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Electrodesiccation / Electrocautery


Electrodesiccation is a technique commonly used for the removal of certain skin lesions. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the area, and a fine needle electrode is used to deliver an electric current to the targeted lesion. The electric current heats and dries out the lesion, causing it to disintegrate.

What is Electrodesiccation Good For?

Electrodesiccation is often used for the removal of small benign lesions such as skin tags, seborrheic keratoses, angiomas or small warts. The procedure is relatively quick and usually leaves behind a small scab that will heal over time with no scar. Proper aftercare, including keeping the area clean and protected, is essential for optimal healing. It’s important to consult with a dermatologist to determine if electrodesiccation is the appropriate treatment option for a specific skin lesion.

In Conclusion

If you have located a suspicious lesion on the skin, especially if it is unusual, new or recently changed, contact a dermatologist as soon as possible in order to diagnose the lesion and decide on further treatment.

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