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Does cyst removal leave a scar?

The scar left after cyst removal varies from minor to completely absent; there are several ways to make the incision during cyst removal that affects the final outcome.

  • Standard surgical incision: A typical cut with a scalpel over the top of the cyst. This technique is the default for most cysts and may lead to a small faint scar. 
  • Punch incision: Used for cysts that are very close to the surface of the skin. A “hole punch” like device is used to make a hole in the top of the cyst. That hole is used as an access point to reach in and pull out the sack that contains the cyst. This method is used for small cysts and leaves a smaller scar compared to a standard incision.
  • Carbon dioxide laser: This method leaves the smallest scar and is used on the face and in other sensitive areas. With this method, a laser cuts a small section of skin over the cyst as opposed to a scalpel.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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