Scalp Cyst – Pilar Cyst

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Pilar Cyst – Face

Pilar (Scalp) Cyst – Easily Removed in the Office

Pilar Cyst

Pilar Cysts:

  • Are a sac filled with dead skin cells and can develop anywhere on the scalp, back of the neck and around the edges of the face
  • Usually look like a round “lump” under the skin
  • May range in diameter from the size of a pea to a tennis ball
  • May get gradually larger with time and do not disappear spontaneously
  • Are not due to diet
  • Are not collections of fat tissue
  • Are not due to an “ingrown hair”
  • Are often genetic with other people in the family affected with scalp cysts
  • Are often multiple with several lesions developing over the course of a lifetime
  • If you are not certain whether a cyst is normal or not you should show it to your doctor


  • The skin around the pilar cyst is injected with a local anesthetic to numb the area
  • It is not necessary to shave the scalp during the procedure
  • The cyst is opened and then the contents and the wall of the cyst are removed
  • Stitches are used to close the opening
  • Antibiotic cream is used to cover the wound
  • The day after and surgery apply a small amount of antibiotic cream to the wound daily until the stitches are removed
  • If you notice redness, pain, swelling or a discharge from your wound, let the doctor know immediately
  • The stitches are removed in 7 to 10 days
  • The removal of stitches is painless
  • You may bathe, shower and do your normal activities
  • There is a small chance that the cyst could grow back
  • Removal of the cyst may leave a small mark but usually does not produce a circular “bald spot”
  • There is no cream at this time that will remove cysts
  • There is no way to prevent a cyst from developing
  • Removal of benign (non-cancerous) cysts is not covered by OHIP or private health insurance
  • A referral from a doctor is necessary to make your first appointment

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