Sebaceous Hyperplasia (Enlarged Oil Gland)
Sebaceous hyperplasia is one or more enlarged oil glands. It appears as a yellow dot or a small doughnut, usually on the face. These are harmless bumps which do not turn into skin cancer. They can be removed for cosmetic reasons.
The bumps can be treated with an electric spark using a thin, fine needle or cold spray using liquid nitrogen. This causes some pain. Sometimes, it can leave a small scar or an area of skin which is lighter or darker. You should avoid intense sun exposure right after the procedure. No other special care is necessary. The bump may or may not go away. For this reason we advise treating a few spots as test areas before treating all of the bumps or spots.
Normal Skin Sebaceous Hyperplasia
UW Dermatology Department
1 S. Park St 7th Floor
Madison, WI 53715
Clinic: 608 287-2450
American Family Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Dermatology Specialty Clinic
1675 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792
Clinic: 608 263-6420
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Last Updated: 07/10/2013
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