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Although sebaceous cysts are usually not harmful, they can be unpleasant and painful. It might be tempting to try and pop them, but doing so increases the risk of inflammation and infection. Therefore, surgery is generally the best option for treating a sebaceous cyst.

What is a Sebaceous Cyst?

Sebaceous cysts typically develop on the neck, face, back or abdomen. When pressed, the cyst will move beneath the skin and may have a tiny black hole in the center. A yellow liquid will flow out if it ruptures, along with an unpleasant smell brought on by a buildup of proteins and fats.

Most sebaceous cysts are non-malignant and can sometimes be connected to conditions like a boil or ingrown hair. However, it is crucial to have a specialist look at the cyst to rule out other possible causes. This is particularly true if the cyst is infected, measures more than 5 centimeters in diameter or quickly regrows after removal.

What Causes a Sebaceous Cyst?

Sebaceous cysts are different from what they seem to be by their name. For example, the sebaceous glands (sweat glands) do not produce them. Instead, they are caused by cells above the hair follicles called infundibulum cells. For this reason, some medical professionals refer to them as epidermoid cysts.

There are several potential causes for these cysts. But, most often, skin injuries or conditions like acne are to blame.

Why You Should Not Remove Them Yourself

It could be tempting to remove a sebaceous cyst on your own. However, it is never advised to do so. This is due to the capsule that surrounds these particular cysts. If this capsule is not surgically removed, the cyst will only recur. Additionally, the cell wall starts to thicken as it grows back. This makes it more challenging to get rid of a reoccurring cyst.

Complete cyst removal on your own is not only challenging but also risky. The cyst might be connected to nerves in the area. Additionally, there is a higher chance that it will trigger an infection. Therefore, the best and safest choice is to have it surgically removed.

Why You Should Have Them Surgically Removed

Your sebaceous cyst might go away naturally, but it is unlikely. These cysts typically become larger over time if left untreated. Eventually, they become too big and painful, necessitating their removal anyway. However, it is much simpler and less likely for them to return if you get them surgically removed when they are smaller.

Book a Consultation for Sebaceous Cyst Removal

If your sebaceous cyst is bothering you, please contact us at Dallas Facial Plastic Surgery Center or come to our Irving, TX, location. We can book a consultation with Dr. Stefan Shuaib to discuss your treatment options.

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