Smooth and flawless skin is an ideal for many people. Achieving this goal may not be possible with professional skincare alone when persistent skin lesions are present. Skin tags, moles, seborrheic keratoses and solar keratoses may require treatment with gold standard lesion removal methods such as radio frequency ablation, cryotherapy or electrocautery.
During a professional consultation your medical history will be reviewed to determine if electrocautery or cryotherapy is a suitable treatment option for you. The Cutis team will ensure you are fully prepared for the procedure. Your safety and comfort are our highest priority. The lesion removal procedure may be temporarily uncomfortable and therefore, a suitable anesthetic will be employed to maximize your experience.
For electrocautery, post-treatment care and the healing process will vary depending on the depth of the lesion. Superficial spots may take 7-14 days to fully heal and require a protective bandage or dressing. Deeper spots may take 6-8 weeks to heal and may require a suture and pressure dressing for the first 2 days. For cryotherapy, some redness, swelling and blister formation can be expected. A dressing may be applied if needed to the treated area and the skin can be gently washed daily while the wound heals. A scab will form after 5-10 days and flake off on its own. Full recovery can take 2 weeks for treatments done on the face and longer for the legs. Daily sun protection is recommended to ensure optimal recovery post treatment.
How It Works
Electrocautery involves a device which is charged with a direct or alternating current. This current is passed through a metal wire, generating heat at its endpoint, an electrode. The heated electrode is then used to remove the benign skin lesion. Cryotherapy or cryosurgery involves the freezing off of irregular skin lesions with liquid nitrogen. Treatments target unwanted skin tissue at a cellular level and promote the body to shed or slough away the lesion.
- Number of Treatments 1 or more
- Treatment Time varies
- Average Treatment Frequency varies
- Average Recovery Time 1-2 weeks
DISCLAIMER: Individual outcomes, results and number of treatments recommended may vary based on individual patient needs, medical history, and circumstances. Cutis Cosmetic & Laser Centre cannot guarantee exact or permanent results or cures.