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 is actually caused by overactive sweat glands which cause yellow sebum (grease) to become trapped in the skin’s upper layers.
The most commonplace 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 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 revisit:
- 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
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).
Sebaceous hyperplasia is 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 to the condition very quickly if it needs an expert diagnosis.
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|Description||Surgery Cost||Histology* Cost||Total Cost
|1 sebaceous hyperplasia||from £450||£85||£535
The cost of sebaceous hyperplasia removal includes all local anaesthetic, dressings and any follow-up required.
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 the 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.
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Your Sebaceous Hyperplasia Removal questions answered
Where do sebaceous hyperplasia appear?
Sebaceous hyperplasia lesions tend to occur primarily on the face. The common sites are the forehead, cheeks, under the eyes, nose and chin.
Are sebaceous hyperplasia a sign of cancer?
No, sebaceous hyperplasia are completely harmless. However, the lesions can sometimes look like those that appear with basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. With all skin lesions, if there is any concern that the problem might be cancerous, it’s best to get a proper diagnosis to rule out any concerns.
Can stress cause sebaceous hyperplasia?
Chronic stress increases the secretion of adrenal androgens and this can results in sebaceous hyperplasia.
Are there any DIY remedies for sebaceous hyperplasia?
If your sebaceous hyperplasia is 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.
Does sebaceous hyperplasia disappear on it’s own?
Once they’ve formed, sebaceous hyperplasia tend to be quite stubborn and won’t go away on their own.
Who carries out sebaceous hyperplasia 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.
Does sebaceous hyperplasia removal hurt?
We use numbing creams and/or local anaesthetic to make the procedure pain-free throughout. You may have some discomfort or soreness when the anaesthetic wears off, but this can be managed using normal painkillers (paracetamol/ibuprofen).
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.
Which clinics offer sebaceous hyperplasia removal treatment?
Are sebaceous hyperplasia associated with age?
Sebaceous hyperplasia tend to be seen more on middle-aged and older people.
Can you squeeze sebaceous hyperplasia?
Squeezing sebaceous hyperplasia is ineffective. You won’t extract anything from the bump. What’s more, there is the risk that they may become inflamed or bleed.