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Cyst Removal

Cyst Removal

When you hear the term “cyst removal,” you might not immediately recognise its significance unless you or someone close has experienced issues with cysts. A cyst is essentially a sac that can form anywhere in your body or under your skin, containing fluid, air, or other substances. These are generally benign, or non-cancerous. However, they can cause discomfort, infection, or merely an unwanted change in appearance, prompting many to consider their removal.

Cyst removal is more than just a cosmetic fix; it is often performed to alleviate discomfort or to prevent potential health risks associated with cysts that become infected or obstruct normal bodily functions. The necessity and urgency of removal can depend on the cyst’s nature and its effects on your body. By familiarising yourself with this procedure, you can prepare yourself better for discussions with Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna and make better decisions about potential treatments.


At a glance

Procedure Time
30 minutes
Procedure Anaesthesia
Local anaesthesia
Procedure Downtime
24 hours
Procedure Frequency
One time
Procedure Results
Smooth skin surface

Table of Contents

What is Cyst Removal?

Cyst removal, or cystectomy, is a surgical intervention designed to remove cysts from your body. These cysts could be located on your skin, inside your organs, or in other body tissues. The content of these cysts varies; they may be filled with air, fluid, pus, or other materials. Though usually benign, cysts can range in size from very small, barely noticeable lumps under the skin to large masses that can cause significant discomfort and other symptoms.

The procedure itself can vary from simple and minimally invasive to more complex surgeries, depending on the cyst’s size, type, and location. In most cases, cyst removal is carried out on an outpatient basis, which means you can go home the same day. This is particularly true if the cyst is easily accessible and small.

Who Needs Cyst Removal?

You might need cyst removal if you are experiencing discomfort, if the cyst is in a location that causes physical limitations or if it poses a risk of complications such as infection or rupture. The decision to remove a cyst can also be influenced by aesthetic concerns, especially if it’s in a highly visible area, causing you to feel self-conscious.

Anca usually recommends cyst removal when:

  • The cyst is painful: If a cyst causes discomfort or pain, removing it can provide relief.
  • The cyst restricts movement: Cysts on joints or in the musculoskeletal system that limit your range of motion or daily activities might need to be removed.
  • There are signs of infection: Infected cysts often require removal to prevent the spread of infection and to treat the existing infection effectively.
  • There’s a risk of rupture: Cysts that are at risk of rupturing, which can lead to serious complications, are usually removed as a preventative measure.
  • Cosmetic reasons: If a cyst’s appearance causes distress or affects your quality of life, this is another valid reason for removal.

Before proceeding with cyst removal, Anca will likely perform a series of evaluations, including physical examinations and possibly imaging tests like ultrasounds or MRIs, to determine the cyst’s type and whether it’s the source of your symptoms. These assessments help in planning the best approach for removal and ensuring the procedure is tailored to your specific needs.

Benefits of the Cyst Removal Procedure

The benefits of undergoing a cyst removal procedure can significantly impact your lifestyle and health, depending on the nature and location of the cyst. Here are some benefits:

  • Relief from pain and discomfort: Once the cyst is removed, any pain or discomfort associated with it usually resolves.
  • Improved mobility: If the cyst is located in a place that interferes with movement, removing it can restore full range of motion.
  • Reduced risk of complications: Removal eliminates the risk of cyst rupture and infection, which can lead to more severe health issues.
  • Enhancement of appearance: For cysts that are visible and unsightly, removal can improve your appearance and, consequently, your social confidence.

Beyond these direct benefits, cyst removal can also prevent the recurrence of similar issues in the same area, particularly when the entire cyst sac is removed. This thorough approach minimises the likelihood of having to undergo additional procedures in the future.

Types of Cyst Removal Procedures

Surgical Excision

This is the most thorough method, involving the complete removal of the cyst along with its sac to prevent recurrence. Surgical excision may require stitches, and depending on the cyst’s size and depth, it could be done under local or general anaesthesia. This method is generally preferred for larger cysts or those located in areas where cosmetic outcomes are important.


In this procedure, a needle is used to puncture the cyst, and its contents are drained. This method is less invasive and can be quicker than excision, but it does not remove the cyst sac, meaning the cyst might refill and require further treatment. Drainage is often used for inflamed or infected cysts as a temporary solution.

Laser Removal

Laser therapy involves using a focused beam of light to vaporise the cyst. This method is used for smaller cysts and has the advantage of minimal scarring and a faster recovery time. Laser removal is particularly effective for cysts that are close to the skin’s surface.

How is the Cyst Removal Procedure Performed?

The cyst removal process begins with a consultation with Anca, who will assess the cyst and discuss the most appropriate removal method. Once you have agreed on the procedure, here’s what you can generally expect:

  • Preparation: Depending on the type of removal and anaesthesia, you may be asked to fast for several hours before the procedure. Local anaesthesia is commonly used, especially for superficial cysts, to numb the area around the cyst.
  • The Procedure: The specifics of the procedure will vary:
    • Excision: Anca makes an incision over the cyst, removes it, and then closes the incision with stitches.
    • Drainage: The cyst is punctured with a needle or small incision to drain the contents.
    • Laser Removal: A laser is directed at the cyst to vaporise it.
  • Aftercare: Immediately after the procedure, a dressing is applied to the site. You might receive instructions on how to care for the wound at home, including cleaning and dressing changes.
  • Recovery: Recovery times can vary. Simple procedures under local anaesthesia might allow you to return to normal activities the next day, while more invasive procedures might require a longer recovery period.

Depending on the type, location, and size of the cyst, different procedures may be recommended to ensure the best outcome with minimal risk and discomfort. Each of these methods has its benefits and risks, and the choice of procedure will depend on your specific circumstances, including the cyst’s characteristics, your general health, and your preferences.

Recovery after Cyst Removal Procedure

Recovery from cyst removal is generally straightforward. Pain and swelling at the site of the procedure are common but typically manageable with over-the-counter pain relief medications. You will be advised to keep the area clean and dry, and you may need to return to Anca to have stitches removed or to check on your recovery.

You should monitor the site for signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or a discharge that is unusual. If you notice any of these symptoms, or if you experience severe pain, you should contact Anca immediately.

Recovery time can vary based on the size of the cyst and the type of removal procedure performed. It’s important to follow all aftercare instructions and limit certain activities if advised, to ensure the best healing outcome.


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How Much is Cyst Removal Surgery in the UK?

The cost of cyst removal can vary widely based on different factors, including the type of procedure used, the expertise and location of the plastic surgeon, and whether the procedure is covered by insurance. Understanding these factors can help you prepare financially if you’re considering this procedure.

  • Type of Procedure: Different methods of cyst removal carry different costs. For instance, surgical excision might be more expensive than simple drainage due to the complexity and resources required.
  • Healthcare Provider: The cost can vary depending on the surgeon’s experience and the facility where the procedure is performed. Specialist clinics or surgeons with a high level of expertise might charge more than general practitioners.
  • Location: Geographic location plays a significant role in the cost of medical procedures. Costs can be higher in metropolitan areas compared to smaller towns due to higher overall living and business expenses.
  • Insurance Coverage: In the UK, many cyst removal procedures can be covered by the NHS if they are deemed medically necessary, which means they are causing pain, are susceptible to infection, or are causing other health issues. If the procedure is for cosmetic reasons, you will likely need to pay privately. Private health insurance might cover some or all of the cost if you have a policy that includes surgical procedures.
  • Additional Costs: There may be additional costs associated with cyst removal, such as pre-surgery consultations, anaesthesia, post-operative care, and follow-up visits. These should be factored into the overall cost.

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Frequently asked questions

Cyst removal is generally considered a safe procedure, but like all surgical interventions, it carries some risks. These include infection, bleeding, and scarring at the site of the removal. There’s also a small risk of damage to surrounding tissues, especially if the cyst is located near vital structures. Additionally, there is a possibility of recurrence if the entire cyst sac is not completely removed. Discussing these risks with Anca can help you understand how they apply to your specific situation and what measures will be taken to minimise them.

You may need your cyst removed if it is causing pain, discomfort, infection, or functional impairment, such as restricting your movement. Cysts that continue to grow or change in appearance should also be evaluated for possible removal. Consultation with Anca is essential for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss whether removal is the best option for your health.

The likelihood of scarring depends on the cyst’s size, the type of removal procedure, and your skin type. Surgical excision, which involves cutting out the cyst, may leave a more noticeable scar than less invasive methods such as laser removal or drainage. Your plastic surgeon will take steps to minimise scarring and can provide you with aftercare tips that promote healing and reduce scar visibility.

Recovery time varies depending on the procedure used and the individual’s overall health. For minor procedures performed under local anaesthesia, such as drainage or small excisions, recovery may take a few days to a week. More extensive surgeries, especially those requiring general anaesthesia or involving large cysts, may take several weeks for full recovery. Following Anca’s post-operative care instructions will help speed up your recovery.

Yes, there is a chance that a cyst can recur, especially if it was removed by drainage alone, which leaves the cyst sac intact. The likelihood of recurrence can be minimised by completely removing the cyst and its sac through surgical excision. Regular follow-up appointments with your Anca can help monitor the area and address any recurrence early.

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

Ms Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

Anca performs a wide range of Hand Surgery & Skin Surgery and Aesthetic Breast, Body and Face Surgery,

Anca Breahna - Female Plastic Surgeon in Chester UK

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in the region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care. It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has mainly been undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK and has worked Internationally to further extend her qualifications and training.

The team at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery looks forward to meeting you and will treat you with respect, consideration, and empathy.

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  • A Referral from your Doctor is not essential, however it is recommended to have one

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  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is usually available on-site
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
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  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided

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How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

  • You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

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