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Written by Dr. Ringpfeil

Sebaceous Hyperplasias

Treatments: Smoothbeam laser, photodynamic therapy, CO2 laser ablation, electrofulguration, curettage.

These benign yellowish growths occur on the face anytime after the age of 30. They tend to run in families. Occasionally, they can resemble basal cell cancers of the skin and should be evaluated before treatment. Destruction of the underlying enlarged oil gland is the aim of all treatments.

The only treatments that provide results without scarring is Smoothbeam laser or photodynamic therapy because they selectively target sebaceous (oil) glands. Other modalities include ablation by CO2 laser, slow melting of the oil gland with an electric needle (electrofulguration), and scraping of the oil gland (curettage).

Depending on the size of the enlarged oil gland, one or treatments are necessary to achieve complete destruction with any of the above treatment modalities. Treatment of the existing glands cannot prevent development of new sebaceous hyperplasias at other sites.

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Last updated: 5/3/2021 12:54 PM

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Would you recommend us?

definitely
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Compare our service to other similar practices

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Overall doctor performance

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The doctor listened to you attentively

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The doctor took time to answer your questions

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The doctor explained treatment options

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The doctor explained treatment options

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Front desk performance

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Aesthetician performance

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Office comfort

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Parking

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Friendliness of the staff during appointment

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What WE DID WELL

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Loved the office decor. the soothing music. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Great experience.

#12011-12-05 10:22:59

All was excellent

#22011-05-03 10:51:30

knowledge and friendly

#32021-04-19

friendliness of office staff and physician

#42021-02-25

The time the doctor took in answering questions and discussing issues

#52020-07-20

Friendly staff and doctore

#62020-09-28

Andrea was very responsive to my original request to be seen, and you provided a very quick appointment even though I was not a patient. As an architect, I especially appreciate the attention to detail in how you have retrofitted the office.

#72020-08-07

The staff and physician were excellent! Thanks so much!

#82021-03-29

I like that you can schedule and access info by computer. The office is beautiful, very relaxing and staff is wonderful. The nicest doctors office I have ever been too

#92011-10-19 12:56:42

Friendly, clean, and helpful.

#102010-11-29 14:01:40

What can we do better?

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Everything was wonderful

#12020-11-18

Keep me informed of specials on products that might be good for my skin.

#22011-01-05 16:01:31

everything was wonderful

#32010-08-25 12:47:35

I can't think of anything.

#42010-08-25 14:18:06

So glad I came. Always liked Dr. Kern and Ann Watson. He'd be so pleased with your entire professional setup

#52021-01-01

I thought that consideration could have been made re: pricing of skin tag removal since I only had one tag removed.

#62021-03-15

I'm speechless!! I make a living at answering this very question but I can't recommend anything you can do to provide better service. You deserve a high score in all aspects of the practice. One minor detail - I have not yet seen the aesthetician and I have limited experience with you. Maybe patients could complete a survey after they've had a couple of appointments and contact with others. Some valuable feedback may be provided. Oops....I just heard an administrator use the word "cancellation" with a patient. May I suggest other terms like "change in the schedule" or "we'll make time for you". Wouldn't want to give patients the idea that it's ok to cancel. :-) Can you recommend a vascular specialist closer to the area than in Center City?

#72011-06-02 14:18:32

Everything was good

#82011-03-08 15:22:54

More chairs in the waiting room. More parking spaces.

#92010-09-15 12:08:01

I am completely satisfied with the current level of service and really can't think of anything that you could improve upon. This survey is a good thing.

#102010-10-13 09:38:13
Customer Rating : 4.5

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