Sebaceous Gland Ablation
Performed by our registered nurse, sebaceous gland ablation (SGA) is a safe, chemical free way to destroy infected and over- productive sebaceous glands. A tiny probe is used to heat the SG, destroying the gland eliminating the breakout. There are thousands of SG in our skin, Multiple treatments are normally required. SGA is conducted on active acne lesions. SGA is a safe, scar free treatment that offers acne affected teenagers and adults a non-medication, permanent solution for their acne.
We are one of the very few clinics in NSW that have an experienced clinician to offer SGA treatments.
SGA is used to treat only those sebaceous glands affected by acne, we have thousands of sebaceous glands in our skin – approximately 1200 per square centimetre of skin. Only a very small number of these sebaceous glands are affected by acne and breakout, even in the most severe cases of acne.
These overactive sebaceous glands are treated with a gentle electrical current so that the sebaceous gland is destroyed. Once the sebaceous gland is “ablated” or destroyed, it can no longer break out. Only active acne can be treated as we use the inflamed breakout as a guide to finding the affected sebaceous glands.
SGA can be performed on any active acne lesion, from a lesion as small as a blackhead to lesions as large as cysts. Multiple treatments are generally required to ablate each sebaceous gland (between two and five treatments). Depending on the number of breakout affected sebaceous glands you have, it can take a number of treatments before you become permanently breakout free.