A cyst is a sac full of air, fluid, skin cells, pus, and/or bacteria that appears on the body. Some cysts are benign, meaning that they do not pose a health hazard, but others can be cancerous and require removal. Cysts can appear anywhere on the body and vary dramatically in size. Dr. Barrett often sees patients who suffer from skin cysts — skin pockets that have formed due to clogged pores. Whether your interests in removal are medical or cosmetic, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Barrett to ensure you are given proper care and treatment.
Prime candidates for cyst removal surgery are individuals with cysts that are cosmetically, functionally, or emotionally troubling. You might also be eligible if you suffer one or more of the following conditions:
- Multiple skin lumps beneath the surface of the skin that are often solid and hard-to-the-touch
- Skin lumps that are significantly swollen and/or discolored
- Discomfort or pain from cysts and similar skin lumps
- Cysts that are leaking pus and other bodily fluids
Results and Recovery
Recovery is typically two weeks for healing. While absorbable stitches have become rather popular, Dr. Barrett discourages them because they can cause inflammation when the body tries to break down the suture. As a better alternative, he uses non-reactive sutures that are removed at week one and two post-surgery. After all the stitches are removed, patients begin a taping protocol for an additional two more weeks to provide optimal healing and sun protection. After taping, our patients then start a 3-month scar gel treatment protocol to optimize and minimize scar remodeling and reduction. To ensure optimal results, patients should avoid swimming, bathing, or hot tubs for the first two weeks following surgery.