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  Sebaceous Hyperplasia Center


Sebaceous gland hyperplasia presents as small cream- to yellow-colored papules located, most notably, on the face.

 If you look at these lesions very closely and very carefully, you will notice that there is a central depression. Some have even described them as looking like very tiny doughnuts.

Sebaceous Hyperplasia Treatment Center in New York, NY headed by Dr. Gary a world acclaimed Cosmetic Dermatologist has over 28 years of experience treating  this condItion.

Generally speaking, these lesions will increase in number over time. Rarely, some lesions have been reported to resolve on their own, but the vast majority tends to remain permanently. These represent an overgrowth of the sebaceous glands (oil producing glands) on the face. Their growth is associated with exposure to different androgen hormones and sun. This explains why sebaceous hyperplasia is seen more commonly in men than in women, but it is still seen in all people.

Sebaceous gland hyperplasia can effectively be treated with a number of cosmetic procedures including minor surgery, electrosurgery liquid nitrogen freezing, and, most effectively, with laser therapy. For more information on the cosmetic treatment of these lesions, we would be happy to see you in consultation.

Patients often request removal, which may be accomplished by using a wide range of destructive techniques.

Carbon dioxide lasers have been in use for many years to treat different benign and malignant skin conditions. The ability to rejuvenate sun-damaged, wrinkled skin also has been revolutionized by this technology.

Combining electrodessication followed by carbon dioxide laser resurfacing for sebaceous hyperplasia destruction can also at the same time restore a youthful look to the aged face.

Treatment Options

A variety of treatment options for sebaceous hyperplasia have been in our office including topical chemical treatments with trichloroacetic acid, cauterization or electrodessication, curettage with electrodessication, carbon dioxide laser surgery, cryosurgery, photodynamic therapy, and shave excision.


Electrodessication (Hyfrecator electrosurgical unit) is performed with a sharp non insulated epilating needle. With continuous pressure, the needle is inserted into each lobule, one by one, and desiccated for less than 1 second, resulting in a crackling or popping sound.

In my experience patients have noticed improvement in the visual appearance of sebaceous hyperplasia and a much smoother appearance in their skin

As with rhytides and acne scarring, a re-touch every 5 to 15 years for sebaceous hyperplasia may be necessary for maintaining optimal skin texture.

Although generally benign, sebaceous hyperplasia can be a cause for significant aesthetic concern, as they tend to recur unless the entire sebaceous unit is destroyed or excised.

I have been treating Sebaceous Hyperplasia for over 20 years with excellent results. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment please call 212.644.6454

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New York Dermatology serves the following neighborhoods within New York (NY), which are in close proximity to our office:
Upper East Side Dermatology, Fifth Avenue Dermatology, Park Avenue Dermatology, Madison Avenue Dermatology, Upper West Side Dermatology, Midtown Dermatology, Lower East Side Dermatology,Chelsea Dermatology, Gramercy Park Dermatology, Murray Hill Dermatology,  Greenwich Village Dermatology, East Village Dermatology, West Village Dermatology, Soho Dermatology, Tribeca Dermatology, Meatpacking District Dermatology, Sutton Place Dermatology, Wall Street Dermatology, Hells Kitchen Dermatology, and the boroughs of Brooklyn Dermatology , Bronx Dermatology, Queens Dermatology and Staten Island Dermatology.
Dr. Gary Rothfeld is recognized as one of the best Dermatologist in New York, NY, Manhattan, NYC, New York City and the nation by the entertainment industry in the United States of America. At New York Dermatology headed by board certified Dermatologist Dr. Rothfeld, sees patients  7 days a week including Saturday and Sunday.
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