WHAT IS MEANT BY SEBACEOUS CYST?
A sebaceous cyst is basically a sac that is lined by cells that secrete keratin, or in simple terms – it is a keratin cyst. It does not secrete sebum or oil as the name suggests.
WHICH ALL BODY AREAS DOES THIS CYST OCCURS?
Although a sebaceous cyst can happen anywhere on the body, the common areas are back, face, chest etc.
HOW ONE CAN RECOGNIZE THIS CONDITION?
It is generally better felt than seen. It is seen as a tiny bump with a black coloured opening. Some people can also appreciate that on pressing, a toothpaste coloured substance oozes out.
Generally, sebaceous cysts are left alone, unless they get repeatedly infected.
HOW ONE CAN GET THIS CYST REMOVED?
Sebaceous cyst excision is a simple surgery to remove the entire sac and its contents. The area to be treated is numbed with a local anaesthetic, the skin is opened, the cyst dissected and isolated completely, its stalk crushed and the cyst removed. A stitch or two may be required depending on the size of the cyst.
The client is sent back home with a list of post procedure instructions.