Cyst Removal

Epidermal cyst is a movable nodule attaching to the overlying skin. It is one of the most common benign skin tumors. The cyst is surrounded by a cyst wall. The most common locations include the face, ears, neck, back and scalp. A central punctum may be seen where it is the skin attachment point. The cyst may contain whitish cheese like substance which is made up by broken down keratin. Epidermal cysts may arise when the hair follicle is clogged, such as in severe acne, or from a penetrating skin injury. Epidermal cyst may be surgically removed. Usually a minor skin surgery is done under local anesthesia. The whole cyst, together with the cyst wall can be removed to prevent recurrence, then the wound would be sutured.