Several subscribers have asked us how lasers can be used to remove a cyst.
A sebaceous cyst is a benign lesion of the skin, which looks like a closed sac or cyst below the surface of the skin that has a lining that resembles the uppermost part of a hair follicle that is filled with a fatty white, semi-solid material called sebum. Sebum is produced by sebaceous glands of the epidermis. More about Sebaceous Cyst.
Traditional techniques to remove cyst are:
For large cysts or cysts located in areas of thick skin, the cyst wall is more friable or not easy to squeeze. Complete cyst removal with a better cosmetic appearance in these cases is more difficult to achieve.
A new procedure for treating a Sebaceous Cyst was recently published by study group from China.
Chinese physicians have documented a what seems to be a very effective treatment protocol. They use laser punches to prepare the cyst for the removal of the content with a minimal excision.
The new method with two steps is proposed:
The method offers a good alternative for eradication of uninfected cysts with only a small scar, especially large cysts or cysts located in areas of thick skin or cosmetic concern. Images and more detailed description of the laser cyst removal procedure.