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Same day treatment in 30 mins
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Costs from £500

Cyst Removal Results

Cyst removal surgery

Cyst removal surgery

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Cyst removal surgery on cheek

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Eyelid cyst removal results

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Pilar cyst removal

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Before and after cyst removal scalp

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Scalp cyst removal results

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Eyebrow cyst removal

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Before and after scalp cyst removal

Before and after scalp cyst

Before and after scalp cyst surgery

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Before and after eyebrow cyst removal

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Infected sebaceous cyst removal

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Sebaceous cyst abdomen surgery

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Cyst removal from cheek

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Cyst Removal

What are cysts?

A skin cyst is a fluid-filled lump or bump with smelly cheese like substance just underneath the skin. They are common and harmless and most slowly grow with time. It can be difficult to tell whether a lump is a cyst or something else that might need treatment and so worth asking a doctor for advice.

What do they look like?

A skin cyst is a round, dome-shaped lump that is smooth and has yellow or white colour. Cysts can range in size from smaller than a pea to a few centimetres across. Skin cysts do not usually hurt, but can become tender, sore and red if they become infected.

Types of skin cyst

Sebaceous or epidermoid cysts are the most common type found on the face, neck, chest, shoulders or skin around the genitals.

Cysts that form around hair follicles are known as pilar cysts which are commonly found on the scalp.

Cysts mainly occur in adult and middle age.

When should I seek treatment?

Cysts grow with time and can become uncomfortable and a nuisance that means people become more self-conscious about them. If a cyst is on the face ideally you want to remove them when they are small so any scar will be less. If they are on the body or scalp when they reach 2-3 cm in size you would ideally time to remove them so any scarring is minimal.

What are the benefits?

Cyst surgery removal means that the lump or bump is then removed completely for peace of mind and be replaced by a small scar. This means it will be less visible and no longer be nuisance. It is a quick simple procedure that takes less than 20 minutes. It is pain-free due to the local anaesthetic.

Why Cosmedics for cyst removal

You will be seen by one of our expert skin doctors who can offer same day cyst removal as part of our ‘See & treat’ service.

We are also pioneers of the micro excision short scar technique(1) so any cyst removal leaves the smallest scar possible(2).

Our costs start from £500 at any of our CQC registered clinics in London and Bristol.

What is the recovery?

You will go home with a small plaster over the wound and any stitches will be removed in 7-14 days. You may experience some mild discomfort for 1-2 days, which will then settle.

You can carry on normal activities during this time according to doctor’s instructions. You will be given an aftercare sheet that will outline all the details.

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Time to allow at clinic

30-45 minutes

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Return to work

Same or next day

Cyst Removal Costs

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Simple cyst from £500
Larger cystsfrom £750

Cyst Consultation

The cost of consultation with our doctors is £50. This is redeemable against the cost of treatment carried out on the same day.

Prices are a guide to the costs and the exact price can only be determined once the doctor has examined you in person. Most cysts don’t need histology testing. However, in certain circumstances if the doctor thinks it is necessary, then they will discuss this with you and the related costs.

Please call 0207 386 0464 OR email enquiries@cosmedics.co.uk for help. You can also send a photo, using the form below or via email.

How Do I Book an Appointment?

Our medical advisors would be happy to make an appointment for you to discuss your cyst removal:

The consultation fee is payable on booking. We have a 48-hour cancellation policy.

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You can also add an optional short message and photo of the treatment area.

Cyst Removal FAQ: Questions & Answers

How much does it cost to remove a cyst UK?

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The treatment will generally last around 30 minutes and it is carried out under local anaesthetic. The cost for the removal of a cyst by surgical excision starts from £500. The cost for medium cyst is about £750 and larger cysts £850. The exact cost will be given when the doctor assess the cyst before your procedure.

Is cyst removal painful?

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At Cosmedics we are aware of peoples perception it might be painful. This is not the case as we use nano sized needles to numb the area first so you don’t feel anything during the procedure.

What can happen if a cyst is left untreated?

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If left untreated, benign cysts can cause complications including infection; where the cyst fills with bacteria and pus and becomes an abscess which leads to be a bigger wound and more scarring.

How do I know if it’s a cyst?

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It can be very difficult to self-diagnose a cyst, as there are so many types. Please send your photo to enquiries@cosmedics.co.uk. We’ll ask one of our doctors or surgeons to take a look and give you their thoughts and advice. This is no substitute for a face to face consultation, but can be a really helpful place to start if you’re not sure.

What scar can I expect after a cyst removal?

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Our doctors use micro excisions where possible to any scarring is kept to a minimum and heal quickly.

What are cysts and why do we get them?

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Cysts are closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material, creating a “lump or bump” that may feel like a small, smooth pea under the skin’s surface. They can develop as a result of infection, clogging of sebaceous glands, or around foreign bodies or ingrown hairs. Cysts often occur on the face, scalp and body with the commonest types being a sebaceous cyst, epidermal or pilar cysts.

What are the most common types of cysts?

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Cysts can be formed for a variety of different reasons. They can be caused by infections, inherited diseases, chronic inflammation and most commonly blockages in ducts. The common type of cysts are:

Epidermoid  & Pilar cysts

An Epidermoid cyst is a small benign bump filled with keratin protein, often these occur if you have trauma around a hair follicle within the skin. An Epidermoid cyst grows deeper into the skin rather and eventually grows outwards to the surface which then the cyst is properly formed and able to be removed.

Sebaceous cyst

Sebaceous cysts often form from the sebaceous glands. These glands are part of the skin and hair follicles, if they get ruptured or blocked the glands then generate sebaceous cysts. The sebaceous glands make the oil for your hair and skin, these cysts are made from sebum and are less common than Epidermoid cysts.

Chalazia cyst

Chalazia cysts are benign cysts that occur on your eyelids when the oil gland duct is blocked, These cysts can be quite painful and cause blurred vision, painful swelling and can often grow quite large. Chalazia cysts are best to get diagnosed and removed as soon as possible before the symptoms cause too much pain for the individual.

Do I need to take time off work?

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No, for most cyst removals you can return to work the next day.

Can I shower after cyst removal?

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You can wash and shower, but be careful to keep the area dry for the first 1-2 days. Avoid long baths for 7 days.

Will I need to replace the dressings?

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Yes, you will be given dressings to use that are changed every 2-3 days.

Does it hurt afterwards?

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You might have some discomfort for a day or so, in which case parcetamol or ibuprofen are fine to take.

When can I start exercise?

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Walking and gentle exercise is fine. However, if the area is affected by exercise such as the leg then we recommended leaving heavy exercise for 2 weeks.

Do I need a separate appointment for my cyst removal?

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The vast majority of cysts can be removed in the same appointment as your consultation as part of our ‘See & Treat’ service.

Our exclusive ‘See & Treat’ system was designed specifically to enable clients to go ahead with treatment in the same appointment as their consultation (as long as both patient and Doctor/Surgeon are agreed). If you’re not sure there’s no obligation to go ahead straightaway; you’re welcome to arrange treatment for another day if preferred.

In some cases, complex cysts may require a longer treatment and therefore require a separate appointment. Your doctor/surgeon will advise on this during your consultation after full assessment and diagnosis of the cyst.

Do you use local anaesthetic?

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Yes, cyst removal is entirely pain-free thanks to the use of local anaesthetic.

Do I need to have stitches?

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After cyst removal, we normally will need to use stitches to bring the edges of the wound together. We use dissolving stitches where possible, but in some cases, stitches may need removing by your Doctor/Surgeon 1-2 weeks after cyst removal.

We will advise on this fully after assessment of your cyst during your initial consultation.

What equipment do you use?

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Most cysts are removed very carefully using a sterile scalpel.

When can I go swimming?

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It is important to avoid soaking the area for 7 days, so leave a week before you go swimming – more if you think the wound needs a bit more time to heal.

What should I expect after facial cyst removal?

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You will be given specific instructions regarding wound care and dressings in your appointment.

There is usually a dressing applied after facial cyst removal, to protect the wound while it starts to heal. You will be given some additional dressings to go home with and can replace the dressing if needed. Be gentle when removing any dressings. Soaking in some warm water (not overly hot) can help loosen it up if stuck. After removing the dressing, the wound itself can be cleaned with some soapy water, then dried.

If you are using steri-strips, then you reapply by cutting the strips in half and applying across the wound. If required, the shower proof dressing is then put on top.

Your doctor/surgeon will advise how long you need to use dressings, steristrips and shower proof layers.

What should I expect after cyst removal on the body?

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You will be given specific instructions regarding wound care and dressings in your appointment, as this can vary depending on the nature of treatment that you’ve had.

After cyst removal, our doctor/surgeon will usually apply a dressing. You will be given some additional dressings so that you can replace it at home if needed. Be gentle when removing any dressings. Soaking in some warm water (not overly hot) can help loosen it up if stuck. After removing the dressing, the wound itself can be cleaned with some soapy water, then dried.

If you are using steristrips, these are usually cut in half and then applied across the wound. A shower proof dressing is then put on top (if supplied).

What should I expect after scalp cyst removal?

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Your doctor/surgeon will give specific instructions regarding wound care and dressings in your appointment.

We usually use a spray on dressing applied after cyst removal on the scalp, as dressings can be quite awkward where there is a lot of longer hair. The spray on dressing protects the wound while it starts to heal.

Keep this area dry for 1-2 days. After then, you can wash the hair as normal, but be especially gentle and careful around the wound. Apply Vaseline or silicone scar gel 2-3 times a day to help the wound heal.

Stitches are then removed 7-10 days later. We will check on how the wound is healing and give any further advice as required.

Will I have a bruise?

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Some bruising in the area is quite normal after cyst removal. This normally takes 7-14 days to settle. Gentle massage and arnica cream can help speed up the recovery.

What can I do to minimise scarring?

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Once the wound has healed (typically around 2 weeks) then scar therapy can start. Our advice for the best scar reduction therapy is as follows:

Cyst removal from body/limbs

  • Continue to support the wound with steri-strips or micropore tape for 2 months changing them every couple of days as they get worn. The reason for this that even though the wound has healed the wound is only at about 50% of its normal skin strength at this stage, so in areas when the skin moves a lot the scar then stretches if it is not supported during these first few few months whilst it regains more strength.
  • After the period of strapping for 1-2 months, you can then start to massage with Silicon scar gel, Bio-Oil or vitamin e cream. This should be done 2-3 times a day for the next 3 months to help improve the redness and texture of the scar.

Cyst removal from facial areas

  • Apply silicon scar gel twice a day, morning and evening. Dermatix or Kelo-cote are available at Cosmedics Skin Clinics or at most chemists.
  • Make-up can be applied over the top once the scar gel has dried if needed.
  • Gentle massage during the day using moisturising cream or oil (e.g. Bio-Oil) helps soften the scar as well.  This can be done for up to 3 months.

What are do’s and don’ts after cyst removal?

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You will have a dressing over the site so we ask that you keep this dry for 24-48 hours but can then wash as normal. If it’s uncomfortable simple ibuprofen or paracetamol is ok to take. You may have stitches that will be removed 7-14 days after the procedure so should avoid strenuous exercise until then. You can resume work straight after the treatment.

AFTERCARE INFORMATION – Cyst Removal

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Aftercare after cyst removal is fairly straightforward. Please click below for detailed information

AFTERCARE

Cyst removal clinics near you

Cyst removal clinics in London and Bristol

Harley Street

41 Harley St
Marylebone
London
W1G 8QH

0207 386 0464
Putney

4 Disraeli Road
Putney
London
SW15 2DS

0207 386 0464
South Kensington

30 Thurloe Place
South Kensington
London
SW7 2JE

0207 386 0464
London City

City Walk-In Clinic
Ground Floor
Renown House
33–34 Bury Street
London
EC3A 5AR

0207 386 0464

Mole removal clinical references and studies

(1) – J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol
(2) Comparison of the surgical outcomes of punch incision and elliptical excision in treating epidermal inclusion cysts: a prospective, randomized study.
  • Lee HE, Yang CH, Chen CH, Hong HS, Kuan YZ.Dermatol Surg.
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