First, let’s take a look at the “magnifying glass”. This cyst presents as a hard, movable ball located under the scalp, most often painless, measuring about a centimeter in diameter. If you have just spotted it, you must show it to a doctor, as explained by Doctor Ludovic Rousseau, dermatologist, expert for the site. Dermatonet :
“You must show any lumpy lesion to a doctor to remove a malignant tumor or distinguish it from another tumor that is benign but which cannot be removed like a magnifying glass. “
The magnifying glass can ignite and infect, sometimes as a result of trauma, which then makes it hot, painful, red … In this case, you must consult your doctor without delay to avoid the abscess and its complications: the doctor can then incise the infected area and/or treat with antibiotics.
When to take it off
When the magnifying glass is invisible under the hair, completely benign, painless, many patients are doing well and do not feel the need to touch it. For others, and especially if the magnifying glass grows and becomes visible, it must be removed. Head to the dermatological practice to discuss it and see what can be done.
When the magnifying glass reaches a few centimeters in diameter, often male and female patients then request this ablation which requires some precautions.
- The ablation can only be done on a “cold” magnifying glass, that is to say not infected.
- The cyst to be removed must be completely painless, and the skin should be normal in color, not red.
When all precautions are in place, the ablation can be performed in the dermatologist’s office in two ways:
- The doctor will perform an incision using a punch (a kind of circular scalpel) and then perform an emptying and evagination of the shell with the forceps.
- Second possibility: practice surgical excision, that is, removal of the magnifying glass with a scalpel, which will be followed by stitches.
Once removed the magnifying glass usually does not recur, but it is possible to see other magnifiers appear elsewhere on the scalp.