Immediate clearance of lesions
We use Hyfrecation to burn the lesions off so there is no waiting for the treatment to work.
We offer medical treatment of Fordycec spots using sophisticated technology.
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We conduct ourselves professionally and ensure your discretion at every stage.
How does the process work?
We will begin by assessing and confirming your Fordyce spots. We will discuss any questions you have and treatments available.
Should you wish to proceed with treatment, we will be able to offer you our Hyfrecation procedure for the same day removal of your Fordyce spots.
We may ask you to book a follow up call to ensure that your genital skin has healed nicely and to answer any further questions that you may have.
Can you treat Fordyce spots?
Fordyce spots are a normal part of the anatomy, and therefore do not require any treatment. Instead, management is simply reassurance and, if applicable, ruling out other conditions.
Some people dislike the appearance of Fordyce spots, and for some, their presence can cause significant psychological distress. In these cases, the individual may opt for removal of the lesions.
Fordyce spots can be removed with hyfrecation.
Can Fordyce spots be cured?
As Fordyce spots are a normal part of the anatomy, there is no need to remove them or “cure” them. However, if removal is desired for cosmetic reasons, this can be achieved by a number of methods such as hyfrecation or laser therapy. Those with multiple lesions they wish to remove may need prolonged and numerous treatments depending on the number of lesions. Whilst removal generally makes the lesions less visible, and it is possible for the lesions to be removed entirely, in some cases, the lesions will never be invisible.
How do you treat Fordyce spots?
Whilst Fordyce spots are harmless and normal, their presence can cause marked psychological distress. Their appearance can be perceived as unsightly, or they may be mistaken for a sexually transmitted infection which can cause significant stigma. People who are distressed by Fordyce spots may feel having them removed improves their self-esteem, confidence, and sex life.
In many patients, Tyson’s glands and pearly penile papules can be treated at the same time as Fordyce spots where necessary.
How effective is the treatment for Fordyce spots?
Hyfrecation is one of the most effective treatments for the successful removal of Fordyce spots. This is our preferred method of treatment for Fordyce spots with excellent results when someone does wish to have these benign spots removed.
How long does the treatment take to work?
Hyfrecation results in immediate removal of the lesions, and it takes a few days for the treated area to heal completely.
Are there any side effects?
Most patients do not experience any side effects apart from slight discomfort for a day or so. Pain, soreness and swelling of the treated area, change in skin colour and scarring are rare side effects.
Will Fordyce spots come back if I have them removed?
If someone opts for the removal of Fordyce spots, they are unlikely to return. However, complete removal of the lesions cannot be guaranteed, and they may remain faintly visible even after multiple treatments.
Are there any home remedies for Fordyce spots?
No. There are no home remedies that have been shown to be effective at removing Fordyce spots. If you have Fordyce spots, it’s highly discouraged to attempt any home remedies, including physical removal, burning, squeezing or “popping” the spots, or applying any over-the-counter remedies.
You should be mindful of general genital health, keeping your genitals clean using a fragrance-free soap or soap substitute. If you notice any new lesions on your genitals, it’s important to see a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis.
If you have had unprotected sex, it’s important to consider the possibility of sexually transmitted infection.
Page reviewed by Dr. Manoj Malu (Clinical Director)
Last reviewed date: 6 June 2021
Next review due: 6 June 2024
Whilst this content is written and reviewed by sexual health specialists, it is for general guidance only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your clinician.
Reference & Further Reading
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- Healthline (2017): Seborrheic keratosis
- The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2019): Benign pigmented skin lesion
- Patient.info (2021): Seborrhoeic Warts
- British Association of Dermatologists (2018): Seborrhoeic Dermatitis
- British Association of Dermatologists (2017): Seborrhoeic keratosis
- Primary Care Dermatology Society (2021): Seborrhoeic keratosis
- Dermnet NZ (2016): Seborrhoeic keratosis
- Dermnet NZ (2011): Seborrhoeic keratosis images
- Medscape (2020): Seborrheic keratosis
- Mayo Clinic (2019): Seborrheic keratosis
- NHS University Hospitals Birmingham (2020): Seborrhoeic keratosis
- British Association of Dermatologists (2008): Cryotherapy
- Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (2015): Current Understanding of Seborrheic keratosis: Prevalence, Etiology, Clinical Presentation, Diagnosis, and Management
- BMJ Best Practice (2018): Seborrhoeic keratosis