If you have pilonidal cysts that are painful or frequently become infected, Rene Amaya, MD, FAAP, CWSP, can help. At Amaya Wound Healing & Aesthetics in Houston, Dr. Amaya provides in-office services to drain cysts, treat active infections, and minimize your risk for noticeable scars. He works closely with you to prevent new cysts from forming and focuses on improving the overall health of your skin through customized treatment plans. Find out more about available services for treating and preventing pilonidal cysts by calling Amaya Wound Healing & Aesthetics today or by requesting a consultation online now.
A pilonidal cyst arises in the buttock area as a result of abnormal hair growth that often results in an abscess filled with hair and other debris. Pilonidal cysts usually arise in the teenage population. It is unusual for pilonidal cysts to arise in prepubertal children.
Patients will often experience pain in the middle of their buttocks and see bloody drainage soiling their underwear. The condition can sometimes last for years until appropriately diagnosed.
In some situations, an infection is associated with the cyst but antibiotics alone do not always solve the problem.
Surgery is often required to treat this condition to drain the fluid and remove the collection of hair. There is no current consensus on the best type of surgery to treat a pilonidal cyst. In some situations, the surgeon decides to leave the wound open to heal on its own. The patient is then referred to Dr. Amaya to heal the surgical wound.
Unfortunately, if a referral to Amaya Wound Healing & Aesthetics is not made immediately after surgery, some of these surgical wounds fail to close resulting in a chronic open wound. These open wounds subsequently become infected, often drain bloody foul-smelling fluid and patients become depressed and socially withdrawn.
At Amaya Wound Healing & Aesthetics, their office has extensive experience in healing these unique wounds. Dr. Amaya and his staff use advanced wound dressings and techniques to rapidly close these wounds allowing the patient to return to normal activity.
If you would like to discuss treatment of a pilonidal cyst, schedule a consultation with Dr. Amaya today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.
Although a surgical wound following drainage of a pilonidal cyst may heal, this often does not correct the underlying problem – abnormal hair growth. Surgical drainage alone is not enough.
The cyst may often arise again in the near future. Laser hair removal in this area of the buttock has been shown to be an effective way to reduce the risk of another cyst from arising. Shaving, waxing or application of hair removing lotions are not effective. These only remove the visible hair on the skin’s surface. The problem exists with hair penetrating below the skin.
At Amaya Wound Healing & Aesthetics, we perform laser hair removal in the office using an advanced laser device to solve this problem. Laser hair removal is performed once the surgical wound is successfully closed. Treatments are separated by six-week intervals and focus on the area around the closed surgical scar.
Every individual is different but typically, six treatments are required to remove the majority of the hair. Their staff is experienced at performing laser hair removal in this area in teens and adults. This procedure will reduce the risk of new pilonidal cysts from arising.
If you would like to discuss laser hair removal to treat pilonidal cysts, schedule a consultation with Dr. Amaya today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.
Case 1: Common initial presenting signs for pilonidal cyst. Hair shafts exiting tiny open wounds in middle of buttock.
Case 2: Large cavitary surgical wound which showed excellent response to advanced wound dressings. Minimal scar upon completion of wound care.
Case 3: Large cavitary surgical wound which showed excellent response to advanced wound dressings. Minimal scar upon completion of wound care.
Case 4: Negative pressure wound therapy (aka “wound vac”) is utilized with great success to close large pilonidal cyst open wounds.
Case 5: Removal of long shafts of hair from tiny open wounds.