Syringomas are small benign tumors. They are usually found on your upper cheeks and lower eyelids. Though rare, they may also occur on your chest, abdomen, or genitals. These harmless growths result when the cells from your sweat glands are overactive. They usually begin to develop in young adulthood but can occur at any age.
Cause of Syringomas
Syringomas can be caused by any activity that increases sweat gland productivity, which may lead to tumor growth. In addition, some conditions affect the sweat glands and may mean you’re more likely to develop syringomas. These include:
- Down Syndrome
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Marfan’s Syndrome
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Signs and Symptoms of Syringomas
Syringomas usually appear as small bumps that grow between 1 and millimeters. They are either yellowish or flesh-coloured. They typically occur in symmetrical clusters on both sides of your face or body.
Eruptive syringomas are usually found on your chest or abdomen and appear as multiple lesions occurring at the same time.
Syringomas aren’t itchy or painful and are usually asymptomatic.
Agnes is the premier treatment modality for syringomas. Agnes uses a special needle designed to treat syringomas that is insulated at the base to protect and does not damage the epidermis but destroys the syringoma in the dermis where it is based.
This permanently destroys it with very minimal downtime. An alternative treatment is CO2 laser which ablates and destroys the epidermis, taking the top of the syringomas with it. It does not however destroy the syringoma at the base so it regrows. CO2 also comes with significant down time and risk due to the ablative function of it.
How is AGNES Performed?
Agnes uses the micro-instulated needles to destroy the eccrine sweat glands. The insulated part of needle is short enough to protect only the epidemis and the non-insulated part of the needle is long enough to destroy the targeted tissues effectively.
Am I a Good Candidate for Syringoma?
Men and women who are experiencing syringomas, who are healthy and have no contraindicating medical conditions, and who are interested in syringoma treatment that utilizes the body’s natural healing response may be good candidates for this procedure. Your treatment options will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Are There Side Effects?
Agnes has minimal to no side effects though a little swelling may occur, but this reaction will disappear soon. Small scabs may occur, where the needle was inserted. The phagocytes will destroy the syrinoma after a certain time of treatment. During your consultation with Dr. Holman and our medical team, any safety information that may apply to you will be discussed. Prior to treatment, factors such as your health and medical history will be evaluated to help you determine if this treatment is right for you.
An initial consultation with Doctor Holman and our medical team is required where he will evaluate your health, medical history, aesthetic goals and other factors to determine the best possible treatment for your individual condition. It is common for there to be multiple treatments and depending on the number required, prices start at $550 a treatment. We do offer virtual consults should they be required. Doctor Holman will provide any necessary safety information that may apply to you prior to treatment.
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