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J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013 Jan;66(1):e8-11. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2012.08.039. Epub 2012 Sep 28.

Micro-punch technique for treatment of Fordyce spots: a surgical approach for an unpleasant condition of the male genital.

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  • 1Department of Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Burn Center, University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Pauwelsstrasse 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany.


Fordyce spots are ectopic sebaceous glands, ranging between 2 and 3 mm in diameter. These benign lesions are most frequently located in the oral mucosa and the genital skin. Especially in the male genital region they can cause itching, discomfort during sexual activities and are aesthetically unpleasant. So far, a variety of therapeutic procedures have been reported with varying success and recurrence rates. In the present retrospective study (n = 23 patients between 2003 and 2011), we present our surgical approach by means of the micro-punch technique. Using this effective method, we achieved very satisfactory functional and cosmetic results. There were no signs of recurrence during postoperative observations from 12 up to 84 months (median = 51.3 months).

Copyright © 2012 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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