What is Sebaceous Gland Hyperplasia?

Sebaceous gland hyperplasia are benign lesions caused by overactive oil glands. They look like flesh colored bumps. There are several different treatments for sebaceous gland hyperplasia, which are more common is oily skin. These also start to get more numerous as we age. The most common form of treatment is electrocautery, which is the use of an electric needle (after the skin is anesthetized) to shrink the surface of the gland and make it less visible. They can also be treated with lasers or with photodynamic therapy. Individuals with sebaceous gland hyperplasia should also be using retinol or retinoid cream or gel as this tends to keep the glands from being especially overactive. Dr Parvin Shafa in Irvine is an experienced dermatologist who has been treating patients around orange county with different skin diseases. Contact her office in irvine for a consultation on the removal of sebacious gland hyperplasia

Treatment Options

A variety of treatment options for sebaceous gland hyperplasia include:

  • Topical chemical treatments with bichloracetic or trichloroacetic acid
  • Cauterization or electrodessication
  • Curettage with electrodessication
  • Carbon dioxide laser surgery
  • Cryosurgery
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Shave excision and oral isotretinoin.

Unfortunately, treatment of these lesions often results in a depressed scar or is followed by recurrence. When you visit Dr Parvin Shafa’s office in Irvine, Orange County she will examine your condition and determine which treatment option is best for you. Some sebaceous hyperplasia bumps can resemble a type of skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma. Our dermatologist will need to examine the area to make an accurate diagnosis.

How we Treat Sebaceous Gland Hyperplasia

At OC MedDerm, we adapt a simple procedure. Our technique begins with focal destruction of each sebaceous hyperplasia with electrodessication followed by full-face carbon dioxide laser resurfacing. This approach not only offers improvement in the cosmetic appearance of the intended lesion, there is also noticeable improvement of mild-to-moderate textural changes and fine superficial or moderate static wrinkles, as well.