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Dr. Babak Larian, the Chairman and Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles, is a highly experienced and reputable board-certified surgeon...
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Parotid Cysts

What are Parotid Cysts?

A parotid cyst is a swelling, or mass, that forms in the major salivary glands known as the parotid glands. It is unknown what exactly causes parotid cysts, although there are several theories, but we do know that parotid cysts are common in patients with HIV. Parotid cysts are quite rare and only account for about 5% of salivary gland tumors. They seem to present equally in both men and women and generally begin as a painless swelling of the area. Fortunately, parotid cysts do not usually attach to the facial nerve.

When a patient experiences a swelling of the parotid area (near the ear), they need to seek medical attention to be evaluated. Parotid cysts are usually diagnosed through a physical examination, imaging tests, and fine needle biopsy. The biopsy can determine whether or not the mass is cancerous or filled with cystic fluid, but excision and histopathology examination are the only ways to definitively diagnose a parotid cyst. While medical professionals may not agree on the exact cause of parotid cysts, most agree that they need to be removed when they get infected frequently or if the continue to grow.

Treatment of Parotid Cysts

It is important that patients with a parotid cyst visit an expert parotid surgeon, as the proximity of the parotid gland to the facial nerve brings the risk for facial nerve injury when surgery to the area is performed. Dr. Larian is a world-renowned head and neck surgeon who has performed more parotid surgeries than most doctors in the country. He is known for his minimally invasive parotid surgery techniques in which he treats a number of parotid conditions through a tiny incision and the use of an endoscope. This technique causes little to no damage to the surrounding tissues and results in a quicker, easier recovery for the patient.

When Dr. Larian removes a parotid cyst, he believes in a team approach to ensure the best possible outcome. During this procedure, Dr. Larian works with world-renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS to remove the cyst and reconstruct the area using the smallest incision possible and maintaining the safety of the facial nerve. Dr. Larian and Dr. Azizzadeh have a track record of success and they take every precaution necessary to reduce the risk to the patient. They are leaders in their field who have perfected minimally invasive parotid surgery techniques.

Contact the Parotid Gland Expert Today

If you are living with a parotid cyst, or suspect you may have a parotid cyst, schedule a consultation with parotid gland expert Dr. Babak Larian to see if you are a candidate for minimally invasive parotid surgery. Dr. Larian is one of only a few doctors in the country to perform parotid gland surgeries on a regular basis and he is a leader in the field. Contact his office at (310) 997-2409 today to schedule a consultation.

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Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA