Sebaceous Cyst Treatment: Diagnosis, Removal, & Recovery

Do you have a white or yellow lump on your skin and feel bothered by it? It can be a sebaceous cyst. At Mediend Care, we provide advanced minimally invasive sebaceous cyst treatment to safely and effectively remove the lump. Book a consultation with our expert plastic or cosmetic surgeon and determine the best approach for sebaceous cyst removal.

Do you have a white or yellow lump on your skin and feel bothered by it? It can be a sebaceous cyst. At Mediend Care, we provide advanced minimally invasive sebaceous cyst treatment to safely and effectively remove the lump. Book a consultation with our expert plastic or cosmetic surgeon and determine the best approach for sebaceous cyst removal.

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  • What is Sebaceous Cyst Surgery?

    A sebaceous cyst is a slow-growing, protein-filled lump that forms under the skin. Such a cyst originates from the sebaceous gland when it gets damaged. These glands are located on the entire body, except for the palm and soles of the feet. Thus, a sebaceous cyst can form anywhere on the body. While they are usually harmless, they can increase in size, get infected, or cause pain and discomfort. In rare cases, the cyst can also become malignant. Thus, people are advised to get the cyst removed properly.

    While there are several methods available for sebaceous cyst treatment, the most effective method is surgical removal. Other methods primarily focus on improving the symptoms and providing relief, whereas surgical treatment involves removing the cyst contents along with the cyst wall.

    Disease name

    Sebaceous cyst

    Surgery name

    surgery, aspiration, or percutaneous sclerotherapy


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    Sebaceous Cyst Diagnosis

    Diagnosing a sebaceous cyst typically involves a physical exam and evaluation by a doctor (dermatologist or plastic/cosmetic surgeon). The diagnostic process involves the following:

    • Medical History: The first step is taking the patient’s medical history, including his/her symptoms, duration of the cyst, and any relevant past medical conditions or surgeries. 
    • Physical & Visual Exam: The doctor will conduct a physical exam to check the affected area. The cyst, its size, appearance, location, and associated symptoms are observed. Besides this, the doctor will also evaluate the cyst characteristics, such as the central punctum, shape, firmness, etc. These exams help the doctor to make a differential diagnosis to compare the fluid-filled lump with other conditions, such as lipomas, epidermoid cysts, and other types of skin lesions. To differentiate, certain tests may also be recommended. 
    • Ultrasound: An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to create images of the cyst and the surrounding tissues. It can help determine the size, location, and internal structure of the cyst. Ultrasound is often used to differentiate between cysts and other types of masses.
    • Biopsy: A biopsy will be performed if the doctor suspects that the cyst is cancerous. During the biopsy, a sample of the tissue is taken and sent to a laboratory for examination. This helps to confirm the diagnosis. 
    • Other Imaging Tests: In rare cases, if the cyst is deep-seated or the doctor is concerned that underlying structures may also be connected with the cyst, an MRI(magnetic resonance imaging) or CT(computed tomography) scan may be done. These tests will provide detailed images of the internal structures and the surrounding tissues. 

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    Sebaceous Cyst Treatment Options

    There are numerous options for sebaceous cyst treatment. The decision is made based on the severity of the condition, existing symptoms, and the patient’s choice of treatment. The common sebaceous cyst treatment options include the following:

    Besides the medically recommended methods, there are several home remedies, ayurvedic medicine, homeopathic medicines, etc., that are also available in the market for sebaceous cyst removal. However, the effectiveness of these methods is not proven. 

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    Sebaceous Cyst Removal Surgery

    Surgical treatment for sebaceous cysts is recommended when the cyst is growing continuously, and there is a higher risk of cysts becoming inflamed. This can further increase the risk of cysts being ruptured and becoming infected. 

    Doctors usually suggest non-surgical methods first, but when they are ineffective, surgical removal is considered. The most suitable type of sebaceous cyst surgery is chosen by the doctor after diagnosing the condition.

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    Types of Sebaceous Cyst Surgery

    When the cyst or cysts continue growing, cause pain, and become bothersome, the doctor will first suggest drainage of the cyst. But only drainage of the cyst content is not an effective treatment. Thus, sebaceous cyst excision is preferred over drainage. 

    The different methods used to remove the cyst entirely are given below:

    Laser-Aided Excision- In this type of excision, a laser probe is used to make a hole in the cyst. Once the cyst is drained completely, the outer wall of the cyst is also removed after a few weeks.

    Benefits of Sebaceous Cyst Treatment

    There are several benefits to seeking treatment for sebaceous cysts. 

    Preparation Before Sebaceous Cyst Removal

    To prepare the patient for the treatment procedure, the doctor will provide detailed instructions. The common instructions will include the following:

    When the patient arrives at the hospital, he/she is admitted, and the nurses will run some basic tests, such as blood tests, liver function tests, etc., to ensure the patient is in optimal health. The anesthetist will discuss the allergies or previous reactions to anesthesia to determine which type of anesthesia will be suitable. After discussing everything, the patient is asked to sign a consent form before proceeding.

    Sebaceous Cyst Removal Procedure

    Before the surgery begins, local or general anesthesia will be used to numb the specific body part or entire body. Once the anesthesia takes effect, the surgeon proceeds to remove the cyst. 

    The entire procedure takes around 30 minutes, and the patient gets discharged on the same day. 

    What to Expect After Sebaceous Cyst Treatment?

    Immediately after the surgery, the patient will be under observation for a few hours, during which his/her vitals will be monitored. Once the anesthesia wears out, the patient will be transferred to the recovery room. 

    The doctor will suggest that the patient rest properly on the first day. There may be some bruising or swelling around the surgical site, which will disappear within a few days. 

    Before discharging the patient, the doctor

    Recovery After Sebaceous Cyst Surgery

    The results of sebaceous cyst surgery will be clearly visible after the procedure. As the cyst grows outside the skin, after the removal, the skin will be flat again. 

    As the minimally invasive technique is used for removal, the recovery will also be quick. It will take around 1 week to heal after the surgery. You should pay attention to the doctor’s advice and follow the tips below to recover quickly:

    Risks & Complications Associated With Sebaceous Cyst Surgery

    During the Surgery 

    Regardless of the technique used for the treatment of sebaceous cysts, there are the same levels of risks and complications. These potential risks associated with surgery are:

    To ensure that such complications don’t arise, the anesthetist first asks the patient for potential allergies. Besides that, the doctor uses modern surgical instruments approved by USFDA to carry out the procedure safely. 

    After the Surgery 

    Post-surgery, some complications that may arise include:

    Normally, these complications can be avoided successfully if you pay attention to the doctor’s advice and take the prescribed medications. 

    How to Prevent Sebaceous Cyst Recurrence?

    Sebaceous cysts are primarily caused due to trauma or injury to the sebaceous glands. Therefore, the individual should always be cautious and take the necessary steps to prevent new cysts from forming. While it may not be entirely possible to prevent them, take the following measures to reduce the risk of recurrence after surgical or non-surgical treatment:

    Sebaceous cysts may still develop despite preventative measures. If they do, it’ll be best to talk to a doctor and seek proper treatment. 

    Sebaceous Cyst Removal Cost in India

    On average, sebaceous cyst removal cost in India ranges from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 50,000. This is an estimated price range, and the actual cost of sebaceous cyst removal varies for each patient due to various factors. The key factors that influence the cost are listed below:

    It should also be noted that sebaceous cyst treatment can also be covered under health insurance if the condition is symptomatic. It’s advised to talk to the insurance provider to understand the terms and conditions regarding the coverage for sebaceous cyst treatment. 

    Non-Surgical Methods of Sebaceous Cyst Treatment 

    There are several non-surgical methods available for the treatment of sebaceous cysts. While these methods may not be suitable for all cases, they can be helpful in certain situations to manage the symptoms and get temporary relief. Here are some non-surgical methods of sebaceous cyst treatment:

    While these non-surgical methods can be effective in some cases, they may not fully remove the cyst or prevent recurrence. Sebaceous cyst surgery is often considered the most definitive treatment for these cysts.

    While these non-surgical methods can be effective in some cases, they may not fully remove the cyst or prevent recurrence. Sebaceous cyst surgery is often considered the most definitive treatment for these cysts.

    Sebaceous Cyst Home Remedies 

    Common home remedies may not provide a definitive cure for sebaceous cysts, but they can sometimes help alleviate symptoms or promote the healing process. Here are a few home remedies that are worth trying:

    These home remedies may not work for everyone. It’ll be best to talk to a doctor before trying them to ensure they don’t worsen the condition. 

    Sebaceous Cyst Medicine 

    There is no prescribed or over-the-counter sebaceous cyst medicine available that can specifically resolve the condition. The medicines that are generally prescribed by the doctor help in managing the symptoms, such as infection and inflammation. They cannot eliminate the cyst itself. 

    Besides these, some people consider trying out homeopathic and ayurvedic medicines to get long-lasting relief. 

    Homeopathic Medicine for Sebaceous Cyst 

    Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine that uses highly diluted substances to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. Commonly used sebaceous cyst homeopathic medicine in India includes the following:

    These medications should be prescribed by a certified homeopathic doctor. 

    Ayurvedic Medicine for Sebaceous Cyst 

    In Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine from India, the treatment of sebaceous cysts typically focuses on balancing the doshas (energies) in the body and promoting overall well-being. Some common ayurvedic medicine for sebaceous cysts includes the following:

    It’s important for people to understand that these Ayurvedic medicines should not be taken without consulting an Ayurvedic doctor. 

    Sebaceous Cyst Removal Cream 

    Similar to medications, the topical creams available to treat sebaceous cysts don’t remove the cyst itself but only address the symptoms. Certain medicines that are prescribed by doctors are salicylic acid with benzoyl peroxide and 1% hydrocortisone cream. The benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria in and around the cyst, while the salicylic acids target the dead cells and reduce the production of sebum. The hydrocortisone cream helps to reduce the inflammation in the cyst.  

    Using creams or ointments without proper medical guidance may not be effective in treating sebaceous cysts and may even cause further complications. Therefore, it’s always best to seek help from a professional before trying out these non-surgical methods of sebaceous cyst treatment. 

    FAQ Around Sebaceous Cyst

    When should I see a specialist regarding the sebaceous cyst?

    You should see a skin specialist the moment you notice the lump on the skin. It is important to get the lump diagnosed in the early stage to prevent it from growing further.

    Are there any medications available for sebaceous cyst treatment?

    No, there are no medications available that can treat sebaceous cysts. Medicines are only prescribed by the doctor to address the infection and inflammation in the cyst.

    What type of anesthesia is used during sebaceous cyst removal?

    Generally, sebaceous cyst removal is performed under general anesthesia. But if the patient is allergic to some components of the general anesthesia, local anesthesia may be used to numb the body during the surgery.

    Is it good to remove sebaceous cysts?

    If a sebaceous cyst is not symptomatic or causing any cosmetic problems, they are often left as they are. However, if the cyst is problematic, it’ll be better to get it removed by a certified and experienced doctor.

    How to remove sebaceous cysts at home?

    Many people try to remove or pop sebaceous cysts at home, but it’s never advised. At home, the environment is not sterile, and a regular person doesn’t have the necessary skills to remove the cyst safely and entirely. If you try to remove the cyst at home, you may get temporary relief, but the cyst will recur and may even get infected, which will necessitate surgical removal.

    Type of Sebaceous Cyst Surgery


    This technique involves using a sharp knife to create a hole in the cyst. Then it is squeezed, and the contents of the cyst are drained. However, the cyst wall is not removed in the procedure, which is why it is not considered a permanent solution.

    Conventional Wide Excision

    It is the traditional method to remove sebaceous cysts through a wide excision. This technique is highly invasive but also has minimal chances of cyst recurrence.

    Minimal Excision

    As the name suggests, the minimal excision technique involves using tiny incisions in the skin overlying the cyst. This minimizes the scarring and removes the cyst entirely.

    Punch Excision

    With punch excision, the doctor removes the cyst and the normal skin around it altogether using a scalpel that looks like a cookie-cutter.

    Laser-Aided Excision

    In this type of excision, a laser probe is used to make a hole in the cyst. Once the cyst is drained completely, the outer wall of the cyst is also removed after a few weeks.

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      Choosing Mediend Care for sebaceous cyst removal was the best decision. The procedure was quick and painless, and the cyst is completely gone now. Mediend Care's support and follow-up care were excellent.

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      Thanks to Mediend Care, my sebaceous cyst treatment resulted in a quick recovery. The procedure went smoothly, and their post-operative care was excellent, helping me get back to my normal routine in no time. I'm grateful for their expertise and efficiency in ensuring a speedy recovery

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      Sarika Lohia


      I am incredibly thankful to Mediend Care for the exceptional breast surgery they performed. The doctor's expertise and attention to detail filled me with confidence throughout the process. The entire medical team was supportive and understanding, making my experience stress-free. The surgery was a success, and the post-operative care was exemplary. The results of the surgery have transformed my life, and I couldn't be happier. Mediend Care's commitment to patient well-being and their exemplary services set them apart. I wholeheartedly recommend Mediend Care for anyone seeking breast surgery.

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      Janhvi Garg


      Mediend Care's care and expertise during my sebaceous cyst surgery were beyond expectations. The doctors were professional and empathetic, taking the time to understand my symptoms and concerns. They explained the procedure in detail and put my mind at ease. Mediend Care's team provided attentive post-operative care, ensuring my well-being during recovery. They were always available to answer my questions and provided valuable advice. Thanks to Mediend Care, my sebaceous cyst is now treated, and I feel more comfortable and relieved. I highly recommend their services for sebaceous cyst surgery.

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      Hritik Ahale


      I had a sebaceous cyst and received treatment at Mediend Care. The dermatologist was experienced, and the cyst removal procedure was successful. Mediend Care's support during my recovery journey was commendable, and I'm happy with the outcome.

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      Vikalp Sarkar


      I'm impressed by the expertise at Mediend Care. Their sebaceous cyst treatment was efficient, and the results are evident. I can't thank their team enough for making the entire process smooth and hassle-free.

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