I had an open excision on December 17th on a cyst that flared up every now and then for 6 months and then frequently for 3 months but never drained (and was never lanced). The wound was a little more than an inch deep and 4 cm long and was packed during the healing process. It had pretty much filled in after 7 weeks, but took another 7 weeks to heal over completely (probably complicated by a problem with a disc in my back that was occurring at the same time). Aquacel packing laid over the area is what seems to have finally done the trick. My advice to those dealing with this: Do your research really carefully before making a decision. The first surgery (both the type of surgery and the surgeon) seems to be critical to help avoid recurrances. This site is awesome for getting the info you need - I found my surgeon on here and learned techniques to help healing. I just want to thank everyone for advice, support and sympathy during the process. I've found this site is also great because I was able to help others while I was healing (I think it kept me positive). Thanks so much Sasha for providing all of this valuable information and a forum where we can "meet" others with this condition. Yay! It's over!