How much does it cost to get rid of a sebaceous cyst? As sebaceous cyst removal specialists in Ontario, this is a question we hear often. When it comes time to remove a cyst, you want to get rid of it for good—but also as cost-efficiently as possible.
In this blog post, we’ll explain how much you can expect to pay for sebaceous cyst removal, as well as why it’s worth investing in proper treatment in the long run.
What Is a Sebaceous Cyst?
A sebaceous cyst is essentially a blocked oil gland in the skin. For reasons we often aren’t aware of, certain glands become blocked and then grow into dome-shaped bumps as oils and fluids back up within them. The good news is that these lumps are benign and not cause for immediate concern. They can, however, cause infections, tenderness, redness, and heat if they become irritated.
What Is the Best Way To Get Rid of a Sebaceous Cyst?
Surgical removal is the most effective and long-lasting way to remove a cyst. With this technique, a surgeon uses local anesthesia to numb the area before creating an incision above the cyst, removing it, and suturing the incision closed. At the Centre for Minor Surgery, our Royal College-certified plastic surgeons use the smallest possible incisions to leave tiny, inconspicuous scars.
How Much Does Sebaceous Cyst Removal Cost?
At our Ontario clinic, the price of sebaceous cyst removal starts at $495. The actual price of your procedure may vary depending on how large the cyst is and where it is located. We will provide you with a personalized pricing estimate before moving forward with your procedure so you know what to expect in terms of costs. (You can find more cost information on our pricing page.)
Does OHIP Cover Sebaceous Cyst Removal?
OHIP typically does not cover sebaceous cyst removal. Because the cysts are benign, the Ministry of Health defines their removal as an unessential procedure. The same is true for removing non-cancerous moles, which you can learn more about in this blog post.
Can I Squeeze Out or “Pop” a Sebaceous Cyst at Home?
We do not recommend anyone try to remove a sebaceous cyst at home. While it may be tempting to pop it yourself, this has a high likelihood of leading to infection or other complications, which can cause bigger issues down the road. It’s also unlikely to be effective—people who attempt it often leave part of the cyst intact.
Will My Cyst Come Back After Surgery? Will I Need To Get It Removed Again?
Investing in surgical removal is typically the best way to get rid of a cyst for good so you can enjoy clear skin and peace of mind. While cysts can reappear after surgery, this isn’t very common. Draining the cyst or allowing it to go away naturally is more likely to lead to a resurgence.
If you would like to learn more about the cost of removing a sebaceous cyst and other treatments, please give us a call at (416) 663-9649, or book a consultation online. Our Ontario clinic welcomes sebaceous cyst removal patients from Barrie, Mississauga, and other surrounding cities.