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What causes sabaceous cysts? If you are someone who has greasy hair and skin, are you more likely to get one?

Dr. Andrew Affleck's answer: The correct name is epidermal or epidermoid cysts. Genetic factors are the most important factor in the cause. The sebaceous glands are not affected.

Are you left with scars after the removal of a sebaceous cyst?

Dr. Dev Shah's answer: 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...

I have a sebaceous cyst on top of my head (1 - 1.5cm). Do you have to remove hair to remove the cyst? I am a woman with long hair and very worried about having a bald patch!

Dr. Andrew Affleck's answer: 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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