Seborrheic Keratosis is a very common benign growth that has a waxy, scaly and raised appearance. It is usually black or brown. It has a very distinguished stuck-on appearance like barnacles on a boat.
Seborrheic keratosis is a common sign of skin aging, especially among men due to excessive/unprotected sun exposure. Areas of the body such as the face, chest, shoulders, back and even the scalp for bald men are prone to the growth of seborrheic keratosis.
Skin tags are painless, soft, pedunculated benign growths commonly found at skin folds such as the eyelids, neck, armpits and groin area. They are usually flesh coloured. Skin tags easily bleed when accidentally scratched. They are not harmful but can be unsightly, removal is usually due to cosmetic purposes.
Cherry angiomas, commonly known as red moles contain broken blood vessels, hence the red colour. Cherry angiomas are small and can be smooth or slightly raised. It usually occurs in those aged 30 and above. Cherry angiomas can be found on any part of the body, usually the face and chest. They are harmless. As they contain blood vessels, they can bleed if rubbed or cut open.
Solar lentigo as the name suggests, is a lentigo – a small hyperpigmented patch on the skin with a defined border caused by excessive exposure to UV radiation. Solar lentigo as also known as age spots. Solar lentigenes are flat, can be round, oval or irregular in shape. When part of our skin is excessively exposed to UV radiation, the area causes accumulation of melanin, which in turn causes a brown discoloration of the area. Solar lentigo are
usually found in sun-exposed areas such as the face, back of hands and scalp. It is very common, especially in the 40 year old group of people. Solar lentigo is harmless. However, it is usually the first hyperpigmented lesion noticed by individuals seeking treatment.
Sebaceous (oil) gland hyperplasia is usually mistaken as a whitehead during facial extraction. We usually hear clients describing them as headless whiteheads. They are raised, round and umbilicated. Sebaceous gland hyperplasia is commonly seen amidst oily face with large pores or those with a history of severe acne. It occurs due to overactive sebaceous glands.
Comedones, fondly known as whiteheads or blackheads. Whiteheads are closed comedones, where the follicles are blocked by sebum, dead skin cells and debris. Blackheads, on the other hand, are open comedones with oxidation by the air causing them to turn black. Comedones are precursor to acne.
Syringomas are firm, skin-coloured, round bumps commonly found in clusters at the periorbital area (around the eyes). Syringomas are harmless eccrine (sweat) gland growths. They are more common in women. They may also appear on the face, armpits, upper chest and vulva. They are larger than milia. Syringomas can be treated, however the risk of scarring and recurrence is high.
Milia are small, firm, pearly, round cysts. Milia occurs due to clogged sweat glands
Milia typically appear in clusters on the eyelids, nose and cheeks. The cysts occur when keratin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin. Milia can occur in all age groups, but they are most common in newborns, also known as baby acne.
Xanthelasma is a soft collection of yellowish fat under the skin usually associated with high blood cholesterol. They are harmless but are unsightly. Many women find it difficult to apply eyeshadow as the bulge is almost impossible to mask.
GEM clinic utilizes focused energy devices or LASER to treat these unsightly growths. There is minimal discomfort as we give adequate anaesthesia in the form of topical numbing cream or via injections to larger lesions. Downtime is also reduced with the usage of our range of latest and high grade medical devices.