Pilomatrixoma is a benign tumor that is derived from hair follicles and typically found in the head, neck, or upper extremities.

Pilomatrixomas occur commonly in children.

They often can be recognized by a bluish appearance.

The skin overlying the pilomatrixoma may appear discolored in part because it is so close to the skin’s surface. Pilomatrixomas tend to grow over time, and the standard treatment is removal.

A pilomatrixoma will not go away on its own.

Surgical removal is needed to rid the body of the pilomatrixoma.

It is important to keep in mind that pilomatrixomas are considered tumors and also, they are benign in an overwhelmingly percentage of patients.

Pilomatrixoma surgery is an outpatient procedure.

Depending on your child’s age and location, the procedure may be done in the office under local anesthesia.

For pilomatrixomas on the face, it is often best to have them removed in the operating room.