Cysts on the face and body

With dressings

You will generally have a dressing after most cyst removal procedures. Ideally keep the dressing on as long as possible.

You will be given some additional dressings to go home with and can replace the dressing if needed. Remove it gently and if it is a bit stuck it can be soaked in some water to help remove it. The wound can then be cleaned with some soapy water, then dried.

The steri-strips are then reapplied often by cutting the strips in half and applying across the wound and if applicable the shower proof dressing is then put on top.

You will be given full directions by your doctor/surgeon.

Cysts on the scalp

Without dressings

For cysts on the scalp we normally use a spray on dressing rather than any bandaging, plasters or strips.

Keep this area dry for 1-2 days and then can wash the hair as normal just being careful around the wound. Vaseline can also be applied to the wound 2-3 times a day to help the wound heal. The stitches are then removed 7-10 days later.

Aftercare FAQs

Can I wash as normal?

Yes you can, but be careful to keep the area dry for the first 1-2 days and avoid soaking the area ie long baths or swimming for 7 days.

Can I take painkillers?

Yes simple paracetamol and ibuprofen are sufficient especially in the first 1-2 days. Thereafter any discomfort should decrease.

Can I do exercise?

Our advice is for smaller wounds it is best to leave for a week but gentle walking etc is ok.  If it is on the back or legs where more tension is likely to be put on the healing wound we advice to omit heavier exercise for 2 weeks.

Should I expect any bleeding?

There maybe a small amount of oozing into the dressing but if it more than that pressure should be applied to the area with a tissue for 10-20 minutes until it has stopped. Should it continue or the area get painful please contact us.

Will I get any bruising?

Yes some bruising in the area is quite normal. This normally takes 7-14 days to settle and gentle massage and arnica cream can help speed up the recovery.