Treating a Pilonidal Cyst

treating a pilonidal cyst

A pilonidal cyst is a type of abnormal growth that can be a painful and uncomfortable issue to deal with. While a pilonidal cyst can be surgically removed, the issue will reoccur, which can make it a frustrating and painful issue. Laser treatments using the Candela GentleMax Pro can help to treat the primary cause of the issue in order to provide long-term relief.

What Is a Pilonidal Cyst?

A pilonidal cyst is a boil or abscess that typically forms on the tailbone in between the crease of the buttocks. It typically looks like a raised sac or pocket of skin that is filled with hair, debris, and tissue.

A pilonidal cyst typically forms when a hair is forced into the skin, where it continues to grow. When this occurs, the body will grow a cyst around the impacted hair. This typically occurs as a result of wearing tight clothing around the area, repeated skin rubbing, and sitting for prolonged periods of time.

Over time, bacteria growth will occur inside the pilonidal cyst. This can cause swelling and inflammation to occur and can cause pus to form and build up within the cyst. An infected pilonidal cyst can be very painful and can cause swelling, redness, and the leaking of fluid.

Treating a Pilonidal Cyst

If the formation of pilonidal cysts has become a chronic issue for you, there is a treatment option that can help to prevent repeated pilonidal cyst formation. In many cases, a pilonidal cyst is removed through surgical excision, where debris is removed from the cyst and it is drained. While this treatment can provide relief, in cases where recurrence is high, it is only a temporary solution.

At Refresh Palm Beach Medical Aesthetics, we can help to prevent instances of recurrence by treating the area with the GentleMax Pro laser. Typically, we use this laser for laser hair removal treatments. The same treatment can be used to prevent hair growth around the tailbone so that a pilonidal cyst is unable to form.

Laser hair removal treatments work by targeting the hair follicle. The laser energy delivers targeted heat that is then absorbed by the targeted hair follicles. This damages the hair follicle and causes hairs that are currently growing to fall out and hinders future hair growth in the area.

This treatment option is incredibly effective and safe. The treatment only takes 15-30 minutes or so to perform. While one treatment session does provide effective results, multiple treatments may be needed to ensure even and consistent treatments for the best possible results.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about the treatment options we offer for pilonidal cysts, please contact Refresh Palm Beach Medical Aesthetics today to schedule a consultation. Our team of clinical experts can answer any questions you may have about the treatment and will be sure to provide you with the amazing care you are in need of.

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