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How a Forehead Cyst Is Removed
Dr. Travis Stork: Getting a pimple on your forehead at 16 is bad enough but what happens when it keeps getting bigger and bigger and even starts to move around when you touch it?
Well, it has actually happened to Gaby. Watch this.
Dr. Ritu Chopra: So today, we’re doing a minor surgery on Gabriella. We’re removing a small cyst from her forehead. It’s right here on a conspicuous spot as you can see. So, we got to make a small incision and take out so it should left with no scar. We’re going to start in a meanwhile, just like you do at the dentist’s office.
Can you feel if it’s numb?
Gabriella: I feel numb. How long will I be numb?
Dr. Ritu Chopra: You’re numb for about three or four hours. What I’m going to do is test you to make sure you have numbness. Can you feel me?
Gabriella: Oh, I feel pressure.
Dr. Ritu Chopra: Just pressure, good. We don’t feel any pain. First step is to take a wedge of skin. Now, the next step, we’re going to dissect around the cyst to get around all these edges, so we can actually take the cyst out as a whole.
Gabriella: It’s really weird because I hear them talking all about what he is doing and then I hear all the stuff that’s happening but I can’t feel anything at all.
Dr. Ritu Chopra: The cyst has a little capsule that’s around it, so what do I do is go around the whole capsule and take it out as a whole unit instead of fragments. That ensures that we take the entire cyst out. So, we’re almost around the base of the cyst and it’s going down, two of her frontalis muscle.
Right now, all I’m doing is trying to take the cyst out completely and make sure I have the entire capsule, so this thing never comes back. It’s all out, the entire cyst. We got it all and now it’s all to pathology to make sure there’s nothing wrong with it.
And now, we’re just going to clean you up and close you up.
Gabriella: It’s definitely a lot more exciting than school.
Dr. Ritu Chopra: So, I’m going to do a couple stitches below the wound, couple above the wound and we’ll finally end up gluing them together. A couple more stitches Gabriella and it will be all done.
Gabriella: Can I see the cyst?
Dr. Ritu Chopra: Of course, after we finish I’ll show you it to you.
All done young lady. No more unicorn horn for you. Here it is, your little friend.
So what you can see, it’s much bigger than your thought it was because it’s like an iceberg. The tip would be showing on your skin but the rest, it was below the skin.
Gabriella: It’s totally gross.
Dr. Andrew Ordon: And here’s Gaby’s plastic surgeon, Dr. Ritu Chopra, my partner. He holds down the fork when I’m not there. Welcome back. You know we saw it but you got to tell us a little bit more about Gaby’s cyst.
Dr. Ritu Chopra: Well, good news for Gaby. That’s an inclusion cyst, so totally benign. She has nothing to worry about. So good luck, good news for her.
Dr. Andrew Ordon: And no more unicorn, right?
Dr. Ritu Chopra: No more unicorn. This will never come back. She might get another one but this particular lesion will never come back.
Dr. Andrew Ordon: So, let’s find out how Gaby is doing now. We’ve got her mom, Katherine on the phone, from California.
Katherine: She’s doing great. I am absolutely amazed. I cannot believe how well the scar has healed. You can only see it if you’re up close and looking for it, you can barely see it.
Dr. Andrew Ordon: Let’s take a look at the way she looks before and after.
Dr. Travis Stork: That’s impressive.
Dr. Andrew Ordon: Well, that bump is gone and you placed that incision right in that natural forehead crease, you’ll never see it. So, I want to thank Katherine for joining us and give Gaby our best. We’ll see her in the office.
Katherine: We will. Thank you so much.
Dr. Ritu Chopra: Take care.
Katherine: You too Dr. Chopra.
Dr. Travis Stork: Good work Dr. Chopra. That’s fantastic.