Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN) Removal
Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN) Removal

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN) Removal

Removal of Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN) for cosmetic purposes.

Because each patient is uniquely different, we require a personal consultation for all aesthetic services. During this consultation Dr. Jackson will hear your concerns, review your health history examine the area(s) of concern and customize a treatment plan to assist you in achieving your goals. If you would like to schedule a consultation to be evaluated, please contact us at (919) 294-9440 .

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (also known as DPN) is characterized by small brown or black spots that are on the skin on the cheeks and near the eyes. Sometimes people refer to them as “moles”, but they are not moles. The spots may also be found on other areas of the face, neck, chest, and back. Some people with dermatosis papulosa nigra have a few, isolated spots while others have hundreds of spots. The spots may be flat or hang off the skin like a skin tag. The spots are not dangerous in any way, but they may cause itching or irritation. They also could lessen someone’s attractiveness.

This condition occurs most frequently in darker skin types, such as African or Asian, and less frequently in other races. Women are more likely to develop this condition than men. The spots generally appear after puberty and grow in size and number with age.

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  • The treatment may not be able to completely remove spots, the goal of treatment should be to minimize the appearance of spots rather than to remove them completely.

What is the cause of dermatosis papulosa nigra?

The cause of dermatosis papulosa nigra is unknown.

How do I know if I have dermatosis papulosa nigra?

The appearance and distribution of dermatosis papulosa nigra allow a dermatologist to easily recognize the condition by clinical examination. Rarely, a dermatologist may perform a biopsy, a procedure in which a small skin sample is taken from the affected area and looked at under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis.

How is Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra treated?

Although dermatosis papulosa nigra is not a dangerous condition, some patients choose to have the spots removed for cosmetic reasons. The condition generally worsens with age, and the size and number of spots do not decrease without treatment. People who are considering treatment for dermatosis papulosa nigra should carefully consider their expectations and goals of treatment. Because treatment may not be able to completely remove spots, the goal of treatment should be to minimize the appearance of spots rather than to remove them completely.

Treatment for dermatosis papulosa nigra is complicated by the fact that the condition occurs mostly in skin of color patients, who are at a higher risk of developing pigmentation defects (lightening or darkening of the skin) and scarring following treatment. The resultant blotchy or scarred appearance of the skin may be as cosmetically undesired as the original dermatosis papulosa nigra spots.

Treatment options for dermatosis papulosa nigra include scissor excision, shave excision, cryosurgery, electrodessication, curettage, dermabrasion, and laser removal. The cost of treatment depends on the type of treatment and on the size of the area to be treated. Since treatment is usually performed for cosmetic reasons, removal of these benign lesions is not covered by insurance and is an out-of-pocket expense. The type of treatment that is best for dermatosis papulosa nigra depends on the individual patient.

Treatment Type Cryotherapy, Light Therapies
Treatment Problem or Condition Moles
Skin Type Body Areas
Size N/A
Brand None
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