*Disclaimer: Individual results may vary from patient to patient based upon the circumstances and the patient’s specific situation, as well as the time taken to see final results.

Electrocautery is used in dermatological procedures to stop bleeding (hemostasis) or to destroy abnormal skin growths like: Skin tags, Warts, Pyogenic granuloma.

 

Skin Tags

SKIN TAGS  are very common soft harmless lesions that appear to hang off the skin.

Skin tags develop in both men and women as they grow older. They are skin coloured or darker and range in size from 1mm to 5cm. They are most often found in the skin folds (necks, armpits, groin). They tend to be more numerous in obese persons and in those with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Skin tags can be removed for cosmetic reasons by the following methods:

  • Cryotherapy (freezing)
  • Surgical excision (often with scissors)
  • Electrosurgery (diathermy)
  • Ligation (a suture is tied around the neck of the skin tag)

Warts

WARTS  are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is contagious, so it is easy to get this virus. Many people get a wart when they have skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a wart. You also can get a wart by touching something that touched a person’s wart, such as a towel or the floor of a locker room.

The type of wart you get depends on the type of HPV that infects you and where it is located.

Cryotherapy is a common treatment for warts. Your dermatologist will freeze the wart with liquid nitrogen, causing the wart to blister and later fall off. To prevent freezing healthy skin, patients often need more than one treatment. Some people see a lighter spot form on skin treated with cryotherapy. This is more common in people who have darker skin.

Pyogenic Granuloma

Pyogenic granuloma is a relatively common skin growth that appears as a shiny red mass. It is sometimes called ‘granuloma telangiectaticum’, or lobular capillary angioma. The surface has a raspberry-like or raw minced meat color in appearance. Although they are benign (non-cancerous), pyogenic granulomas can cause problems of discomfort and profuse bleeding.

Pyogenic granulomas in other cases tend to persist. There are several methods used to remove them.

  • Curettage and cauterisation: the lesion is scraped off with a curette and the feeding blood vessel cauterised to reduce the chances of re-growth
  • Pulse dye Laser: we can use our laser to remove the lesion and burn the base, or to shrink small lesions
  • Cryotherapy may be suitable for small lesions
  • Chemical cauterisation using silver nitrate is convenient
  • Imiquimod has been reported to be effective and may be particularly useful in children