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Welcome to City Dermatology Clinic, your trusted partner for private cyst removal in the heart of London. Our team, led by some of London’s most skilled dermatology doctors, specialises in safe, efficient, and minimally invasive techniques to address and remove cysts.

Treatment for cysts varies based on the type, size, location, and symptoms. At City Dermatology Clinic, our professional assessment is crucial to determine the most appropriate approach, ensuring both health and cosmetic considerations are addressed. Although certain clinics provide treatments like drainage or extraction, these methods do not always prevent recurrence. We take pride in having one of the lowest recurrence rates, thanks to our specialised treatments for cyst removal.


Surgical Excision (Removal)

This procedure, performed under local anaesthesia, involves our doctors making a precise incision to completely remove the cyst along with a small margin of surrounding tissue. This approach helps prevent the likelihood of the growth returning. Our skilled team will carefully remove the entire growth, ensuring a thorough procedure with minimal discomfort. The area is then neatly stitched up, with the entire process typically lasting between 30 to 40 minutes. If you have larger cysts or skin tags, especially in areas where appearance is a concern, surgical excision offers a definitive solution. It’s ideal for ensuring the complete removal of the growth, minimising the chance of recurrence.


Minimal Invasive Treatments

For smaller cysts or those in sensitive areas (like the face or eyelids), less invasive methods such as electrocautery laser therapy or fine-needle aspiration may be suitable, offering minimal downtime and reduced risk of scarring. With precision and care, our doctors make a tiny cut, removing the cyst or skin tag while preserving as much surrounding tissue as possible. This method reduces recovery time and is often performed with minimal discomfort to you. Perfect for smaller growths or when treatment is sought primarily for cosmetic reasons, such as on the face or neck. This approach is ideal if you’re looking for a quick recovery and minimal post-treatment care.

A cyst is a small bump under the skin that forms when a pocket of tissue fills with fluid, air, or other substances. These formations can occur anywhere on the body and are generally benign, which means they are not cancerous. The size of cysts can range from being as tiny as a pea to as large as several centimetres in diameter. Although cysts are common and usually not a cause for concern, they can sometimes lead to discomfort or cosmetic issues for some people.


It is important to recognise that while most cysts are harmless, keeping an eye on any changes in their size, shape, or the level of pain they may cause is essential. Types of cysts, such as eyelid cysts, sebaceous cysts, and pilar cysts, have their specific characteristics and are found in typical locations like the eyelids, face, neck, or scalp. If a cyst becomes troublesome or shows symptoms, seeking professional evaluation and treatment is crucial to ensure the best possible outcome and to prevent any potential complications.

Symptoms of Cysts

Cysts often present as noticeable lumps under the skin. While typically painless, they can become tender, red, or sore if infected or inflamed. Changes in size or appearance and discomfort when touched are key symptoms that warrant professional evaluation.


Causes of Cysts

Cysts can develop due to a variety of reasons, including blocked sebaceous glands, infections, and the accumulation of dead skin cells. Genetic factors may also contribute. For example, pilonidal cysts are often associated with repetitive friction and ingrown hairs, while sebaceous cysts might result from blocked oil glands or hair follicles.


Prevention of Cysts

It’s essential to recognise that cyst formation is largely due to genetic factors and natural body processes, making specific prevention methods challenging. Our clinic encourages early consultation for any concerns, focusing on proactive health management rather than fault.


Seeking Expert Advice 

Early consultation with a dermatology specialist is recommended for any persistent skin lump or discomfort. At City Dermatology Clinic, our team is committed to providing personalised care, from diagnosis through to treatment, ensuring patients receive the most appropriate and effective interventions.

Epidermoid Cysts (Skin Cysts)

Small bumps beneath the skin, often found on the face, neck, or torso. These cysts develop from the skin’s surface layers.


Sebaceous Cysts (Oil Gland Cysts)

Result from blocked sebaceous glands and are filled with sebum. These are typically located on the face, neck, and back.


Pilar Cysts (Scalp Cysts)

Originating from hair follicles, these cysts are mostly found on the scalp.


Chalazion (Eyelid Cysts)

A small lump on the eyelid caused by a blocked oil gland, different from a stye.


Ganglion Cysts (Wrist or Joint Cysts)

Appear near joints or tendons, particularly around the wrist or fingers, arising from the tissue surrounding a joint or tendon.


Ingrown Hair Cysts

Develop when hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin, leading to a bump. Often occurs in areas where hair is shaved or plucked.


Pilonidal Cysts (Tailbone Cysts)

Occur near the tailbone at the top of the buttocks crease, caused by skin irritation and ingrown hairs.


Breast Cysts

Fluid-filled sacs within the breast, typically benign. These cysts can feel like a grape or a water-filled balloon, but sometimes they may feel firm.

City Dermatology Clinic stands at the forefront of cyst removal, offering personalised, professional care to each patient. Our clinics, ideally located in London’s prestigious Harley Street and the City of London, are easily accessible for those seeking expert care.


Expertise in Cyst Removal

At City Dermatology Clinic, we specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of various cyst types, including eyelid, sebaceous, and pilar cysts, among others. Our team of experts uses state-of-the-art techniques and equipment to ensure accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plans tailored to each patient’s specific needs.

Same Day ‘See and Treat’ Service

Understanding the need for quick and efficient treatment, we offer a same day ‘see and treat’ service, subject to an initial consultation. This service is designed to provide ultimate convenience, allowing patients to receive diagnosis and treatment during a single visit.

Tailored Treatment Approaches

Understanding that each cyst and patient is unique, we offer personalised treatment options ranging from minimally invasive procedures to surgical removal. Our focus is on ensuring the right method for removal to avoid disappointment later, employing scar minimisation techniques to achieve the best possible cosmetic outcome.

Minimal Downtime

We prioritise our patients’ comfort and convenience, striving to provide treatments that offer minimal downtime without compromising on effectiveness. Whether dealing with a small, medium, or large cyst, and regardless of its location on the face or body, our goal is to get you back to your daily activities as quickly and safely as possible.

Our Team

Private Cyst Removal Doctors

Discover expert care and compassionate support from our leading private cyst removal doctors in London, dedicated to ensuring your comfort and health with state-of-the-art treatments.

Discover expert care and compassionate support from our leading private cyst removal doctors in London, dedicated to ensuring your comfort and health with state-of-the-art treatments.

Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Jana Torres-Grau at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Jana Torres-Grau
BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCS (Plast)
Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Georgios Pafitanis at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Georgios Pafitanis
Headshot portrait photo of Dr Andreea Anton at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Andreea Anton
Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski
Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Jana Torres-Grau at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Jana Torres-Grau

BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCS (Plast)


Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Georgios Pafitanis at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Georgios Pafitanis



Headshot portrait photo of Dr Andreea Anton at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Andreea Anton



Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski



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Cost Of Cyst Removal

Cyst Removal Doctor consultation is £100. We allocate enough time should you wish to have the procedure done straight after the consultation. Please note that all prices are dependent upon the size and location and are subject to a consultation.

Cyst Removal Pricing

  • Cyst Removal from £295
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Cyst Removal Aftercare

A free follow-up following your cyst removal the procedure just to check and make sure everything has healed up nicely. All dressings required will be provided and advice is given on when to change them.


If there’s something you’re not sure about following the cyst removal procedure, you can always come back to be seen by a doctor at no additional charge. Alternatively, if safe to do so your doctor can provide remote advice regarding the healing stage.


Free Removal of stitches service (if not dissolvable stitches). For biopsy results, you’ll be contacted by the team and the report will be sent to you as soon as we receive it. A GP letter is available should you request one.

Cyst Removal FAQs

Which Doctor Will I See?

At City Dermatology Clinic, you will be seen by one of our cyst removal specialists, all of whom are renowned for their expertise and dedication to patient care:

  • Dr. Jana Torres-Grau, a consultant plastic surgeon specialising in pediatric reconstructive and plastic surgery. Dr. Torres-Grau, educated at the University of Bristol and trained at prestigious institutions including Great Ormond Street Hospital, brings a compassionate approach to improving the lives of young patients. She is GMC accredited and actively involved in education and research in pediatric care.

  • Mr. Georgios Pafitanis, another distinguished consultant plastic surgeon at our clinic, is an expert in reconstructive microsurgery and aesthetic surgery. With advanced training from renowned centers in Taiwan, Tokyo, Seoul, and London’s NHS St. Thomas, Mr. Pafitanis is a leading figure in complex reconstructions and a prolific contributor to the field, including over 100 scientific articles and a comprehensive microsurgical textbook.

  • Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski, also a consultant plastic surgeon, specialises in both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. Dr. Bystrzonowski, holding an MBBS and Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS), is committed to using innovative surgical techniques to enhance patient outcomes and maintains the high standards of care our clinic is known for.

  • Dr. Andreea Anton, our consultant dermatologist, has extensive experience in treating conditions like acne, rosacea, skin cancer, and hair loss. Since graduating with Distinction in Medicine in 2009 and undergoing specialist training in dermatology, Dr. Anton has practised across several prestigious hospitals in London and is fluent in Italian, Romanian, and English.

Each of our doctors is GMC accredited and committed to providing the highest standard of care, ensuring that your visit to City Dermatology Clinic is handled with professionalism and personalized attention.

What is a cyst?

Cysts are benign, often harmless bumps that develop beneath the skin. Typically, they manifest as small to medium-sized growths and can arise from various underlying causes.

Among the most frequently encountered types are:

  • Sebaceous Cysts: These cysts emerge from the sebaceous glands, which produce your skin’s oils. They can appear on any part of your body, most commonly on the face, neck, and torso, and are characterized by their slow-growing nature.
  • Pilar Cysts: Recognized as a common variant, pilar cysts form as closed sacs under the skin, primarily developing on the scalp. They originate from hair follicles and are often filled with keratin, the protein that makes up hair and nails.
  • Epidermoid Cysts: Resulting from the proliferation of epidermal cells, epidermoid cysts are keratin-filled sacs that usually arise from the outer hair root sheath. They can occur anywhere on the body but are most frequently found on the face, neck, and trunk.

Cysts are formed due to various factors, including infections, clogged sebaceous glands, or the presence of a foreign body, such as a piercing. While they are generally non-cancerous, monitoring for changes in size, appearance, or discomfort is advisable.

How prevalent are cysts?

Cysts are a common occurrence, affecting individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. The likelihood of developing a cyst at some point in life is high, given their wide range of causes, which include infections, blockages of sebaceous glands, and reactions to foreign bodies like piercings or embedded materials.

Despite their prevalence, most cysts pose no significant health risk. They are predominantly benign (non-cancerous) and can manifest anywhere on the body, though certain areas like the face, scalp, and back are more commonly affected due to the density of sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Understanding the commonality of cysts can alleviate concerns, but it’s important to seek professional evaluation for any growths that change rapidly, cause discomfort, or raise concerns about underlying health issues.

How long does a cyst removal procedure take?

Cyst removal at City Dermatology Clinic is designed to be a quick, efficient process, typically completed within 40 minutes. Our goal is to ensure that your treatment causes minimal disruption to your day. For those seeking immediate relief, we offer the convenience of same-day removal services, subject to availability. Our skilled surgeons are adept at performing this procedure swiftly, ensuring that you can return to your daily activities with little to no downtime. Whether the cyst is small, medium, or large, or located on the face or another part of the body, our team is equipped to handle your needs promptly and professionally.

Is the removal of a cyst painful?

We prioritise patient comfort during all procedures at City Dermatology Clinic. The removal of a cyst begins with the administration of a local anaesthetic to numb the targeted area. Patients typically report feeling only a minor pinch or discomfort at the moment of injection. Following this initial step, the procedure is relatively painless, thanks to the expertise of our surgeons and the use of specialist techniques. Our team is highly trained in minimising discomfort and ensuring a smooth, pain-free experience. We understand the importance of a gentle approach and are committed to providing the highest standard of care, making the process as comfortable as possible for our patients.

How long does it take to heal from cyst removal?

The healing process following cyst removal is remarkably quick, thanks to our approach of employing only trained, skilled surgeons for the procedure. Unlike treatments administered by GPs or junior doctors, our experts ensure the entire cyst is removed efficiently, minimising the risk of recurrence and facilitating a faster recovery. The precise time needed to fully recover can vary depending on the cyst’s location on the body, but many patients find they can return to their day-to-day routine almost immediately. Your doctor will provide personalised advice regarding workouts and exercise in the initial days post-procedure, ensuring a recovery plan that’s tailored to your specific needs.

What does skin look like after the removal of a cyst?

After the removal of a cyst, it’s normal to experience slight discomfort and a bit of swelling around the treated area. These symptoms are typically mild and will gradually subside over the days following the procedure. Our team uses advanced scar minimisation techniques to ensure the best possible cosmetic outcome, aiming for the surgical mark to heal completely and become barely noticeable. The appearance of the skin post-procedure will continue to improve, and we’re committed to providing guidance and support throughout the healing process to ensure the best possible results for your skin.

Can cyst removal leave a scar?

While cyst removal is generally a straightforward procedure designed to minimise any potential scarring, the likelihood of a scar depends on several factors, including the cyst’s size, location, and the individual’s healing process. At City Dermatology Clinic, we utilise advanced scar minimisation techniques to ensure the best possible cosmetic outcome. Our skilled surgeons are adept at making the smallest incisions necessary for removal, further reducing the risk of noticeable scarring. Post-procedure care is also crucial in scar prevention, and we provide detailed guidance to support your healing process.

Can cysts recur after removal?

The recurrence of a cyst after removal is possible but significantly less likely when the entire cyst sac is expertly excised. Our approach at City Dermatology Clinic involves removing the cyst in its entirety to minimise the chance of recurrence. However, it’s important to note that some individuals may be more prone to developing cysts due to genetic factors or underlying health conditions. We offer advice on prevention and ongoing skin care to help reduce the likelihood of future cyst formation.

Why is professional cyst removal more effective than home remedies?

Professional cyst removal offers a definitive solution to cysts, unlike home remedies, which can at best provide temporary relief or, at worst, lead to complications such as infections or exacerbation of the cyst. The effectiveness of professional removal lies in the precision and expertise of dermatological surgeons who are trained to completely excise the cyst, reducing the risk of recurrence and ensuring the best possible cosmetic outcomes. Additionally, professional treatment involves a thorough diagnosis to identify the type of cyst and the most appropriate treatment plan, something home remedies cannot offer. At City Dermatology Clinic, our approach combines expert care with advanced techniques to address not just the cyst itself but also the underlying causes, offering a more effective and safer alternative to home remedies.

What are the costs associated with cyst removal?

The cost of cyst removal at private dermatology clinics ranges from £300 to £1,500 or more, reflecting factors like the cyst’s size, location, complexity, and required aftercare. At City Dermatology Clinic, a consultation with a Cyst Removal Doctor is £100, and cyst removal starts from £295. While this range might prompt considerations about cost, it’s crucial to view the value beyond the price tag. Quality of care, the professionals’ expertise, the clinic’s track record, and patient reviews are paramount. Our clinic offers a comprehensive experience and peace of mind, underlining the importance of expert care over cost alone. Furthermore, our straightforward, hassle-free appointment booking process, which requires no referral, and the availability of discounted rates for additional services, ensure that patients receive both exceptional care and value.


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