Sebaceous hyperplasia look like small yellow bumps with a white edge.
They commonly appear with age and can affect both men and women.
Sebaceous hyperplasia are actually caused by overactive sweat glands which cause yellow sebum (grease) to become trapped in the skin’s upper layers.
The most common place for sebaceous hyperplasia to appear is on the forehead or cheeks due to the prevalence of sweat glands in these areas.
They are commonly seen on patients from middle age onwards and tend to appear on the forehead, where the sebaceous glands are more active.
In addition to the development of yellowish cysts, sebaceous hyperplasia might also cause the blood vessels in the area to become more prominent, exaggerating the appearance of the sebaceous hyperplasia themselves..
Sebaceous hyperplasia are considered a cosmetic problem and therefore there is little treatment available on the NHS. However, it is important to get a correct diagnosis before dismissing the problem altogether, as some sebaceous hyperplasia may be confused for a type of skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma. If there are any concerns, it is important to get the lesion checked out. A GP should refer the condition very quickly if it needs expert diagnosis.
Sebaceous Hyperplasia Treatments
Sebaceous hyperplasia can last a very long time if left untreated.
Dr Ross Perry at Cosmedics Skin Clinics based in London offers two treatment options which are both available on a ‘see and treat’ basis where the consultation and treatment are carried out in the same appointment, avoiding the need for a revisist:
- Laser treatment – laser works to firstly break down the blockage and then stimulate the skin’s own healing and renewal processes
- Skin surgery – very hard or enlarged sebaceous hyperplasia may be resistant even to laser treatment. These can be removed with surgery to remove the lesions altogether
The cost of sebaceous hyperplasia removal includes all local anaesthetic, dressings and any follow-up required.
|Description||Surgery Cost||Histology* Cost||Total Cost|
|1 sebaceous hyperplasia||from £450||£85||£535|
Prices above are a guide to the costs and the exact price can only be determined once the doctor has examined the patient in person and given advice as to the best way of removal. Larger and more numerous lesions are likely to incur a higher fee. The price is confirmed at consultation with one of Cosmedics’ experienced doctors.
To get an idea of the cost, patients can choose to send a photograph of their cyst to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will ask a Doctor to give an opinion. However, this does not replace a face to face consultation.
* We may advise patients to have skin lesions sent for histology / testing. We charge the lowest prices possible for histology as we realise patients often feel it is not required, but occasionally rare or suspicious things are detected early on in lesions that can look normal, which is why this is good practice. The doctor will clarify this at the consultation.
We charge £50 for the consultation with one of our experienced doctors.
Prices for treatments carried out in the same appointment as the consultation will include the £50 consultation fee (note**: same day procedures are only undertaken where the procedure is deemed appropriate to do so AND the patient understands the full extent of the costs, risks and potential side effects and is consenting to proceed on that knowledge)
Who carries out this treatment?
Sebaceous hyperplasia removal is carried out by Dr Ross Perry, founder of Cosmedics Skin Clinics. As a GP and NHS skin cancer reconstruction surgeon, he is highly experienced in diagnosis and removal of skin lesions of all types.
What is histology/testing for?
The appearance of certain sebaceous hyperplasia may look very similar to basal cell carcinoma, a much more serious condition. If there is any doubt or concern, the lesion will be sent away for testing. Patients will be informed of the result as quickly as possible.
The vast majority of sebaceous hyperplasia are completely harmless, but we always err on the side of caution with regard to any testing.
Will they disappear on their own?
Once they’ve formed, sebaceous hyperplasia tend to be quite stubborn and won’t go away on their own.
Are there any DIY remedies I can try?
If your sebaceous hyperplasia are due to oily skin, then preparations to reduce oiliness might help to prevent further lesions appearing. Using a daily exfoliating wash might help here.
However, for existing sebaceous hyperplasia, there tends to be little progress achieved by using topical preparations.