They are located frequently on the face , neck and torso.
Sebaceous cysts frequently originate from hair follicles (Pilar Cysts) or from the epidermis (epidermoid cysts).
They are moving masses that move freely under the skin, grow slowly and do not cause any pain. They get infected quite often and present the following symptoms and signs: skin redness, pain, increase in local temperature and drainage of a white-gray material that looks much like cottage cheese.
Conventional treatment includes surgical resection of the cyst and neighboring skin.
The newest treatment includes the use of state of the art laser treatment.
The Hoogstra Medical Center provides a novel treatment for sebaceous cysts, anthrax and furuncles that consists in doing a small orifice in the upper part of the cyst.
Thanks to the fast laser shot impact of the LOTUS II Laser system, it is not necessary to perform any anesthesia nor applying anesthetic creams. Once created the minuscule orifice, the doctor starts to drain the cyst. Once drainage is concluded, the laser LOTUS is put in long pulse modality and fire on the area. This produces the bag’s wall retraction and contraction.
Once the procedure is concluded, the patient can go back to its daily activities. The procedure is totally painless and leaves no scar at all.
Sebaceous cyst of the Scalp.
Sebaceous cysts from the scrotum.
Sebaceous cysts known as epidermoid cysts are benign tumors.Sebaceous cysts form when keratin, a protein fundamental to structuring the epidermis blocks the sebaceous gland. In turn, this causes sebum to occupy a sac in the sebaceous gland.
Sebaceous cysts are usually yellowish-white and tend to develop in areas where hair is prominent: the scalp, the chest, the back, the face, or the upper arm, the scrotum and the shaft of the penis, being much rarer in the distal region (near the tip) thereof.
Sebaceous cysts can be hereditary such as Gardner s Syndrome or can be caused by skin trauma and large testosterone levels.
The most commonly performed is surgical.
The surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia.
The operation consists in remove the skin with the cyst.
This procedure leaves scars whose size will depend on the size of the cyst and the number thereof.
In our clinic we use for the treatment of epidermal cysts the Erbium Laser Lotus II and Carbon Dioxide Laser (Firexel-Morexel).
With the Lotus Laser II we do not performed anesthesia., High impact velocity of the laser does not generate pain.
The procedure involves making a hole in the cyst wall through which we draw all its contents and extract the capsule.
The skin where the cyst Stayed is contracted with the same laser as when performing a facelift.
This procedure leaves no scars and the patient can immediately resume their activity.
A small, directed beam of light is used to remove the cyst is one of the best. Others are. Surgery.
• Cryotherapy: the cyst is removed by freezing.
• Intralesional corticosteroid injection: a small needle injects a steroid into the cyst to reduce inflammation and accelerate healing.
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