What is Syringoma?
Syringomas are small papules that resemble pimples on your skin. They usually appear in small clusters or groups on your skin, most often on your face. They are easily identifiable as rounded bumps on the skin with colours ranging from skin-toned to white or even light yellow. These bumps are harmless to your body and they do not itch or cause pain.
Causes of Syringoma
Syringomas are the result of cells overgrowth in the sweat glands. These glands are also known as the eccrine glands. Eccrine gland is found in almost all regions of the skin and they produce sweat that reaches the surface of the skin by way of coiled ducts. When the body gets warm, your eccrine glands produce sweat to bring your body temperature down.
There are also physical and environmental factors that can make your eccrine glands overwork, causing syringoma to appear. These factors include:
- Exercise or physical activity
- Hot climate
- Genetic changes or mutations
- Underlying medical condition.
Syringoma is most commonly found around these areas:
- Upper cheeks
- Lower eyelids
Types of syringoma:
Localised bump is the most common type of syringoma that only appears on one area of your body. These bumps are usually not associated with any other medical condition.
Also known as eruptive syringomas, these bumps can appear on different parts of your body and are most common among adults.
Some people are just more prone to syringoma development due to genetics.
Syringoma Removal Treatments
Syringomas quite often return after treatments. At The Clifford Clinic, we use a combination of CO2 laser and AGNES RF to treat syringoma. From our experiences, the combination of these two treatments will help to not only remove the syringoma but also to reduce the chances of recurrences.
Fractional CO2 laser can improve skin’s texture, shrink pores and smoothen out wrinkles. Used in acne scar treatments in Singapore, the fractional CO2 laser is also just as effective for syringomas. They are also known as ablative lasers, meaning that the laser is capable of ablating or removing any excess skin or bumps on the surface or beneath the surface of the skin without affecting the surrounding skin. As such, direct CO2 can help to burn the syringoma till it’s gone and the lesion is flat to the skin.
Agnes uses a specific syringoma needle that is specifically measured to the depth of the syringomas and works by using small microscopic needles to accurately deliver radio frequency (RF) currents into the sweat glands. While the CO2 removes the syringoma, AGNES RF directly addresses the sweat gland that produces the syringoma. The RF energy from AGNES will help to inactive the sweat gland, therefore reducing the chances of recurrences of syringomas.
The Clifford Clinic uses two separate types of needles that deliver two different strength of RF energy for syringomas or acne treatment in Singapore so you can rest assured that the needles used for your treatment are fine-tuned specifically for your needs.
A layer of numbing cream will be applied prior to the treatment to make the procedure comfortable.
CO2 laser and AGNES RF are performed by medical doctors as they are medical procedures for syringoma and acne removal.
When performed correctly, the skin should heal and return to its original state. Hence, it is important to visit an experienced doctor for syringoma removal.
It determines on how many syringomas are there as well as how clustered are there. Several sessions are usually required for those that are numerous and clustered. Most patients can see good results in one session. Some will inevitably require more.
There may be a down time of 3-5 days. A scab will form and then drop off after the procedure.
Apply the topical antibiotic to minimize chances of infection.
While they may look similar, milia seeds tend to be more dome-shape . Milia filled with the skin protein keratin. Syringomas are small sweat gland growths. Milia seeds require CO2 to remove as well.