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No-one knows why people get sebaceous cysts. Amongst doctors there is some uncertainty as to how they arise. But certainly some people do seem to have a tendency to get them, and often get more than one. They usually gradually increase in size over a period of years, and occasionally become infected, to form an abscess. Sebaceous cysts don't usually go away on their own, so people usually ask for them to be removed when they get larger and become noticeable.

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Christian West

Cosmetic Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon


This definately depends on the method to remove these and the size. In general small cysts that are treated for the first in the correct manner are easily removed via small scars. When cysts are larger and have come back after inadequate treatment, these require larger scars to prevent recurrence.

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Dr. Dev Shah

Cosmetic Surgeon, Dermatologist


Hair does not need to be removed - it can be parted / folded back or held with hair clips. A skin incision is all that is required ie. no removal of skin - just the cyst underneath.

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Dr. Andrew Affleck



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