Cyst Removal

Epidermal cyst is a common swelling of the skin that can affect all age groups, common sites include the face, scalp, neck, back and trunk. It usually continue to grow slowly over a period of time, and can affect any age and gender. The size of cyst can vary depending on the volume of creamy cyst content.

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 can be surgically removed. Usually a minor skin surgery is done under local anesthesia. The whole cyst, together with the cyst wall be removed to prevent recurrence, then the wound would be sutured. Skin sutures are removed after 10-14 days after the surgery.