Brisbane's Doctor Only Injectables Clinic

07 3350 5447

Sebaceous Hyperplasia Treatment | Shave, Diathermy, Cryotherapy, Laser

Sebaceous hyperplasia is a harmless skin condition generally treated because of cosmetic concerns. They are usually easily identified by a doctor trained in dermatoscopy. However, sometimes a biopsy is required to differentiate them from skin cancer. Sebaceous hyperplasia treatment is achieved by cryotherapy, light cautery,  diathermy, laser ablation, shaving, or surgical excision. 

What is Sebaceous Hyperplasia?

Sebaceous hyperplasia is a benign growth of the sebaceous gland most common in middle-aged or older people. It manifests as single or multiple yellowish-white bumps surrounding a central pit, most common on the forehead, cheeks, and nose. The exact cause of it is unknown, but it is believed to be linked to circulating hormones as we age. There is also an increased incidence in people with oily skin,

  • Ranges in size from 1 to 3 mm.
  • In some cases, visible blood vessels.
  • They are smooth to the touch.
  • Without treatment, sebaceous hyperplasia does not disappear.
  • Skin cancer does not develop in them.

Sebaceous Hyperplasia Treatment

Topical creams are seldom effective in treating these benign skin lesions and physical methods such as diathermy, freezing with liquid nitrogen, shaving, excision or laser ablation are used. All these methods, however, risk scarring or depigmentation (discolouration). Though the area affected is generally small, you must determine if this will be aesthetically acceptable.