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Electrodessication

Electrodessication is a quick and simple office-based technique where an electrical current is used to remove specific skin lesions on the surface of the skin by essentially drying out the skin cells causing their destruction.  It can be used to easily remove lesions such as sebaceous hyperplasia, cherry angiomas, seborrheic keratoses, skin tags, and brown spots among others.

GET THE FACTS

The treatment area is cleaned using chlorhexidine and either topical anesthesia is used 1hr prior to the treatment or local anesthesia is administered directly before the procedure if necessary.

A needle-shaped electrode is used to deliver a high frequency electric current to super heat a pinpoint area on the skin. The high voltage current dries out cells that are not wanted on the skin’s surface or cauterizes any vascular lesions.  The resulting crusted lesions are then gently wiped away. There may be some mild discomfort that feels like a small shock at the site.  Scarring or permanent discolouration can occur but are VERY uncommon with this procedure.  Patients should apply vaseline or polysporin to the sites afterwards until healed.

BENEFITS

•    Quick and easy way to superficially destroy benign lesions 

•    Minimal down time with instant results 

 

•    Works well for many benign lesions including:

  • Seborrheic keratoses (age spots)

  • Sebaceous hyperplasia (enlarged oil glands)

  • Syringomas (lesions around eyes)

  • Cherry angiomas (red spots)

  • Superficial vessels (telangiectasias)

  • Skin tags

  • Solar lentigos (sun spots)

  • Milia

 

DOWNTIME

Treated area afterward will be red and swollen for 24-48hrs and then a scab will form and may last 1-2 weeks 

RESULTS IN

Instant results as lesion is destroyed

TREATMENTS NEEDED

Maintenance as needed for new lesions.  Some larger lesions may require 2-3 treatments for optimal results