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Facial lesions are challenging to diagnose for many reasons, including the unique histologyThis glossary term has not yet been described. that affects the typical patterns displayed by the same lesion on other areas of the body.

MalignantThis glossary term has not yet been described. non-melanocyticThis glossary term has not yet been described. neoplasms of the face

Basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas are two of the most common malignantThis glossary term has not yet been described. non-melanocytic facial neoplasms. The clinical manifestations of these lesions are the same as they are on other anatomical body sites.

Manifestations of Facial BCC

Clinically BCC may appear as flat pink macules or papules, pearly lesions, rodent ulcers, cystic papules, white scar-like macules, or pigmented papules.

Dermoscopically, the characteristics of non-pigmentedThis glossary term has not yet been described. BCC include pink white areas; serpentine branched vesselsarborizing vessels Bright red sharply in focus large or thick diameter vessels dividing into smaller vessels BCC; shiny white structures; and areas of erosions/ulcerations.

Pigmented BCC dermoscopically may display one or more of the following features: leaf-like structures; multiple non-aggregated blue-gray dots or blue globular structures; spoke-wheel-like structures or concentric structures; brown dots in-focus; absence of a pigmented network; serpentine branched vessels; areas of erosions/ulcerations; pink-white areas; and shiny white structures. .[1][2][3][4][5]

Manifestations of Facial SCC

Clinically SCC present as pink papules, plaques or nodules that are smooth, hyperkeratotic or ulcerating.

Dermoscopically, non-pigmented SCC may display one or more of the following structures: vesselsThis glossary term has not yet been described. appearing as red dotsThis glossary term has not yet been described., coiled, twisted looped, or surrounded by a halo; keratin linesstreaks; scale; blood spots; shiny white structures; and white circles with a central yellow plug.

Pigmented SCC dermoscopically display vessels appearing as red dots, coiled, or vessels in a linear arrangementThis glossary term has not yet been described.; brown or gray dots, circles or oval structures in a linear arrangement; structureless zones; and shiny white structures. [6]

Manifestations of Facial AK

Actinic keratoses, both pigmented and non-pigmented, considered by some to be insipient squamous cell carcinomas, are also common on the sun-exposed skin of the face.

Actinic keratoses clinically are characterized by rough, scaly 2-10mm pink to red macules and patches.

Dermoscopically non-pigmented actinic keratoses display a white to yellow surface scale; erythema with a pink to red pseudonetworkA structureless pigment area interrupted by non-pigmented adnexal openings surrounding the hair follicles; fine, linear wavy vessels surrounding the follicular openings; and follicles with yellowish keratotic plugs and/or surrounded by a white halo.

Pigmented actinic keratoses are collision tumors, a lentigo with an overlying actinic keratosisActinic keratosis (also called solar keratosis and senile keratosis; abbreviated as AK) is a pre-cancerous patch of thick, scaly, or crusty skin. These growths are more common in fair-skinned people and those who are frequently in the sun. They usually form when skin gets damaged by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or indoor tanning beds. AKs are considered potentially pre-cancerous; left untreated, they may turn into a type of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. Untreated lesions have up to a 20% risk of progression to squamous cell carcinoma, so treatment by a dermatologist is recommended.. They are characterized dermoscopically by an annular pattern (pseudonetwork); moth-eaten borders; gray dots/granules; white circles; rosettesFour bright white dots or clods arranged together as a square (or a four leaf clover); inner gray halo; evident follicles; and an associated red pseudo network; and a ‘dermoscopic’ scale. [7][8][9][10]

BenignThis glossary term has not yet been described. non-melanocytic neoplasms of the face

Sebaceous hyperplasiaThis glossary term has not yet been described.

is a common benignThis glossary term has not yet been described. condition of adults beginning at middle ageprocess of becoming older.

Manifestations of Facial Sebaceous Hyperplasia

The lesions present clinically as single or multiple, soft, yellow-white 2-4 mm papules.

Demoscopically sebaceous hyperplasiaThis glossary term has not yet been described. display yellow to yellow-white lobular structures; crown vesselsRadial serpentine or arborizing vessels at the periphery of the lesion that radiate towards the center but do not cross the midline od the lesion. sebaceous hyperplasia or linear winding serpentine vesselslinear irregular linear vessels with multiple bends flat BCC melanoma at the periphery of the lesion that radiate toward the center. Alternate names for the vessels include wreath or crown vessels.

Dermatoscopic and clinical criteria of pigmented non-melanocytic neoplasms: benign.

Solar lentiginesThis glossary term has not yet been described., seborrheic keratosesThis glossary term has not yet been described. and lichen-planus like keratoses

are common benign non-melanocytic pigmented lesions present on the face. Due to the fundamental histologic anatomy of the face, adnexal structures and epidermal thinning due to years of UV exposure, the neoplasms display patterns that may differ from the same lesion found on other anatomic sites.

Manifestations of Facial Solar Lentigines

Clinically the lesions appear as small, well circumscribed, pigmented macules. Histologic findings may include hyperplasia of the epidermis and increased pigmentation of the basal layer. A variable number of melanocytes are present and may be increased in number; however, they do not form nests. Pigmentation may be homogeneous or variegated, with colorColor (American English) or colour (Commonwealth English) is the characteristic of human visual perception described through color categories, with names such as red, yellow, purple, or blue. ranging from brown to black.

Dermoscopically two patterns, an annular and reticular patternA lesion with a reticular pattern has typical pigment network throughout the entire lesion. may be visualized. An annular pattern (pseudonetwork) is characterized by small circles (follicular openings) surrounded by light brown to dark brown pigmentation. Whereas a reticular pattern features fine lines, which may be curved, straight, and interrupted (fingerprinting). The borders are sharp and/or moth-eaten. [11]

Manifestations of Facial Seborrheic keratosesThis glossary term has not yet been described.

Seborrheic keratoses clinically appear as round or oval smooth, waxy or scaly flesh colored, tan, brown, or black papules 1-2.5 cm in size. As lesions evolve they have a “stuck-on” appearance.

Dermoscopically early seborrheic keratoses (flat lesions) share the characteristics of solar lentiginesThis glossary term has not yet been described. with the addition of fine interrupted lines that have become thicker; bulbous projections and ridgeThis glossary term has not yet been described. formation (gyri); a few milia cysts (shiny white circles); and comedo-like openings[[Comedo like openings]] (cryptsKeratin filled invaginations that are larger than comedo- like openings Moth eaten border Border with concave or sharp punched-out invaginations). A more evolved lesion (elevated lesion) will have the same dermoscopic features as a typical seborrheic keratosisThis glossary term has not yet been described. found on other anatomic sites: sharply demarcated borders, milia-like cystsThis glossary term has not yet been described., comedo-like openings, ridges, fissures, and hairpin vessels surrounded by a halo.

Manifestations of Lichen planusThis glossary term has not yet been described.-like keratoses

Lichen planus-like keratoses that appear on the face, clinically and dermoscopically display the same characteristics as LPLKs on other anatomic sites. As the lesions may mimic malignancies such as squamous cell carcinomaThis glossary term has not yet been described., basal cell carcinomais the most common skin cancer, and one of the most common cancers in the United States.[1] While BCC has a very low metastatic risk, this tumor can cause significant disfigurement by invading surrounding tissues, and melanomaThis glossary term has not yet been described. warrants the term ‘great masquerader.’ A separate chapter has been devoted to this neoplasm.[12][13][14]

Manifestations of MelanocyticThis glossary term has not yet been described. neviThis glossary term has not yet been described.

Common melanocytic nevi often measure less than 6 mm to 10 mm, with smooth and regular borders. Relative to size and elevation, common acquired nevi can present as pigmented pale flesh-tone, tan to light brown, brown to brownish-black macules, papules and nodules. Congenital neviThis glossary term has not yet been described. are present at birth and result from a proliferation of benign melanocytes in the dermis, epidermis, or both. Occasionally, nevi that are not present at birth but are histologically identical to congenital neviThis glossary term has not yet been described. may develop during the first 2 years of life. They are referred to as congenital nevus tardive. Blue nevi appear as flat to slightly elevated, smooth surfaced macules or papules that are gray-blue to bluish black in color. Lesions are usually solitary.

NeviThis glossary term has not yet been described. that are flat are characterized dermoscopically with an annular pattern. The circles (follicular openings) tend to have the same size and shape, with uniform pigmentation and display a relatively symmetric pattern. However, the most common nevi on the face are intradermal nevi. Dermoscopically these neoplasms display the same characteristics as on other anatomic sites, a globular homogeneous patternA pattern lacking any definable pigment structures, structureless pattern. One exception are intradermal nevi that are pale, flesh-tone papules with serpentine vessels. These lesions may mimic basal cell carcinomas. The blue nevusThis glossary term has not yet been described. dermoscopically presents as a homogeneous blue, blue-white, dark purple macule or papule. [15]

Malignant pigmented melanocytic neoplasms of the face

“One of the most important roles for dermoscopy of facial lesions remains the early diagnosisThis glossary term has not yet been described. of melanoma on sun-damaged skinThis glossary term has not yet been described.” The diagnosis of melanoma on sun-damaged skin is challenging, since there are many neoplasms that may mimic this cancer, including lichen planusThis glossary term has not yet been described.-like keratosis (LPLK), pigmented basal cell carcinomaThis glossary term has not yet been described. (BCC), and pigmented actinic keratosis (PAK). Special attention should be given to isolated pigmented lesions (to one facial quadrant) acquired during adulthood. In addition, knowing the dermoscopic features of facial neoplasms, including melanoma-specific facial features, can aid in the differentiation between melanoma simulators and melanoma. The features of melanoma will be discussed in a separate chapter.

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