Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Is your skin plagued by bumps and enlarged pores? Sebaceous hyperplasia may be to blame.

Put your best face forward

As you’ve gotten older you may have noticed enlarged pores, or bumps or flesh colored or yellowish elevations appearing on your skin, most likely on your forehead, nose, or cheeks. You are not alone.  Many men develop sebaceous hyperplasia, a skin condition marked by enlargement of the oil glands, as they age. At Reflections, we understand that these blemishes can zap your confidence at work or in social situations.

Sebaceous hyperplasia is a problem that we can solve

At Reflections, we offer the most up to date and effective treatments available to combat sebaceous hyperplasia. Because every patient is unique, the team at Reflections will work with you to design the most effective treatment plan possible tailored to your skin type and severity of condition. Your plan may combine multiple treatments and combination therapies, and at Reflections we know how to put them all together.

Laser and light therapies — a game changer

In the past, most sebaceous hyperplasia patients were treated as if they had acne. But it’s a new day –– the most effective treatment for sebaceous hyperplasia is the use of lasers and light therapy. And at Reflections, we have the most effective and widest array of options available to get your skin under control.

Take charge of your skin with the latest innovations in treating sebaceous hyperplasia.

What are my options?

SmoothBeam is often used in treating sebaceous hyperplasia.  This diode laser delivers a special wavelength of energy deep below the skin, stimulating collagen and smoothing the skin’s surface1.

Another option is the application of dichloroacetic acid (DCA) to each individual lesion. A series of carefully performed treatments can make annoying facial bumps fade away2.

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is another treatment that begins with a deep cleansing or skin resurfacing to prepare your skin for the application and absorption of Levulan, a light sensitizing gel that is placed on the treatment areas prior to targeting the glands with a laser and/or a light. The glands absorb the heat from the laser and reduce in size, sometimes with long-term suppression of the oil glands. A variety of tools such as blue light therapy, intense pulsed light (IPL), pulsed dye laser, or LED light may be utilized, depending on the goals of therapy3.

Vbeam Perfecta, the gold standard pulse dye laser, is often used in combination with photodynamic therapy, or on its own to effectively target and treat the glands3.

A series of laser and light therapies are typically required to produce long-lasting results.  At Reflections, we have the expertise to formulate the best treatment plan for you.

Be transformed — both inside and out

Our goal at Reflections is to leave you not just looking better, but feeling better too. Reflections approach to treating sebaceous hyperplasia will increase your self-esteem and ensure that you can put your best face forward every day.

*Results may vary: sebaceous hyperplasia typically requires a series of treatments to see best results, and may require long-term prescription medications or laser/light therapies to maintain skin clearance. However, results from several studies have shown that the overwhelming majority of patients experience significant reduction in the number of lesions after treatment with laser and light therapies.

  1. No, D., McClaren, M., Chotzen, V. and Kilmer, S. L. (2004), Sebaceous Hyperplasia Treated With a 1450-nm Diode Laser. Dermatologic Surgery, 30: 382–384. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2004.30105.
  2. Adam M. Rotunda, Anand R. Bhupathy, Thomas E. Rohrer;  The new age of acne therapy: Light, lasers, and radiofrequency; Published online: 12 Jul 2009; pages 191-200
  3. Alster TS , Tanzi EL; Photodynamic therapy with topical aminolevulinic acid and pulsed dye laser irradiation for sebaceous hyperplasia.(PMID:14558397); Journal of Drugs in Dermatology : JDD