A dermoid cyst is a pocket-like lump that appears on the skin, usually at birth and develops slowly with age. Cysts usually appear on the face near the eyebrow.
Dermoid cysts are harmless and painless, and removing them is only a matter of esthetics, especially when they grow on the face. However, if the cyst is disrupted and becomes infected, it can cause pain, discomfort and fever. In this case, it is recommended remove it through surgery.
Who is a good candidate?
Surgery is the best option for children who suffer from a disfiguring dermoid cyst on their faces, which might become a major cause of emotional distress. Surgery is also the best option for people whose cysts have ruptured, changed color or become infected.
During consultation, I will examine the child’s cyst to make sure it is not connected to other tissues. A series of additional tests like CT scan may be required to get a clearer diagnosis on the child’s case and decide on the surgical approach accordingly.
How is it done?
According to the patient’s condition, the surgery can be done under general or local anesthesia and takes about an hour. An incision is made directly over the cyst. Then the pocket and all its attached structures are removed before closing the incision. This reconstructive surgery will leave a small scar that fades with time.
How long is the recovery?
A compressive bandage is applied over the wound to help reduce swelling. The child can resume a normal lifestyle on the day following the surgery and the stitches will be removed within a week. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your child’s surgical site, what medications to give him in order to relieve the pain and reduce the risk of infection. Be sure to ask all the questions concerning what to expect during the recovery period.
Disclaimer: The info presented on this page is indicative and for generic use only. Each patient’s case is unique and will be studied by Dr. Chadi Murr for full assessment.