Cyst & Lipoma Removal
Cysts or Lipomata (fatty lumps under the skin) can be easily removed by one of our doctors during a thirty minute surgical procedure which is performed under local anaesthetic. The procedure takes around 30 minutes to complete and the typical cost for self-funding patients is dependent on the size and number of lesions present.
Cyst and Lipoma Removal is offered at all three of our clinics based in Sussex:
What is a lipoma?
A Lipoma is a benign soft fatty lump consisting of fat cells that have clumped together. The dome shaped lesions typically feel soft and can be felt to move slightly under the skin when they are pressed. They occur in around 1% of the population and can vary from the size of a pea to several centimeters in diameter, often being mistaken for Cysts.
What is a Cyst?
A Cyst is a harmless sac-like growth in the deeper layers of the skin that contains fluid. They are typically formed from the lining of a hair follicle that gets blocked, although relatively little is known about the cause of them or why certain individuals get more than others. They are extremely common and most people will get one during their lives.
The cyst sac is filled with a soft, whiting brown material that sometimes oozes out onto the skin’s surface. Occasionally they can become inflamed if the contents of the cyst rupture into the surrounding skin, causing them to be red and painful. Occasionally, bacteria can also enter the cyst and cause an infection which needs to be treated with antibiotics.
Do they need treatment?
Small Cysts or Lipoma (e.g. less than 5mm) don’t usually need treatment, but can easily be removed by a minor surgical procedure. Larger ones tend to be removed because they are unsightly or because they have become inflamed. Both are treated by surgical excision, where a small surgical opening into the skin is made to remove the lesion. This is done under local anaesthetic by our doctor and will require stitches which will need to be removed 7-10 days later.
Is it safe to remove a Cyst or Lipoma?
Most cysts and lipoma are perfectly harmless and their removal is entirely optional. Occasionally they can become inflamed or painful, but generally they are removed purely for cosmetic reasons or comfort.
What are the side-effects?
As with any surgical procedure there are some potential side-effects that may result from a procedure. Whilst we do everything we can to get the best possible cosmetic result for you, the procedure will result in a scar following surgery. As with all surgical procedure it is possible that the wound may become infected, but this is rare and most patients are pleased with the results. As with all of our procedures, if you get any problems or have any questions following surgery then please Contact Us for further advice.