Skin Cysts

cyst on upper lip

If you are bothered by an unsightly or painful sebaceous cyst, we can help. At the Centre for Minor Surgery (CFMS), our plastic surgeons perform sebaceous cyst removal in Toronto using a “smallest possible scar” technique to help you feel more comfortable and confident.

What are sebaceous cysts?

Sebaceous cysts are benign growths originating from the oil glands located our skin. They form due to a blockage (cause often unknown) in the outlet of a sebaceous gland which normally allows the oils (sebum) produced by that gland to surface onto the skin. In essence, a sebaceous cyst is a blocked oil gland in the skin that enlarges as oil and fluid build up inside it.

Where can sebaceous cysts form?

Sebaceous cysts can occur on any body part that has sebaceous glands. Common locations include:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Upper back
  • Chest

Sebaceous cysts often cause no symptoms, especially if they are small. As they enlarge, they may become tender due to stretching of the overlying skin or if external pressure is applied to them for example by lying down on a sebaceous cyst on the back.

Do sebaceous cysts need treatment?

Sebaceous cysts can sometime become infected and cause spontaneous tenderness in the cyst along with redness and heat. An infected sebaceous cyst may need to be treated using antibiotics and/or a surgical drainage procedure. The cyst will then usually need to be formally excised at a later date once the infection has been resolved for at least several weeks.

What happens during sebaceous cyst removal?

At CFMS, sebaceous cysts are treated by direct surgical excision under local anesthesia in our surgery centre. Direct surgical excision involves making an incision directly over the cyst, extracting the cyst surgically, and then stitching the skin. At CFMS, we are always laser-focused on using minimal incisions, therefore leaving the smallest scars possible when excising sebaceous cysts.

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How do I get started?

To meet with one of the plastic surgeons at The Centre for Minor Surgery in Toronto, book a consultation using our online form or by calling (416) 663-9649.
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