Lipoma And Sebaceous Cyst (Skin Lumps)
Removal In Singapore
Sebaceous cysts and lipomas are common skin conditions that can affect people of all ages. While they’re typically painless, cysts can be unsightly and may cause discomfort if located on the face or neck.
Read on to find out more about sebaceous cysts and lipomas, what are the symptoms and things you should know before considering a skin lump removal in Singapore.
The two most common skin lumps are lipomas and sebaceous cysts (epidermal cysts).
What Are Lipomas
Lipomas are soft, fatty lumps that grow under your skin. They are harmless (benign) and do not usually need any treatment. Lipomas are common.
They are often described as:
- Soft and squishy
- Size of a pea to a few centimetres across
- May move slightly under your skin if you press them (slip sign)
- Are not painful
- Grow slowly
Ironically, despite comprising of benign fat cells, losing weight will not cause lipomas to shrink like normal fat cells. Lipomas are of concern if they start to grow rapidly or are painful. Rapidly enlarging lipomas may be liposarcomas which are cancerous.
You should always seek medical treatment immediately for lipoma removal in Singapore if it is causing you severe discomfort and pain.
Lipomas can also enlarge slowly till they cause discomfort due to the size. Hence sometimes surgery may be recommended. The removed lipoma is usually sent for histology to confirm if it is benign. Rarely, lipomas can be painful and this is called Dercum’s disease.
Lipomas are usually removed as day surgery cases.
Sebaceous Cysts (Epidermal Cysts)
A sebaceous cyst is a sebum filled lump just underneath the skin. It’s common and harmless, and may disappear without treatment. Sebaceous cysts arise from sebaceous glands (which produce sebum and keratin) in the skin. When these glands get blocked but still continue to produce sebum, a cyst wall will form under the skin.
Bacteria can infect and thrive on the sebum resulting in an infected sebaceous cyst which is enlarged, painful, red and filled with pus. An inflamed cyst can also swell up in size as well.
If a sebaceous cyst is infected, starting on antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs may help initially, however, it does not improve over 24 to 48 hours, surgery is usually indicated. Sometimes just making a small incision to drain the pus will temporarily relieve the condition.
However, because the cyst wall is not removed, these cysts can recur and get re-infected later. The definitive treatment is to remove the entire sebaceous cyst together with the cyst wall. That is the only way to ensure that the sebaceous cyst will not recur.
Removal of sebaceous cysts is usually done as day surgery cases.
Why You Should Go For A Lipoma & Cyst
Removal In Singapore
Sebaceous cysts seldom go away on their own, and they must be surgically removed. Sebaceous cyst surgery is the most successful treatment for cysts, both medically and cosmetically. It has the lowest recurrence rate of all the procedures. Other techniques that attempt to drain or empty a sebaceous lump frequently result in remains that will ultimately build up and risk the cyst returning.
Lipomas are also similar to cysts. However, they will require no treatment unless it is causing severe discomfort or pain. Should you choose to continue, a lipoma removal in Singapore is usually done by having an incision on the affected area to remove the lump, followed by stitches to close back the wound.
If you are unsure of your condition or wish to find out more about lipoma or cyst removal in Singapore, contact us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
How We Can Help Prevent Lipoma & Cyst
Dr QM Leong is an experienced surgeon with skin surgery and its surgical procedure, who will accurately diagnose your condition for any lipoma or sebaceous cyst before determining the ideal treatment for your condition.
We are fully committed to providing a pleasant experience and treatment, so do not hesitate to call to find out about the standard procedures for skin surgery or to understand more about the process of sebaceous cyst removal in Singapore.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cyst Removal
Although most general practitioners in Singapore may have minor surgery, most do not perform sebaceous cyst removal in Singapore. Most of the time, you will be referred to a specialist clinic instead.
Most of the time, a lipoma is not life-threatening. However, they may increase in size when there is body weight gain over time but not vice-versa.
. It is also good to have a second opinion on whether you should get lipoma removal in Singapore through professional advice. Contact us today, and we will be able to help you understand your condition better.
The general cost breakdown for cyst removal in Singapore are as follow, for consultation, it will be $150, and for the procedure itself, it ranges from $800 to $1500. Depending on the size of the incision, medical complications and your medical insurance coverage, the cost may vary.
Many do-it-yourself (DIY) removal videos show how home remedies can work without proper anaesthesia or adequately sanitised equipment.
However, it is WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO. There are many risks involve when it comes to at-home surgery, you may even risk getting an open wound infection or permanent scarring. Even though lipomas might not be hazardous to your health, most people will opt to have them removed professionally through surgical excision.
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