Sebaceous Hyperplasia Removal

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What is Sebaceous Hyperplasia?

While it does not cause any health concerns, many patients do not like the appearance of sebaceous hyperplasia, a common and benign condition of the sebaceous gland that is relatively common in the population. Affecting about 1% of the population, it generally affects males from the middle ages onwards.



While sebaceous hyperplasia are painless and benign, these flesh like growths may be bothersome or simply make you feel unattractive. If the sebaceous hyperplasia compromises your quality of life or confidence, Dr. Ng, a  skilled laser surgeon, provides sebaceous hyperplasia removal.

What Causes Sebaceous Hyperplasia?

The exact cause of sebaceous hyperplasia is unknown. It is thought to be related to circulating male hormones, androgens. Sebaceous glands are androgen sensitive, and activity of these glands may be related to age and circulating androgens.

What Does It Look Like?

Forehead sebaceous hyperplasia

Sebaceous hyperplasia appear as yellowish to skin coloured bumps. When you look closely, you can see a small pit in the middle of the lesion surrounded by small blood vessels. They usually grow up to 3mm in diameter and feel soft to touch. Sebaceous hyperplasia are found mainly on the forehead, cheeks and nose. On occasions, you may find them at the areola, scrotal and penile regions.

How Is It Diagnosed?

Most cases can be diagnosed based on careful clinical examination. They may sometimes be confused for syringomas and milias. For lesions that are equivocal, a skin biopsy may be necessary.

Treatment for Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Sebaceous hyperplasia can be safely left alone as it poses no physical harm. However, many individuals seek sebaceous hyperplasia removal as they are troubled by the physical appearance or experience skin irritation. Treatments must take into account the potential risks and benefits. Treatment options include:

  • Electrocautery
  • Cryotherapy
  • Laser ablation
  • Chemical ablation
  • Shave excision
  • Photodynamic therapy

Oral isotretinoin is sometimes used for severe cases. However, there are many side effects of oral isotretinoin therapy and recurrence rates are common upon stopping the medication.

Sebaceous hyperplasia removal is challenging as the condition may recur. In order to treat the condition the sebaceous gland must be removed, which may require more than one treatment session at APAX Medical & Aesthetics Clinic. A consultation with Dr Moses Ng, an experienced and skilled laser surgeon, will determine the best sebaceous hyperplasia removal treatment for you.

Laser Sebaceous Hyperplasia Removal

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Following application of a topical or local anaesthetic, the laser beam ablates and destroys visible sebaceous hyperplasia. The deeper sebaceous glands are extracted out. As the procedure only affects the outer surface of the skin, healing is excellent. Depending on your condition, 1-3 treatment sessions may be needed.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sebaceous Hyperplasia Removal

A topical or local anaesthetic is applied prior to your procedure to maximise your comfort. The procedure itself is virtually painless.

Good candidates for laser sebaceous hyperplasia removal are individuals with enlarged oil glands on the face, causing raised bumps or lesions. Candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure.

Laser treatment for sebaceous hyperplasia works by delivering targeted energy to the oil glands in the skin. The laser energy heats up and destroys the hyperactive sebaceous glands, leading to a reduction in their size and the appearance of the associated bumps.

A scab would form the first 2-3 days after the procedure. Most individuals recover within 7-10 days.

As with any surgical procedure, there is a small risk of bleeding, infection, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, recurrence and scarring. In our experience, these side effects are uncommon and temporary.

While the procedure is to improve your appearance, it does not prevent sebaceous hyperplasia from recurring. It may recur on the same site or appear at different areas.

The number of laser sessions needed for sebaceous hyperplasia removal varies depending on factors such as the severity of the condition, the type of laser used, and individual treatment response. In many cases, multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart may be required to achieve optimal results.

This depends on the site, number and complexity of the removal. Procedural fee is from $380 onwards.

Dr Moses Ng dermatologist

sebaceous hyperplasia

Sebaceous hyperplasia is a common, benign skin condition characterized by small, yellowish or flesh-colored bumps resulting from enlarged sebaceous (oil) glands. These bumps often appear on the face, particularly the forehead and cheeks, and can be mistaken for other skin conditions such as acne or basal cell carcinoma. While sebaceous hyperplasia is harmless, many patients seek removal for cosmetic reasons or to alleviate concerns about their appearance. With a commitment to patient care, I offer various effective treatment options for the removal of sebaceous hyperplasia. Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual's specific needs, ensuring optimal outcomes and patient satisfaction.

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Our practice is dedicated to utilizing the latest advancements in dermatological treatments to ensure patient safety, comfort, and satisfaction. We understand the impact that sebaceous hyperplasia can have on self-esteem and are committed to providing personalized, effective care to help our patients achieve their desired cosmetic outcomes.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation to discuss sebaceous hyperplasia removal, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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