Anyone has a sebaceous cyst removed before?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had never heard of this, so I googled it, and found this link and picture of a guy who had one surgically removed. He said it wasn’t too bad. I won’t link to it unless you want me to though… the picture of the cyst – it’s not for the squeamish or faint of heart.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hmmm…  I think I got one of those in my armpit several years ago but it never got angry and eventually just went away.  It seems like surely they would be able to do such a simple surgery with minimal invasion and scarring though!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve had them on my scalp of all places.  Removal was pretty quick and relatively painless.  Unfortunately I can’t give you much info on how it looks afterwords because my scars if they exist are covered by my hair.  I do remember right after they were removed I could feel a bit of a dent on my head, but it went away after a few weeks. 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m kind of concerned that you will have a scar.  I had a mole removed by a dermatologist last June and the skin is still pink compared to the rest of my skin.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

DH had his removed a few years ago. Same as you, it was just a little bump for AGES and then suddenly it looked so bad I took him to emergency!!!! They drained it and then it was removed. He does have a scar but I don’t think it’s particularly noticeable unless you are up close. Possibly you could use makeup to hide it? He found the draining quite painful and isn’t good with needles which didn’t help. The thing I remember most (and this might be TMI) was the smell. I was across the room and could smell it! At one point DH said “it hurts” and the two doctors looked at each other and one said “we’re all hurting mate”. Ah, fun times. It has never come back thank goodness! You will be fine 🙂

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

Hi,

If you don’t mind, let me know how it goes.  I have three of them and I want to have them removed this year, but my doctor told me because they aren’t inflammed my insurance won’t cover the removal, because it will be considered cosmetic!  Thank you for any info you care to share!  🙂  Rhonda

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

i can’t believe you didn’t just hack that whole thing out! Though i guess that scarring would be less than pleasant for photos. My husband had one removed in …. 07? And it scarred, too – it’s about the size of a dime.

Post # 12
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1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I get these on my face, unfortunately. I’ve had two in the last month. I can’t get them removed this close to the wedding, so this is what I did if anyone else has to wait for removal:

Used a heat compress for 10 minutes every night on the cyst.

Alternated between applying a benzoyl peroxide cream and Buffering Lotion, which is a sulfur mixture.

I still have a small bump, but after a week of this the cysts for the most part deflated.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had one on my shoulder and it got infected and it was horrible. It had to be drained before it got sewn up by a plastic surgeon Draining it was like popping a gigantic zit and it was very painful. Most painful thing I’ve ever experienced. I do have a scar but it’s not that bad because of the plastic surgeon.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@valhalla – i would have done the same thing, to be honest. Also, i second marjojos comment about the plastic surgeon – my husband’s was done by his dermatologist who is in the “hack it off” school of thought. he has that scar and it’s probably not going to go away. My friend though had 2 moles removed from her face by a plastic surgeon (recommended by her derm) and she won’t even scar at all.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I do these.  They aren’t that big a deal, scars are small and look better than the cyst originally did.  I once took off one from a bridesmaid wearing a strapless dress on her shoulder a month before the wedding- she was thrilled.  I would just make sure your doctor has done a lot of them.  The key is how they line up the edges.  You should be fine!

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