Common Childhood Conditions

Dermoid Cysts Treatment


The only treatment for a dermoid cyst is to remove it through surgery. This is usually an outpatient procedure. This means your child can go home on the same day as the surgery. Once you decide your child will have surgery, it usually takes place within 2 or 3 weeks. We can schedule the surgery so it fits with your schedule.

The surgery is done by members of our general and thoracic surgery team. Sometimes, plastic surgeons or neurosurgeons may be involved, depending on where the cyst is located.

Before surgery, we give your child medicine (general anesthesia) to make them sleep so they don’t feel pain. Our anesthesiologists have extra training in how to give pain medicine to children. This keeps surgeries as safe as possible.

Then the surgeon will:

  • Make a small cut, or incision, in the skin over the cyst.
  • Remove the cyst and close the incision. In sensitive areas, such as the face or brow, we can often hide the incision in the hairline or eyebrow.

The surgery takes about 30 minutes. Your child will be in the recovery room for another hour.

After Dermoid Cyst Removal Surgery

After surgery, we will give your child pain medicine to keep them comfortable. We will teach you how to care for the incision — keeping it clean and dry — and what to give your child at home for pain. We will tell you whether you need to limit your child’s activity for a while.

About 2 to 3 weeks after surgery, your child will need to see the surgeon for a follow-up visit. The surgeon will make sure the incision is healing and your child is recovering well.

Contact Us

To learn more about dermoid cyst treatment at Seattle Children’s, call our General and Thoracic Surgery Department at 206-987-2794 x4.