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What are Sebaceous Hyperplasias?
Sebaceous hyperplasia is the term used for enlarged sebaceous glands seen on the forehead or cheeks of the middle-aged and elderly leading to an ongoing problem with over-productive oil glands. They appear to be somewhat indented in the middle. This indented centre is characteristic of sebaceous hyperplasia. It has nothing to do with milia or an old spot.
Sun damage is a well-known factor in sebaceous hyperplasia. The skin cells are burned or overexposed to sunlight, creating the perfect environment for the condition to prosper but, are not a precancerous condition. Sebaceous hyperplasia can be effectively treated with fine-needle electrocautery, a painless procedure that may or may not require numbing. Occasionally, slightly lighter or darker pigmentation may occur at the treated areas, this usually resolves over time.
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