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Hyfrecation / Plasma Pen

Hyfrecation - also known as Plasma Pen - is a treatment where a tiny electric spark creates enough heat to treat a small 1mm area of skin.  It works by producing a small, controlled electrical burn that heals without a scar.  Hyfrecation / Plasma Pen is used to treat a number of conditions including Sebaceous Gland Hyperplasia, small skin blemishes and sometimes small wrinkles and lines.  To avoid scarring, the treated area must be less than 1 - 2mm in size.

Sebaceous Gland Hyperplasia

Sebaceous Gland Hyperplasia is a common skin condition that becomes more prominent with age.  It often develops in people who have had acne or greasy skin.  It looks like multiple small skin coloured or foamy white bumps, often with a central dimple.  It can develop anywhere on the face but is more common on the forehead, temples and cheeks.

It can be very difficult to treat - creams alone do not work.  At Stafford Skincare, we use Hyfrecation / Plasma Pen to treat the lesions.  Firstly, a local anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin.  Once the area is numbed, each individual lesion is treated by Hyfrecation.  This flattens the raised bump, leaving a brown carbon crust which lasts for about 5 days.  The carbon crust drops off and the skin underneath heals over about a 2 week period.  For most people the skin heals without any scars.  Sun exposure should be avoided for 6-8 weeks after treatment to reduce the risk of developing hyperpigmentation.  

It is necessary to have a Cosmetic Consultation a few weeks prior to arranging a treatment session with Hyfrecation for Sebaceous Gland Hyperplasia or other Skin blemishes.  During the Cosmetic Consultation the skin is examined to confirm the diagnosis and treatment options are discussed.  After the Cosmetic Consultation, you will be asked to apply certain creams for several weeks to prepare the skin for Hyfrecation.  The cost of the consultation is in addition to the cost of the treatment with Hyfrecation.   

For most people, one treatment session with Hyfrecation will be sufficient to remove or reduce the majority of the Sebaceous Gland Hyperplasia.  A second treatment session may be needed if the lesions are larger, or if there are many areas of Sebaceous Gland Hyperplasia.


Treatments are only offered to people aged 18 years and older.  Strenuous exercise and excessive alcohol should be avoided for 24 hours after treatment.  Make-up should be avoided until the crusts drop off to reduce the risk of skin infection.  Sun exposure should be restricted for 6 - 8 weeks after Hyfrecation to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.

Please click here to see the Cosmetic Treatment Price List.

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