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Removal of Cysts

Are you tired of dealing with the bothersome bumps and blemishes caused by cysts? Cysts can be uncomfortable and unsightly, so it is understandable that many people choose to have them surgically removed. 

The removal of cysts is a relatively straightforward procedure, which Dr. Zaydon can perform at his office under a local anesthetic. 

Learn more about cyst removal and discover how this transformative procedure can help you regain your confidence and enhance your appearance.

What are cysts, and why do they occur?

Cysts are abnormal, closed sacs or pockets that contain fluid, semi-solid material, or air. They can form in different tissues and organs of the body, including the skin, ovaries, kidneys, and liver. These sacs are typically lined with cells that secrete the fluid or substances within them.

Common signs and symptoms of a cyst can vary depending on its location and size. While some cysts may not cause any noticeable symptoms, others can present the following signs:

  • Visible round or dome-shaped lump
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Swelling and redness
  • Skin changes, such as a dimpling or puckering effect
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the area
  • Fluid drainage
  • Functional disturbances in affected organs

The exact reasons behind cyst formation depend on the type of cyst. They can occur for various reasons, including hormonal changes, infections, duct blockages, or genetic factors.

Understanding the causes of cysts is crucial in determining the appropriate course of action for treatment. Consulting with a healthcare professional or a plastic surgeon can help you assess your specific situation and explore the best options for cyst removal, leading to improved aesthetics and overall well-being.

What are the different types of cysts?

Various types of cysts can develop in different parts of the body. Plastic surgeons may be involved in removing various types of cysts, particularly those that affect the skin or aesthetic appearance. Some common types of cysts that a plastic surgeon may remove include:

  • Epidermoid cyst
  • Sebaceous cyst
  • Pilar cyst
  • Lipomas
  • Mucus cyst
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Dermoid cyst

Why should you consider cyst removal?

There are several reasons why one might consider cyst removal. However, such a decision should be made in consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. They can assess the specific characteristics of the cyst, consider individual circumstances, and provide personalized recommendations regarding the need for removal and the most appropriate treatment approach.

Here are some key points on why you and your surgeon might consider cyst removal surgery:

  • Alleviating symptoms

Cysts can cause discomfort, pain, or tenderness, depending on their size, location, and whether they are pressing against nearby tissues or nerves. Cyst removal can provide relief from these symptoms and improve overall comfort.

  • Aesthetic concerns

Cysts that are visible or located in cosmetically significant areas, such as the face, neck, or hands, may impact a person’s self-confidence or affect their appearance. Removing such cysts can enhance aesthetics and improve self-esteem.

  • Preventing complications

Although most cysts are benign, they can sometimes become infected, enlarge, or rupture, leading to further complications. By removing the cyst, the risk of infection, abscess formation, or other potential complications can be reduced.

  • Rule out malignancy

While rare, certain types of cysts have the potential to be malignant or can be associated with underlying malignancies. Cyst removal allows for examination of the cyst’s contents or tissue to determine its nature and rule out any malignancy.

  • Addressing recurrent or persistent cysts

Some cysts tend to recur or become chronic. In such cases, removing the cyst completely can help prevent recurrence and reduce the need for repeated treatments or interventions.

  • Functional improvement

Cysts that interfere with the normal function of organs or structures can be removed to restore proper functionality. For example, cysts in the ovaries or kidneys may disrupt their normal functioning, and cyst removal can help restore optimal organ function.

What happens during the cyst removal process?

If you’re scheduled to undergo a lump removal procedure, here are some things you need to know in preparation for your surgery.

Preparing for cyst removal surgery: What to expect

Preparing for cyst removal surgery involves several essential steps to ensure a safe and successful procedure. Here are some key aspects to consider:

Consultation and evaluation

During the initial consultation, your medical history will be reviewed, and a physical examination will be conducted to assess the cyst’s size, location, and characteristics. Additional tests, such as imaging or biopsy, may be ordered to gather more information.

Discussion of treatment options

Based on the evaluation, the plastic surgeon will discuss the recommended treatment options for cyst removal. They will explain the surgical technique, potential risks and benefits, and alternative treatments. This is an opportunity to ask questions, express concerns, and fully understand the procedure.

Preoperative instructions

Prior to cyst removal surgery, you will receive specific instructions to follow. These may include fasting for a certain period before the procedure, avoiding certain medications that can increase bleeding or interfere with anesthesia, and arranging transportation to and from the surgical facility.

Anesthesia options

Cyst removal can be performed under different types of anesthesia, such as local anesthesia (numbing the area around the cyst), regional anesthesia (numbing a larger area), or general anesthesia (putting you to sleep).

Preoperative preparations

On the day of the surgery, you may be asked to shower using a specific antiseptic solution to reduce the risk of infection. You will also need to dress comfortably and avoid wearing any jewelry or makeup. Follow any additional instructions provided by your physician.

Techniques and procedures used in cyst removal

The specific technique and procedure used for cyst removal depend on the type, size, and location of the cyst. Here are some commonly employed approaches:

Excisional surgery

This is the most common method for removing cysts. It involves making a small incision in the skin, carefully dissecting the cyst from the surrounding tissues, and removing it in its entirety. Stitches or sutures may be used to close the incision.

Minimal excision or punch biopsy

This technique is suitable for smaller cysts. A small punch tool is used to create a circular incision around the cyst, which is then elevated and removed. The incision is usually closed with sutures or left to heal naturally.

Laser excision

Laser technology can be utilized to remove cysts with precision. The laser cuts and vaporizes the cyst, minimizing bleeding and promoting faster healing. This technique is often used for superficial or smaller cysts.


Electrocautery involves using an electric current to heat and vaporize the cyst. The heat cauterizes the blood vessels, reducing bleeding during the procedure. Electrocautery is commonly used for sebaceous cyst removal.


Cryotherapy utilizes extreme cold to freeze and destroy the cyst. Liquid nitrogen or other freezing agents are applied directly to the cyst, causing the tissues to freeze and subsequently slough off. This technique is suitable for certain types of cysts, such as epidermoid nodules.


Sclerotherapy is primarily used for certain cysts, such as fluid-filled cysts or cystic masses. A sclerosing agent is injected into the cyst, causing it to shrink and eventually collapse. This technique is often used for cysts that are not easily accessible or in cases where surgical removal may not be the best option.

Understanding the recovery process: What to do after cyst removal

The recovery process after cyst removal is crucial for a smooth healing experience. Here are some critical points to keep in mind:

  • Follow postoperative instructions, such as wound care or activity restrictions, to promote fast healing.
  • Managing pain and discomfort using prescription pain relievers. 
  • Take time off work or activities that may strain the surgical site. 
  • Monitor the surgical site for any signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, warmth, or drainage. 
  • Practice proper wound care.
  • Practice proper scar management.
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Reach out to your support system, friends, or family members, if you need someone to talk to or need assistance during the recovery period.

Remember, every individual’s recovery may vary, and it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice specific to your situation. 

Taking proper care of yourself, following instructions, and seeking medical attention when needed can facilitate a smooth and successful recovery after cyst removal surgery.

Where to find the best plastic surgery consultant in Miami?

With years of experience and a commitment to delivering exceptional results, Dr. Zaydon has earned a reputation as one of the best in the field. He is a highly skilled and renowned plastic surgeon specializing in cyst removal and various reconstructive procedures, such as:

His expertise, attention to detail, and dedication to patient care make him the go-to choice for those seeking safe and effective plastic and reconstructive surgery. 

Whether it’s removing bothersome cysts or performing complex plastic surgery for scars, Dr. Zaydon’s experience and skillset set him apart as a trusted and highly recommended plastic surgeon. Contact us now to learn more!


The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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