple cider vinegar remove cysts?

No, there are no official studies showing apple cider vinegar reduces cysts or removes them.

What size is a giant cyst?

Larger cysts range between five to ten centimetres, about the size of your pinky finger or middle finger, respectively.

Are cysts painful?

Many cysts do not cause pain initially. However, if they manifest in uncomfortable locations, grow to a large size, or become infected, It may cause pain.

What is a baker's cyst?

It is a cyst that forms at the back of the knee, leaving you with a noticeable bulge at the back of your leg. Consequently, this blister can cause pain and tightness around your knee joint.

What do cysts feel like?

Cysts that develop near the skin's surface may feel soft. Cysts that develop more profound into the skin layer tend to feel like hard lumps.

Will infected cysts heal on their own?

A cyst will not be able to heal until it is either drained out or completely excised. If an infected vesicle is left alone, it will likely eventually rupture, causing you pain. After which, your blister may reduce or appear to heal temporarily. However, It will likely return after some time.

Are cysts serious?

Benign cysts are prevalent, but some can be cancerous (or precancerous) and dangerous. Likewise, some cysts can also get infected, forming into an abscess which may make you ill.
Some cysts may also impact your body image and self-esteem.

What are the side effects of cryotherapy for cyst removal?

Cryotherapy is usually administered without anaesthetic, making you likely to feel pain during the procedure. Fortunately, the pain is quick and usually well-tolerated. However, if your pain persists post-cyst removal, you can choose to take painkillers such as paracetamol to relieve any discomfort. If you are worried about the pain, it is permissible to take painkillers around an hour before the treatment.

Following cryotherapy, swelling and redness are common and usually settle after two to three days. Similarly, blistering is also a common flaw of cold therapy and settles down after the first few days of recovery.

Though unlikely, infection is possible with any surgical procedure, resulting in increased pain and pus formation: this may require additional treatment such as a prescription of antibiotics.

Despite scarring being unlikely after cryotherapy, it can occur on rare occasions. In addition, a change in pigment surrounding the treated area may also appear in unlikely circumstances.

Finally, prolonged numbness is possible following cryotherapy. However, not only is this extremely rare and not feasible for the majority of cold therapy treatments, the normal feeling should return after a couple of months.

What are the side effects of cyst removal through excision?

Side effects widespread across excision surgeries (including cyst removal) are infection, bleeding/bruising, anaesthetic reaction, scarring and nerve damage.

Fortunately, infection is an unlikely symptom of cyst removal. However, if you are susceptible to infections or have a weakened immune system, you should raise your concerns with your physician as you may need additional care.

Bleeding and bruising are pervasive but typically minor side effects of cyst removal. If your wound opens after surgery but fails to close, you should contact your physician for medical help.

In some cases, cyst removal may cause damage to a nerve. A damaged nerve may result in numbness for several weeks or months but often make a full recovery. In sporadic cases, a nerve may be compromised after a cyst removal, causing mobility issues in the area around the wound.

Scarring is common in any surgical procedure. Though there are measures to avoid or minimise scarring during and after your surgery, some scarring is unavoidable for cyst removal. In addition, the amount of scarring will depend on the skill of your surgeon. Thankfully, our expert surgeons' focal point is to keep scarring to a minimum.

Reactions are certainly the most dangerous of all immediate side effects with surgical procedures in general. The symptoms following a reaction vary between patients but include a rash, hives, severe itchiness, swelling, drop in blood pressure, shortness of breath, coughing, etc. Fortunately, reacting to anaesthesia is extremely rare and largely preventable.

What is aftercare like for cyst removal?

Aftercare is included in your treatment package, meaning follow-up appointments are common to track your recovery. Our surgeons can treat any immediate complications with no additional charge. In other words, surgery is simply the most reliable treatment if you are looking for a permanent solution.

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