Disorders of keratinization:
Fibromas – These are benign skin tumors and they can be flat, raised, small or large, single or multiple formations which can spread out. Fibromas typically occur on the face, neck or back.
Skin tags are one type of fibroma. They are slightly raised lesions commonly found on the neck, back, axilla (armpits), in body folds and the groin. They can be skin colored or hyper pigmented. Skin tags can become inflamed through repeatedly irritation from continuous rubbing.
Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPT) – we see this skin condition often in the South African population, in both men and women and, for many, it is cosmetically undesirable. This condition is recognised by multiple seborrhoeic keratoses which are small bumps on the face, neck and upper chest. The causes of this are a combination of genetic factors and photo ageing (from UVA and UVB light exposure).
Seborrhoeic keratoses originate from the superficial layer of the skin. They have a scaly, pigmented appearance, flat on the skin.
Milia are small, white lesions which can be found in oily or dry skin and are the result of poor exfoliation. They are plugs of sebum covered with dead cells.
Sebaceous hyperplasia is a skin infection which results in enlarged sebaceous glands. They are seen as yellowish, soft small lesions on the skin.
Cherry Angiomas is a benign growth consisting of small blood vessels. They look like small blood spots.
Telangiectasia or angioectasia are small dilated blood vessels visible on the skin. They can develop anywhere on the body. With Lamprobe technology we can remove these small vessels on the face if the diameter of the vessels is about 1millimeter.
ABOUT THE LAMPROBE PROCEDURE
The medical doctor should assess the patient and assess whether there any suspicious lesions, in which case the patient will be referred to a dermatologist for further treatment.
Generally to treat small benign skin irregularities doctors use different methods, like cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen; cauterization with electrical frequency or lanceting.
In our clinic we use Lamprobe, which uses a blending of radio frequency currents. This method provides quick and effective treatment of common skin irregularities without penetrating the skin surface or inducing trauma on the surrounding tissue.
The procedure is very well tolerated, but to make it even more comfortable for patients, topical anaesthetic cream can be applied. For bigger lesions a local anaesthetic can also be injected local anaesthetic.
Home care advice after procedure:
In the treated area redness and scabbing may form. Please make sure, you don’t pick at the scabs, because prematurely removing the scabs may cause hyper- or hypo-pigmentation, or scarring. The doctor will advise you on how the cream should be applied on treated area. Sun protection cream must also be used but you should avoid direct sunlight. Please clean the treated area with gentle products (without alcohol) and don’t use any other form of peeling or bleaching product for at least 21 days. Please contact us for further information should you need to. Make sure you make an appointment for a follow up appointment with your doctor after 2-3 weeks.