This video shows how I remove cysts called epidermoid or sebaceous cysts. These lie deep in the skin, and lasers, needles, punch biopsies or surgical procedures such as incision or punch excision are needed to extract. This shows me performing this procedure in first person.
Simple techniques like Dr Sandra Lee nick and extract are effective. Like Dr Pimple Popper I use punch biopsies, needles, or a co2 or erbium laser in drill mode to make a tiny hole. This allows cyst extractions to be simple, yet effective. My local anaesthetic is lidocaine. Blackheads can also clog up the oil gland – acne comedome and may lead to infection, forming acne cysts, leading to pus and zits. A similar method can be used to remove these cysts, however steroid injections are better in cases like these.
Blackheads can be popped, squeezed or extracted. Dr Sandra Lee AKA Dr Pimple Popper has done many videos on acne, cyst and blackhead extractions, and shows the correct technique. I have a few videos on my method of blackhead extraction, using comedone extractors that can be cheaply purchased online. By prepping the skin, blackheads can be removed with minimal discomfort and no scarring. Stubborn blackheads that are deep can be softened with a warm towel, or even a prep of AHA several days before extractions are performed. Cysts like this one do no require preparation before extractions.
Dealing with Facial Cysts
Decide if medical intervention is necessary. Facial cysts, medically referred to as sebaceous cysts, can be annoying and unsightly but they don’t necessarily require medical intervention. If the cyst is not painful, it might be best to leave it alone to avoid complications having it removed. However, you should see a doctor if any of the following develop:
-Facial cysts are usually small, round lumps just underneath the skin. They may be black, reddish or yellowish, and occasionally release foul-smelling discharge. Cysts are generally more painful than other skin conditions, such as pimples.
-If the cyst ruptures, this can lead to a potentially dangerous boil-like infection. Prompt treatment and removal is required.
-If the cyst suddenly becomes painful and swollen, it may be infected. See a doctor to get the cyst removed and get the proper antibiotics.
-In very rare cases, a cyst can lead to skin cancer. During your regular annual doctor’s exam, ask your doctor to look at the cyst and determine if it poses a risk for cancer.
Dealing with Facial Cysts
Ask your doctor for an injection. If the cyst is infected or painful, your doctor can inject the cyst with a medication. While this will not fully remove the cyst, it will reduce redness and swelling. This can make the cyst less noticeable.
Have the cyst drained. If the cyst grows significantly or becomes painful and uncomfortable, you can have it medically removed. The cyst can be cut open and drained by your doctor.
– The doctor will make a small cut in the cyst and gently drains out the built up fluid. The procedure is fairly quick and usually not painful.
– The major downside to this method is that cysts often reoccur after being lanced and drained.
Ask about surgery. The only way to fully remove a cyst is through surgery. Talk to your doctor about undergoing surgery if you want a cyst removed.
– Cyst removal surgery is minor. It does not take very long and recovery time is relatively brief. However, you may have to return to your doctor’s office after the surgery to remove any stitches.
– Surgery is very safe and usually prevents cysts from occurring. However, cysts do not usually pose a medical threat. Therefore it may be difficult to get surgery covered by insurance.