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Article
August 1935

TREATMENT OF PARAFFINOMA: REPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

PITTSBURGH

From the Pittsburgh Skin and Cancer Foundation.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1935;32(2):204-207. doi:10.1001/archderm.1935.01470020026003
Abstract

"Beauty experts" have claimed good results from giving injections of paraffin oil (liquid petrolatum) intradermally to remove blemishes, such as dimples and wrinkles. It is only when there is an untoward result that aid is sought from the dermatologist. Some surgeons claim to get excellent results from giving an injection of liquid paraffin, heated to 40 F., to change the contour of a disfigurement or to treat hernia. The method has been used in removing Bartholin's gland,1 by first injecting paraffin oil into the cavity to outline it and then excising the gland. There is less tendency for defects to develop when the paraffin is injected into fatty tissue or less vascularized areas. Nevertheless, the patient is never assured that a defect will not occur as a result of this procedure. The deformity may develop in from six months to five years. The technic of giving such injections requires

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