DPNs (Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra) & Its Treatment

What are DPNs?

DPNs (Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra) are non-viral wart-like lesions that run-in families. They are benign. DPNs are usually asymptomatic but can sometimes itch or become painful usually with trauma. People refer to them as facial “moles,” however, DPNs are not moles or nevi. 

Who gets dermatosis papulosa nigra?

DPNs usually start to appear after age 30 and accumulate with time this is why some people feel that they make them look older. They are more common in people with skin of colour especially Indians or Asians. They are also more common in women

Do I need to get them removed?

Removal is optional. Some people want to keep these facial and neck lesions removed because they are a family trait. Others want to remove them for the same reason. Whatever the motivation, after the procedure patients generally feel that their face looks clearer and fresher.

What happens during dermatosis papulosa nigra removal?

At Elan Skin Care Clinic getting rid of DPNs involves washing the face, applying a topical numbing cream for a few minutes, then lightly burning them off with a machine called a hyfrecator. Raised lesions may be removed with a scissors.  Petroleum jelly is then applied to the minor wounds and the patient can go home. 

DPN removal after care

Wound care is simple staying out of the sun, keeping the area clean, and applying petroleum jelly twice daily until the lesions are completely healed– which take about a week. DPN removal is a low-risk procedure the risks being pain, burn, infection scarring and dark

DPN removal healing time

There is a superficial erosion after treatment.  Most people find that the treated area heals within a week.  If the lesion removed the area may take longer to return to normal. 

DPN removal side effects

Most patients have a superficial erosion after treatment that heals completely.  Anytime the skin is burned there is a risk infection, scar, and discoloration.  Surgical technique and after care minimize this risk. 

Looking for DPN removal near me?

 DPN removal is a safe, easy procedure with little to no downtime. If you are ready to have yours treated, Call Elan Skin Care Clinic to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.


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