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

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What if you are interested to learn more?

If you would like to learn more please phone the aesthetic centre directly at (905) 549-7873 to book a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable technicians or

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