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You Don't Need To Suffer Any Longer!

You are not alone. We have helped hundreds of patients permanently remove their painful pilonidal cysts.

You Don't Need To Suffer Any Longer!

You are not alone. We have helped hundreds of patients permanently remove their painful pilonidal cysts.

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What is a Pilonidal Cyst?

A Pilonidal Cyst is a non-contagious pocket or sac of tissue that forms on the top of the skin above the tailbone that can become infected and painful.

Treatment Options

The plastic surgeons of North Shore Center for Plastic Surgery in Great Neck, Long Island, NY, specialize in Pilonidal Cyst treatment and can properly advise you on your surgical and antibiotic treatment options.

Meet The Doctors of North Shore 
Center For Plastic Surgery

Long Island Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Lawrence Lin and Dr. K. Jacob Cohen-Kashi are Board Certified Plastic Surgeons specializing in Pilonidal Cyst treatment.

Our doctors are Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and have hospital privileges at the following institutions: North Shore University Hospital-Manhasset, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Syosset Hospital, Winthrop University Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Plainview Hospital, Glen Cove Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital and ProHealth Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Recent Patient Testimonials

I struggled for nearly a decade with a pilonidal cyst that would not heal properly. When I learned of a surgical solution available that could finally end my discomfort, I was eager to explore the option. Dr. Lin and his staff were nothing short of fantastic. He explained all that would be involved with the procedure and everything I needed to know about the recovery. His courteous and friendly staff made every appointment a pleasure conducting themselves professionally and attending to my needs as a patient in an extremely punctual and efficient manner. Ironically, as it turns out, after years of pain and discomfort the recovery from the surgery was just the opposite. My procedure was a complete success and relatively painless as well. I highly recommend Dr. Lin and all the great people at the North Shore Center for Plastic Surgery.
Dennis V.
July 25, 2019
My experience with North Shore Center For Plastic Surgery has been amazing. From the moment that I walked into the office the front desk staff has been extraordinary beyond comparison. They were very polite and professional, making the whole experience very pleasant! My surgery was completely successful and I felt incredibly safe and comfortable throughout the whole process. The follow up care that I have received is nothing short of amazing and the nursing staff are incredibly knowledgeable and compassionate! I would recommend this office to everyone who is in search for great technical skills, impeccable mannerisms and amazing customer service!
Steven V.
August 12, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

The two most common theories on what causes a pilonidal cyst are that they are caused by ingrown hairs or trauma to the tailbone region. In fact, when a Pilonidal Cyst or Pilonidal Abscess is removed it’s common to find hair follicles inside the cyst cavity, hence the name “pilonidal” which means “nest of hair”.

Patients who have a Pilonidal Cyst will often experience:

  • Pain in the tailbone region
  • Redness and swelling on skin above the tailbone region
  • Fever
  • Patients can also experience draining pus, if the cyst has formed into an abscess
  • Men: Men are four times more likely to develop a Pilonidal Cyst than women. However, that’s not to say that it’s impossible for women to develop a Pilonidal Cyst.
  • Patients with Thick Body Hair: Because it is believed that a Pilonidal Cyst can be associated with ingrown hair(s) above the tailbone, it is also believed that men with thicker hair may be more at risk.
  • Patients with a Family History of Pilonidal Cysts
  • Patients who Routinely Shave Hair Above The Tailbone: Routine shaving of the skin is thought to place men & women at a higher risk because there’s a higher chance of damaging the skin and/or developing an ingrown hair later on.
  • Overweight or Obese Patients

Dr. Lawrence Lin and Dr. Jacob Cohen-Kashi diagnose patients who believe they have a Pilonidal Cyst first by doing a physical examination. Through the physical examination, the doctors at North Shore Center for Plastic Surgery will determine if the region in question is indeed a Pilonidal Cyst or a Pilonidal Abscess.

The two most common ways to treat a pilonidal cyst are antibiotics and surgical removal.  The proper treatment method and the options available with each treatment type can be determined after a proper physical examination and diagnosis.

Antibiotics are used to calm the area when it is an active draining Pilonidal Abscess, and also peri-operatively at the time of surgical excision.

Recurrence of Pilonidal Cysts is not common once excised, but non-healing areas around the site of excision can occur requiring local wound care.

If you suspect that you have a Pilonidal Cyst, contact Dr. Lawrence Lin and Dr. Jacob Cohen-Kashi at North Shore Center for Plastic Surgery to setup an appointment.

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