Pilonidal cysts can be extremely uncomfortable, especially if they become infected. While your doctor can treat this type of cyst with a variety of methods, preventing them in the first place is a superior option. If you’ve had a pilonidal cyst before, laser hair removal can reduce your risk of developing another one in the future.
What Is a Pilonidal Cyst?
A pilonidal cyst is a type of cyst that can develop at the coccyx (the bottom of the tailbone). This type of cyst is believed to be caused by ingrown hairs, although it may also be caused by frequent pressure on the bottom of the tailbone, making it common among truck drivers.
Sitting for extended periods of time, not getting enough exercise, and having a lot of hair can increase your risk of developing a pilonidal cyst. If the cyst becomes infected, it fills with pus and may need to be drained by your doctor. The cyst may be tender and painful, as well as cause redness and swelling around the coccyx. People who have pilonidal cysts may also get a fever.
Laser Hair Removal for Pilonidal Cysts
Since pilonidal cysts are commonly caused by an excess of hair around the tailbone, laser hair removal is an ideal solution for the prevention of this type of cyst. Laser hair removal prevents the growth of excess hair, leading to a permanent reduction in hair growth over the course of multiple treatments. Through the use of targeted laser energy, laser hair removal targets the color in the hair right underneath the skin. This injures the cells that line the hair follicles, which inhibits future hair growth.
With a permanent reduction in excess hair growth around the coccyx, laser hair removal can effectively lower your risk of a future pilonidal cyst. Contact Laser Affair in Tampa for more information.