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Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

Acne

What is Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra?

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra are very common benign brown warty papules that appear in African Americans and other patients with dark skin tones, DPNs usually affect the cheeks, neck, and upper chest. DPNs are a type of seborrheic keratosis. Many patients request removal of DPNs, particularly when multiple or large, due to their unsightly appearance.

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra
  • How is Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra treated?
  • What are the immediate post treatment effects and long term results?

Treatment through the use of either diathermy or laser treatment can provide effective results for patients with less risk of scarring than liquid nitrogen. A topical anaesthetic cream is used prior to precision cautery treatment, whereas laser cooling is usually sufficient to keep the treatment comfortable during laser treatment.

Immediately post treatment the lesions appear discoloured either darker or grey with the surrounding area appearing mildly inflamed. A soothing ointment is applied post treatment, then the lesion is left to fall off over the following days. 

A comprehensive consultation with a MLAC Senior Dermal Clinician or Cosmetic Registered Nurse allows for proper assessment and treatment plan development. Please call our clinical experts on (03) 8686 5786.

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