Syringomas are small bumps that typically appear on the face – normally on the upper and lower eyelids, around the eyes, on the forehead and on the upper cheeks. These benign bumps can also appear on other areas of the body, but not as frequently as on the face. Women are more prone to developing syringomas than men. And although individuals who have syringomas typically want them removed, these noncancerous bumps are not life-threatening.
Many people mistake syringoma for acne. And because they think the white and yellow bumps that appear on their faces are the result of acne, they attempt to treat the condition with over-the-counter acne medications. In reality, syringomas are just small, benign, tumors that usually appear near facial sweat glands. Syringomas can appear on a person of any age, but they are relatively uncommon in children. Also, they can exist on people of all races. There is evidence that syringomas run in families, so it is believed that genetics plays a role in whether or not a person will develop them.
It is not advisable to attempt to remove your own syringomas by squeezing them or treating them with self-prescribed over-the-counter medications. If you believe you have syringomas, make sure to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. You may be able to treat your syringomas with topical medication, but other treatment methods are often more effective.
Before coming up with a treatment plan, your dermatologist must first diagnose your condition. This may be accomplished by a visual examination but it may require a skin biopsy – which involves numbing the area and removing a small piece of skin that will be sent to a laboratory for a closer examination. Once a diagnosis is made, your dermatologist will let you know your options. Typically, the suggested methods of removal are electric cauterization, laser surgery, freezing, removal by scalpel, or dermabrasion.
How to Prevent Syringomas
It may not be possible to completely eliminate the possibility of developing syringomas, especially if you have a genetic predisposition for them. However, keeping your face clean should help. Your dermatologist should be able to provide you with a good cleaning regimen, including the specific facial cleaning products you should use. Also, avoiding over-exposure to the sun and sunburns and always wearing sunscreen is advisable. If you think you have one or more syringoma, contact our office today and book a consultation!