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A skin cyst is a fluid-filled bump lying just underneath the skin. They are very common and usually harmless.
Epidermoid cysts are commonly found on the face, neck, chest, shoulders or skin around the genitals. They affect young and middle-aged adults and are particularly common in people with acne.
Cysts that form around hair follicles are known as pilar cysts. They’re often found on the scalp.
Pilar cysts typically affect middle-aged adults, particularly women. Unlike epidermoid cysts, they tend to run in families.
They may be unsightly, affect your confidence and they can often be a nuisance. Especially if they regularly catch on your clothing or you cut them while shaving.
Cysts can be surgically removed however this service isn’t generally available on the NHS.
Most NHS services now see the removal of cysts as a ‘Procedure of Limited Clinical Value’
Procedures used to remove cysts will depend on the nature of the cyst and its location on your body.
They can usually be removed easily by a small operation done under local anaesthetic.
We will generally use a local anaesthetic to numb your skin, make a tiny cut in the skin. We then remove the cyst in a safe manner without disrupting the skin around it by detaching it from the joining tissues and therefore decreasing the chances of it returning.
You do not need a referral to book your cyst removal consultation.
Procedures such as cyst removals are usually considered to be cosmetic and are therefore not available from your NHS GP.
Our service allows you to arrange your appointment at a time to suit you and you have the option whether you want us to inform your NHS GP of your procedure.
Our booking team and clinicians are dedicated to ensuring you don’t incur any unnecessary costs when arranging your procedure.
We offer an enquiry triage process allowing you to use the enquiry form below to upload a photograph of your lumps and bumps. We will then advise you which of our clinicians you need to see, based on the complexity of your case.
We also offer FREE review consultations, if you would prefer to be reviewed in person.
Our consultations start at £89.00 and our clinician will advise you of the cost of removal during your appointment. There is no hidden costs and you are not obligated to proceed with your procedure. Cyst removal procedures start from £320.00 depending on the size and location.
Any histology options and charges will be discussed with you at your consultation.
Summerfield Healthcare’s medical reception team are specially trained to deal with all enquiries in a professional, prompt and private manner.
Haydn Glass, 44, from Rugeley, had been on an NHS waiting list for a year for the removal of two cysts growing on his head before he sent an email to the team here at Summerfield – within eight days the cysts had been removed.
We had a chat to him about his treatment and experience at Summerfield Healthcare.
Why did you decide to undergo the operation?
“I had been on the NHS waiting list for about a year. The cysts were both growing – the one on top of my head was about the size of a 20p piece which wasn’t the end of the world but the one on the right side of my head was starting to come through my hairline.
“When it was covered and I couldn’t see it I didn’t particularly care but it got to the point where a big bump was becoming clearly visible on the side of my head. It was getting bigger and bigger so I needed to do something about it and had been waiting a long time on the NHS which is why I decided to go private.”
Why did you choose Summerfield Healthcare?
“I Googled private healthcare sites close to me and came across two or three websites – one looked particularly complicated and another just didn’t seem to appeal to me then I came across Summerfield Healthcare in Wolverhampton and I found it very user-friendly.
“I uploaded the pictures, sent off the email and they came back pretty much straight away, went through everything and booked me in for the following Friday.”
How was your overall experience with the team?
“It was absolutely brilliant from start to finish, the doctor and nurse looking after us, everything, really. I couldn’t fault any of it. It was a really good service, prompt and just what I wanted.”
Was there anything specific you feel pleased about throughout the planning and procedure?
“I was kept informed throughout. We talked at the beginning and I was told they would get me in quickly and have the cysts removed within the hour. The doctor had the first one done within about 15 minutes, the second was a bit more of a challenge and went over the time they had allocated but they still stuck to the price quoted and didn’t charge any extra because of that.”
Would you recommend Summerfield Healthcare?
“Yes, without hesitation. I was in for an hour-and-a-half on the day and then went back to have my stitches out and, again, it was brilliant service. Professional and swift – just what I was after. I found it all a pleasurable experience.”
What did it mean to you to have the cysts removed?
“It wasn’t as bad for me as for people who have cysts on their face, but they were there, I knew they were there and am a lot happier now they have gone. The cysts were something I didn’t want anymore and didn’t want to wait for any length of time to have them removed. I’m glad they are gone.”
Although Summerfield Healthcare is a private practice our fees are low cost and structured with you in mind. Initial consultation fees are listed below:
General Practitioner / Medical Director
Dr Vivake Roddah is a GP with professional interests in Dermatology, Minor surgery and Occupational Medicine. He completed his GP training in the Oxford Deanery and has had the opportunity of working with patients from many different backgrounds.