FORDYCE SPOTS

Fordyce spots are a relatively common benign condition characterized by tiny yellow to yellow-white macules and globoid papules distributed on the vermilion region of the lips and the buccal mucosa. Other less common locations include the glans penis or labia minora. Fordyce spots are composed of ‘free’ (i.e., not associated with hair follicles) sebaceous glands, and they probably represent a normal anatomic variant. They may present or become more prominent during puberty. Fordyce spots are asymptomatic, and treatment is unnecessary.

About the author:

Christofer Tzermias

Specialised in the UK (Oxford & London) and in North America (New York & San Diego) in the field of LASER Dermatology, Dr Tzermias, has been providing dermatological state-of-the-art treatments using cutting-edge LASER and Energy based Devices for over 20 years. He has been Director of Interventional and LASER Dermatology Department at the Athens Medical Center for over 18 years and for the last 9 years is the Scientific Director of IQ - Intensive Quality Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Clinics, which at the 2017 Healthcare Awards won the ‘Innovation Award for Innovative Services’ for their pioneering contributions. Since 2018, IQ Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Clinics has also been operating in London, UK and in Muscat, Oman. Dr Tzermias is a Fellow of the world-renowned American Society for LASER Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), a Founder Member of the European Society LASER Dermatology (ESLD), the Vice President of the ‘Open Health Alliance’ and he is also on the Board of Directors of Elitour - Greek Medical Tourism Council.

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