Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Enlarged Oil Glands

General Information:

  • Are due to sebaceous glands (oil glands) becoming enlarged as they mature
  • Are not ‘cysts’ which can be ‘squeezed’ or ‘popped’ out
  • Are not due to diet
  • Are not warts
  • Are not contagious
  • Are not due to cosmetics or makeup
  • Are not ‘cholesterol’ or fat deposits
  • Usually develop on the forehead, nose, temples, chin and cheeks


  • A finely tipped electrical device(electrocautery) is applied to each spot
  • The treatment stings and feels very hot, but it completed in a few seconds
  • The spots become crusted and heal over a period of 2 to 5 days
  • A small amount of antibiotic ointment is applied daily until the areas are healed
  • Make-up can be applied the next day
  • The face can be washed normally
  • There is no limitation to exercise, bathing or showering after treatment
  • There is a small chance that the same gland may re-appear
  • It is normal to continue to develop new sebaceous hyperplasia with time
  • Rarely, a small white mark may be left at the site of treatment

Intense Pulsed Light Fotofacials (IPL):

  • IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) – Fotofacials may be used for sebaceous hyperplasia
  • It works better than electrocautery for very small glands and background redness of the skin
  • As an added bonus it also treats:
    • brown freckling
    • broken blood vessels (telangiectasia)
    • enlarged pores
    • sun damage
    • collagen deficiency in the skin
  • All of these lead to smoother, younger looking skin and reduced size of the oil glands at the same time.
  • To learn more about IPL, please click here
  • If you are not currently a patient, a referral from another physician is required for electrocautery treatments with the doctor
  • If you are interested in a free consultation regarding IPL with one of our aesthetic assistants, a referral is NOT necessary

Sebaceous Hyperplasia – Cheek

Sebaceous Hyperplasia – Forehead

Sebaceous Hyperplasia – Close Up

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