View this post on Instagram This #cyst is giving me Brunch vibes... shrimp and grits anyone? #brunchsohard #drpimplepopper A post shared by Sandra Lee, MD, FAAD, FAACS (@drpimplepopper) on Apr 29, 2019 at 2:10pm PDT
As the doctor snips out the sac that contained the growth, she mentions that the patient has had this cyst removed twice before. That's fairly common with epidermoid cysts, as we've covered previously . According to the Mayo Clinic , the "incision and drainage" method-which the doctor seems to be using in this video-involves "making a small cut in the cyst and gently [squeezing] out the contents. This is a fairly quick and easy method, but cysts often recur after this treatment."
When that happens, some patients may need to opt for minor surgery to remove the entire cyst. As tempting as videos like this make it seem, however, the most important thing is to resist the urge to squeeze a cyst like this one yourself-that could open up you up to scarring and infection, the Mayo Clinic advises . Instead, cover it with a moist cloth to help it drain and heal, and give it time. Leave the squeezing to the pros.