What is Tuberous Sclerosis?
Tuberous Sclerosis is a genetic disease that can impact the skin and cause a rash of reddish spots or bumps on the nose and cheeks, which appear in a butterfly pattern. Also known as facial angiofibromas, this rash consists of blood vessels and tissue that can begin to show during childhood, and can often be socially embarrassing for patients.
Two other types of tuberous sclerosis can affect the skin. The first is forehead plaques, which are raised discolorations appearing on the forehead. The second is hypomelanic macules or ash leaf spots, which are white or lighter patches of skin that are caused by a lack of melatonin and can appear on any part of the body.
Treatment of Tuberous Sclerosis
Treatment of tuberous sclerosis at the Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center typically consists of either microdermabrasion or laser treatment. The goal for each treatment method is to lessen the appearance of tuberous sclerosis. Dr. Paul Friedman and Dr. Jennifer Peterson will achieve an improved aesthetic appearance by evening out a patient’s skin tone and pigmentation, while reducing the redness of the rash or remove the bumps altogether. As tuberous sclerosis presents differently with each patient, our dermatologists will create an individualized treatment plan to properly address their aesthetic goals.