What Are Scalp Cysts and How Can They Be Treated?

by | May 24, 2021 | The Skin Blog | 0 comments

Scalp Cysts

Do you suffer from cysts on your scalp? One of our most common minor surgical procedures at the Altruderm clinic is surgical removal of scalp cysts. But what are they, what causes them and how can they be treated?

Most scalp cysts are known medically as pilar cysts. These are keratin filled cysts that grow slowly on the scalp, in the lining of the hair. They are usually firm to the touch, have a smooth texture and are the same colour as your skin. They may be uncomfortable but not usually painful, except if they have been traumatised or become infected or inflamed.

Whilst pilar cysts are benign (non-cancerous) it is always important to have any lump or bump checked by a medical professional. At the Altruderm clinic all specimens are sent to a histopathology lab to confirm the doctor’s diagnosis.

Pilar cysts can run in families and tend to affect women more than men, usually occurring in middle-age.

For some they are a cause of concern due to their appearance, or because they can catch when combing or brushing hair.

If you are considering treatment you may be wondering what your options are. At the Altruderm clinic we offer surgical excision of scalp cysts with an accompanying histopathology report to ensure your peace of mind. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic on a day case basis in the clinic. It is important to remove the cyst lining at the time of the procedure to minimise the chances of the cyst returning. You will be invited for a review appointment, either in the clinic or by video, to ensure you are healing well.

The first step would be to book a consultation to allow the doctor to carry out an examination, discuss your concerns and advise on your next steps.

If you would like more information on this procedure or would like to book a consultation please get in touch and we would be delighted to hear from you.

Very best wishes from the team at Altruderm.

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