Pilonidal Cysts Specialist

Rene Amaya, MD, FAAP, CWSP -  - Aesthetic Specialist

Amaya Wound Healing & Aesthetics

Rene Amaya, MD, FAAP, CWSP

Aesthetic Specialist & Wound Care Specialist located in Houston, TX

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 ensure your skin heals following cyst drainage by an experienced surgeon. He also treats active infections and minimizes your risk for noticeable scars. Dr. Amaya 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 by calling Amaya Wound Healing & Aesthetics today or by requesting a consultation online.

Pilonidal Cysts Q & A

What is a pilonidal cyst?

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 prepubescent 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.


 

How is a pilonidal cyst treated?

Surgery is often required to treat this condition so you’ll first consult with a surgeon to drain the fluid from the cyst and remove the collection of surrounding 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. If this is your case, you will then schedule an appointment with Dr. Amaya to ensure the proper healing of the surgical wound. 

Unfortunately, if you don’t contact Amaya Wound Healing & Aesthetics immediately after surgery, some of these surgical wounds fail to close resulting in a chronic open wound. 

These open wounds subsequently become infected, often draining bloody foul-smelling fluid. This can cause patients to become depressed and socially withdrawn along with putting you at risk of serious medical complications. 

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 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.

 

Why is laser hair removal recommended for treatment of pilonidal cysts?

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 return 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. Shaving, waxing or application of hair removing lotions is not effective. These only remove the visible hair on the skin’s surface. The problem exists with hair below the skin. 

At Amaya Wound Healing & Aesthetics, Dr. Amaya performs 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. The 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 recurring. 

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.