What Is A Cyst?
Introduction to Epidermoid And Pilar Cysts (Sebaceous Cysts)
Epidermoid and pilar cysts look like small smooth lumps under the skin surface. A cyst often has a “punctum” in the middle and sometimes discharge white toothpaste like material, which can smell.
They are benign (non-cancerous) and usually cause no harm or problems. If required, they can usually be removed easily by a small operation done under local anaesthetic. The main reason why some people want them removed is for cosmetic reasons, as they can look unsightly.
More About Epidermoid And Pilar CystsSebaceous Cysts are sacs that are filled with a white toothpaste like material. They develop in various places in the body and arise from different tissues in the body. Two of the most common types of cyst that occur under the skin surface are epidermoid and pilar cysts. The term sebaceous cyst is not strictly speaking correct, but still widely used.
- An epidermoid cyst is a lump where the sac forms from cells that normally occur on the top layer of the skin (the epidermis).
- A pilar cyst is a lump where the sac forms from cells similar to those that are in the bottom of hair follicles (where hairs grow from).
What do these cysts look like and what are their symptoms?
Both epidermoid and pilar cysts are smooth round lumps which you can see and feel just beneath the skin surface. They are very common. Often they are small (pea size) but sometimes they slowly get bigger over many months to become a few centimeters in diameter. They look very similar to each other but can be distinguished from each other if the cells that form the cyst sac are looked at under the microscope.
Where Can They Grow?
- Epidermoid cysts can affect anyone but are most common in young and middle-aged adults. They can appear anywhere on the skin but develop most commonly on the face, neck, chest, and upper back.
- Pilar cysts can affect anyone but are most common in middle-aged women. They can appear anywhere on the skin but develop most commonly on the scalp. It is common for several to develop at the same time on the scalp.
If you are unsure what it is or want a review, please book a review appointment. We can usually confirm the nature of a lump just by examining it. Dr Kittel has often seen patients whose lumps were diagnosed as “cysts” and turned out to be other tumours, mostly benign, but occasionally even cancerous and believes cysts should be removed.
There are a number of reasons to have Surgery, for example if your lump is large or in an obvious place and is affecting your self-esteem. It may also need to be removed if it is causing discomfort. For example, it may be pressing on a nerve and causing pain.
*The cost of surgery for the removal of a small Cyst on arms or legs starts at £250. Every further small Cyst (1cm, for deep cysts that is the total diameter, not what is visible on the surface) removed during the same session is typically only an affordable £100. Click here for more detailed pricing. Please be aware laboratory cost and consultation are charged separately. The consultation is free for returning customers. Sometimes they do not need to be sent to the lab.
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*The cost of surgery for the removal of a small Cyst of the scalp starts at £300. Every further small Cyst removed during the same session is typically only an affordable £150 . Click here for more detailed pricing. Please be aware laboratory cost and consultation are charged separately. The consultation is free for returning customers. Sometimes they do not need to be sent to the lab.
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Larger cysts are more expensive, but still within reasonable limits.
Cysts can occur in all types of locations. They can occur on the back, the chest and sometimes even scrotum and vulva. Some cysts have to be treated under General Anaesthetic or by a specialist, also because there are a lot of locations where what is believed to be a cyst doesn’t turn out to be a cyst. On untypical locations Dr Kittel will sometimes ask for a scan prior to surgery. Be aware that large cysts and deep facial cysts can be quite expensive to remove, typically £500-£800, while scrotal cysts and very small cysts can be quite inexpensive.
If you wish to have your lump surgically removed, please contact us on 07973 66 33 55. We will freeze your skin using local anaesthetic prior to skin surgery. Afterwards, we remove your Lipoma(s) with as small an incision as possible. However, large Lipomas often require patient surgery, which can last up to 75 minutes. Small lumps on arms and legs are usually quickly removed. There is usually no more than a fine scar.separately. The consultation is free for returning customers. Sometimes Lipomas do not need to be sent to the lab. Lipomas on back, front and shoulders particularly larger ones can be more expensive as they can be considerably more difficult to remove.
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