Hypertrophic Scar from Abscess on Chin?

3 and a half weeks ago, I had an abscess on my chin caused by cellulitis. I took antibiotics and the doctor laced and drained it. The cellulitis is gone and the area is no longer inflamed. I am now left with a hard and painless lump. It is like an acne cyst but it isn't inflamed. It is not large but I still want to minimize it. Should I massage it and/or use silicone sheets? Should I do nothing and let it resolve on its own?

Doctor Answers 3

Hypertrophic and keloid scars on the chin and neck

Hypertrophic scars from acne and pustules can be improved with pulsed dye laser and topical creams. I would recommend Melarase cream for the dark spots and discoloration.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Minimal Incision & Drainage Works Well For Small Facial Sebaceous Cysts

From the description it is hard to know whether the residual lump is from residual, smoldering inflammation, scar tissue formation or the re-formation of a small sebaceous cyst. If either inflammation or scar tissue, the injection of a small amount of an antiinflammatory agent, such as triamcinolone acetonide suspension may be helpful. If a small sebaceous cyst is at the root cause, then minimal incision drainage would be helpful and would pose little threat of visible scarring--critical when treating anything on the face. 

Small incision drainage consists of making a small nick in the skin (under 3mm) with a very fine #11 blade scalpel and then inserting a very fine curet (a scooping instruments) and sweeping out all the cyst sac contents, being careful to ensure that the capsule (the wall of the cyst) is removed as well to prevent future recurrences. Only a drop of local anesthesia is needed to anesthetize the intended nick site .

Performed in this fashion, no suture is typically required and the wound with a virtually scar or often none at all. Results are typically quite gratifying.

Nelson Lee Novick, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Unless the entire cyst cavity was removed this cyst will come back. Please seek some professinal help from a plastic surgeon for excision

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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