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Important Facts About Sebaceous Cysts

  • Can I Remove A Sebaceous Cyst By Myself?

    It is not recommended to remove a sebaceous cyst by yourself. Doing so can lead to infection, scarring, and incomplete removal, which may result in the cyst returning. It’s best to seek medical advice for proper evaluation and treatment.

  • How painful is sebaceous cyst removal?

    The pain level during sebaceous cyst removal is minimal to none. Local anaesthesia is used to numb the area. You might feel some pressure or mild discomfort, but the procedure should not be painful.

  • What are the risks of removing a sebaceous cyst?

    Blisters that ooze and crust can form in areas where the skin bends (inside your elbow, behind your knees, or on the front of your neck).

  • What is the fastest way to get rid of a sebaceous cyst?

    The quickest way to remove a sebaceous cyst is through surgical excision by a dermatologist. This ensures complete removal and reduces the risk of recurrence.

  • Can a sebaceous cyst become cancerous?

    Sebaceous cysts are typically benign and rarely become cancerous. However, if a cyst changes in appearance, becomes very painful, or shows signs of infection, it’s important to seek medical advice to rule out other conditions.

What To Expect Working With Us

  • Learn about the fastest procedure suitable for your condition

    Consult our eczema specialist on potential triggers you can avoid to minimise the frequency of your flare-ups.

  • Explore treatments that reduce recurrence of sebaceous cysts

    Based on the severity of your condition, our eczema specialist will recommend a personalised treatment plan aimed at reducing the severity of your symptoms.

Painless & Fast Removal Of Your Sebaceous Cyst

Consult our MOH-accredited dermatologist for a personalised treatment plan today.

Dr Noor Hanif Said

Medical Director & Consultant Dermatologist
  • MBBS (Singapore)
  • MRCP (United Kingdom)
  • FAMS (Dermatology)

Over 20 years of experience
in medical, Surgical & aesthetic Dermatology

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, Singapore)
  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP, United Kingdom)
  • Fellow Of The Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS, Dermatology)

Prior to starting his private practice at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Dr Hanif was a dermatologist at the National Skin Centre and a Visiting Consultant with the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Dermatology Service.

Apart from his expertise in the management of general dermatological problems such as eczema, psoriasis, hair loss and acne, he has special interests in pigmentary disorders and aesthetic dermatology.

Types of Sebaceous Cyst Removal

Our dermatologist will conduct a detailed assessment of your condition and recommend the most suitable treatment plan for you.

  • Surgical Excision

    The entire cyst and its contents are removed through a surgical procedure. The area is numbed with local anaesthesia, a small incision is made, and the cyst is carefully extracted. 

    This is a thorough method, ensuring complete removal of the cyst to prevent recurrence. It is commonly used for larger cysts or if there’s a risk of infection.

  • Laser Therapy

    A laser is used to make a small hole in the cyst, allowing the contents to drain, and then the cyst wall is removed.

    This method results in less scarring and a quicker recovery time compared to surgical excision. It is often used for smaller cysts.

  • Minimal Excision

    A smaller incision is made compared to surgical excision, and the contents of the cyst are drained before the wall is removed.

    This method aims to reduce scarring while still ensuring complete removal of the cyst.

  • Cryotherapy

    The cyst is frozen using liquid nitrogen, causing it to die and eventually fall off.

    This method is less invasive but is typically used for smaller cysts. There is a risk of skin discoloration at the treatment site.

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