Cysts in the skin are also known as sebaceous cysts or epidermoid cysts. Cysts that are very large and result in symptoms due to their size may be surgically removed. Sometimes the fluid contained within a cyst can be drained, or aspirated, by inserting a needle or catheter into the cyst cavity, resulting in collapse of the cyst. Imaging such as ultrasound or CT scanning may be used for guidance in draining (aspirating) cyst contents.
Cyst or lesion removal is performed on an outpatient basis. Anesthesia is used to prevent any pain or discomfort during treatment.
Dr. Kim is very conscientious of the placement and nature of incisions; with the right technique, the scarring can be minimal. For example, by placing the incision in the natural creases of the skin and using special closure techniques, the resulting scar is hardly visible.
After the area has been numbed, Dr. Kim will make the incisions around the lesion or cyst. He then excises the tissue and if it seems suspicious, a specimen may be sent to a pathologist for further examination. The incision is closed with suture material and dressed with a bandage.
Cyst or lesion removal typically does not require extensive downtime or recovery. Most patients are able to return to work or school the next day.