Syringomas appear as small bumps that develop under the surface of the skin. They are harmless skin growths of the sweat gland. Onset usually occurs during or after puberty. They can range in size from 1 to 3mm in diameter and most commonly present on the eyelids and around the eyes, however can also occur in other areas such as, underarms, and chest. They are also painless and do not cause itching.
Syringomas that are eruptive in nature can also appear as many lesions that develop at once.
Although syringomas are harmless, it is essential to have any growth occurring on the skin checked by our MLAC senior Dermal Clinicians to ensure that they are in fact syringomas. The Dermal Clinicians are qualified to identify and perform syringomas treatment to eliminate the bumps and assist with preventing recurrence.
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Syringomas can develop among people of any age, gender, or race. While it more commonly affects women, syringomas can also run in the family. Those with diabetes are more vulnerable to developing clear cell syringomas.
Syringomas generally appear symmetrically, as clusters that are evenly distributed on both sides of the body. They usually appear on:
Syringomas do not resolve by themselves, therefore if they become cosmetically concerning, they are removed by either diathermy or laser ablation. Although the Syringomas are effectively treated, removal may not prevent reoccurrence.
A numbing cream is applied 20-30 mins prior to treatment.
Depending on the number and extensiveness of the Syringomas, it may be recommended to also have Fractional resurfacing. A gentle Fractional Resurfacing treatment often assists in further smoothing out the surface following removal.
The Syringomas are cauterised by fine needle diathermy either insulated or uninsulated or alternatively ablated by CO2 laser treatment. The area is inflamed and becomes mildly crusty for a few days post treatment. A moisturising ointment is recommended to be continued for 5 to 7 days to optimize healing.
1-3 treatments may be required for particularly large Syringomas. Textural improvement is recommended for those with extensive Syringomas. A gentle Fractional Resurfacing assists in smoothing out the surface following removal. The Fractional CO2 /1540nm mixed laser technology. offers superior results.
A comprehensive consultation with one of the Senior Dermal Clinicians is necessary. Please call (03) 8686 5786.