Which Laser is Better for Sebaceous Cyst Removal on Forehead.. A CO2 Laser or RF Laser?

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Laser surgery for a sebaceous cyst removal

Laser surgery can be used as a means of ablating tissue or cauterizing tissue during the incision part of surgery. Removal of a sebaceous cyst is often not performed with laser. 

Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Laser vs. surgery for sebaceous cyst

Laser treatment is not indicated for removal of sebaceous cysts on any part of the body.  Surgery is the only way to remove them.  It is a minor procedure that is typically done in the clinic under local anesthesia.  The incision could be made in a natural forehead crease for optimal scar camouflage and would likely be smaller than the cyst itself.  Be sure you see a facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon. I wish you well!

Parker A. Velargo, MD
New Orleans Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Sebaceous Cysts need Surgery not lasers

Sebaceous Cysts need to be removed by surgery and NOT lasers. Lasers will not remove the entire cyst and it will recur.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Cyst Removal from Forehead

Sebaceous cysts must be removed surgically, laser treatment is not an option.  The cyst capsule has to be removed entirely in order to prevent recurrence. Steroid injections or incision/drainage are temporary fixes, which are subject to high recurrence rates.  I suggest you consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon.  Good Luck

Anthony Corrado, DO
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Cyst Removal

Thank you for your question. Cyst removal is best done by surgical excision. A laser does not remove a cyst.  I would recommend a consult and treatment under the supervision of a Board Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon for best results and safest treatments options.  I hope this helps!

Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD
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Sebaceous cyst

A sebaceous cyst is not treated with lasers.  It is best to have it excised or else there is a risk it can get infected.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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