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Chalazion removal (eyelid cyst removal)

Surgery to remove benign cysts from your eyelids

Mans eye with a chalazion eyelid cyst that needs surgical removal
If you're suffering from a chalazion that is not resolving with time and conservative treatments, you'll be relieved to know that surgery is a safe and effective way to have it removed.

Chalazia are eyelid cysts caused by blockage in the ducts of the meibomian gland, which produces the oil that lubricates our eyes. They are small lumps that form on your eyelid, which are typically painless but can cause discomfort, redness, and swelling.

Depending on the size and location of your chalazion, it may affect your vision and the use of your eye. Some people have uncomfortable symptoms such as mild pain or swelling. And for many people, the chalazion is a cosmetic problem, which may affect their confidence and self esteem.

At Circle Health Group, we offer private chalazion removal, a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in our outpatient clinics by one of our experienced ophthalmologists.

We tailor our chalazion removal service to your needs and aims to make the experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Our expert team of consultants and healthcare professionals are here to guide you through the process and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

For more information on chalazion removal or other eye treatments, our experienced ophthalmologists are here to help you. Call us or book online today and you could have your initial consultation within 48 hours. Let us get you on your way to restored eye health.

If you've ever experienced a small lump on your eyelid, it could be a chalazion. They are usually painless and tend to go away on their own, but in some cases they may require treatment.

Common symptoms of a chalazion include:

  • A lump or swelling on the eyelid that is usually painless
  • Tenderness, redness, or swelling around the affected area
  • Blurred or reduced vision if the chalazion is large enough to press against the eye

If you have any of these symptoms, it is essential to have your eyes examined by a specialist. They can provide the necessary treatment to get you back to optimal health. If you think you need chalazion removal, make an appointment with a Circle Health Group consultant today.

Most chalazions will clear up without significant treatment. You should always speak to a doctor to make sure it is a chalazion and not something more serious, but once you have a diagnosis, they will first recommend conservative methods to soothe and reduce your eyelid cyst. For example, they might encourage you to keep the area clean, to limit how often you touch your eyelid, and perhaps to use a warm compress a few times each day to reduce the swelling.

If your chalazion does not go away, chalazion removal surgery might be an option for you. A consultant ophthalmologist is best placed to tell you whether eyelid cyst removal surgery is the right choice for you.

At Circle Health Group, we understand that you want to feel as informed and comfortable as possible before any procedure. During your initial consultation for chalazion removal, we will begin by taking the time to understand your specific needs and concerns.

Our specialist consultant will make a diagnosis by conducting a physical examination of the affected area. They may also ask questions about your medical history and any current symptoms you are experiencing. Based on the results of your examination, your consultant will determine if further tests or scans are needed to confirm the diagnosis.

We will work closely with you to determine the best course of treatment based on your individual needs. This may involve surgical intervention, or other non-invasive treatment options. Our specialist consultant will discuss all treatment options with you and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your care.

Chalazion removal surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you won't need to stay overnight in hospital.

A local anaesthetic will be applied to the area around the chalazion to numb it before the procedure begins. This will help to ensure that you feel as little discomfort as possible.

During the procedure, a small incision is made on the inside of the eyelid to access the chalazion. The contents of the chalazion are then removed, and the area is cleaned. In most cases, the incision does not require stitches.

The procedure usually takes around 20 minutes to half an hour, but this varies based on the size of the chalazion.

Recovering from eyelid cyst removal surgery

Following the procedure, it is important to keep the area clean to prevent infection. You may experience some mild discomfort or swelling, but this should go away within a few days. You should avoid wearing eye makeup and contact lenses for a few days following the procedure.

Your consultant will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

Like any surgical procedure, chalazion removal carries some risk of complications. These can include bleeding, infection, scarring, and damage to surrounding structures, such as the eyelid. However, these risks are generally low, and most people experience few or no complications.

Your consultant will go over the potential risks and complications of chalazion removal with you in detail, so that you can make an informed decision about whether to proceed with the procedure.

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about chalazion removal.

Does chalazion removal hurt?

The procedure itself is typically painless, as a local anaesthetic is used to numb the area around the chalazion. You may feel some pressure during the procedure, but you shouldn't feel any pain. After the anaesthetic wears off, you may experience some discomfort and swelling, but we can usually manage this with over-the-counter pain relief medication.

How much does a chalazion removal cost?

The cost of chalazion removal can vary depending on several factors, including which hospital you choose and the extent of the procedure required. We will always confirm the full price ahead of your booking so that you know exactly what to expect.

How to remove chalazion scar?

In most cases, chalazion removal doesn't result in a scar. However, in some cases, a small scar may develop. If you're concerned about scarring, you should speak to your consultant, who can advise you on the best course of action.

Who can remove a chalazion?

Chalazion removal should only be performed by a surgeon with experience in this type of procedure. This is important to ensure that the procedure is performed safely and effectively. At Circle Health Group, our consultant ophthalmological surgeons are highly trained and experienced in performing chalazion removal procedures.

When you choose to go private with Circle Health Group, you can expect:

  • Flexible appointment times and locations to fit your routine
  • The freedom to choose which hospital and consultant suit your needs
  • Personalised, consultant-led treatment plans tailored to your individual needs
  • Comfortable and safe private facilities maintained by expert multidisciplinary teams
  • Private ensuite rooms as standard and delicious healthy meals
  • Affordable, fixed-price packages with aftercare included
  • Flexible payment options to help you spread the cost of your care

If you would like to learn more about chalazion removal, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.

Content reviewed by Circle in-house team in February 2023. Next review due February 2026.

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