Pilonidal Cyst (Pilonidal Abscess)

Serving Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby and surrounding areas

Pilonidal Cysts:

  • Usually appear as a red-purple bump or lump, sometimes with a visible opening on the skin’s surface
  • Are usually located on the buttocks, above the anus, in the crease between the buttocks (gluteal cleft) or to one side of the crease
  • Are frequently tender and may drain blood or pus
  • Are more common in young people, especially young men
  • May be due to ingrown hair becoming trapped and repeatedly infected
  • May be aggravated by prolonged sitting or sweating

Treatment – General Measures:

  • Try to minimize prolonged sitting if possible
  • Wear good quality absorbent cotton underwear
  • Keep the area as clean and dry as possible

Treatment – Medical:

  • Hot compresses and antibiotic therapy can be used for milder cases

Treatment – Surgical:

  • In more severe cases the cyst may be surgically excised by a surgeon, but frequently recur.
    • Please note that we do not perform excision of pilonidal cysts in my office
    • I refer my patients to a general surgeon for excision

Which aesthetic procedures can be used to treat pilonidal cysts?

  • Laser Hair Removal
    • Many surgeons recommend laser hair removal around the area of the cyst prior to excision to reduce the risk of recurrence
    • I am pleased to offer laser hair removal of pilonidal cysts in my office, usually prior to surgical excision
    • All skin colours can be treated
    • In addition, almost any other area can be treated including:
      • Face
      • Underarms
      • Bikini
      • Arms and Legs
      • Chest and Back
    • To learn more about Laser Hair Removal, please click here

Do I need to get a doctor’s referral to set up an appointment?

  • No, a referral is not necessary
  • You can phone the aesthetic centre directly at (905) 549-7873 to book a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable technicians

When can I start having treatments?

  • Today!
  • For your convenience, the services above are available in my office

What if you are interested to learn more?

  • If you would like to learn more:
    • Please click on the blue text links above
    • E-Mail Us
    • Or call our aesthetic centre directly at (905) 549-7873 to book a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable technicians

Would you like to see a Video Demonstration?

  • I am pleased to offer a new section on the website with video demonstrations of various procedures
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