What are skin lesions?
Skin lesions are unsightly or protruding skin growths, although they are harmless and it is not necessary to remove them, they can make people feel self-conscious and sometimes rub and get caught on clothing. They are removed for cosmetic reasons. Lesions can only be removed if easily identifiable as benign lesions.
What product/method is used?
In most cases skin lesions can be treated effectively with short wave diathermy, this is also known as advanced electrolysis. At Mid Yorkshire Skin Clinic we also use a Plasma BT device. We will assess and discuss which method may be best to remove your lesion during a thorough consultation. There are various other methods of removal but sometimes with more noticeable side effects.
How does the treatment work?
Different methods are used depending on the type and size of lesion. Generally with diathermy electrical current is passed into the lesion; this destroys the lesion, cauterises and tightens the skin with minimal discomfort and very little effect to the surrounding tissues.
How popular is this treatment?
Treatment is usually quick and efficient and is becoming an increasingly popular choice for both men and women.
What areas can be treated?
- Skin tags
- Campbell de Morgan spots
- Seborrhoeic Keratoses
What happens during my consultation?
During your consultation a detailed medical history will be taken, helping the medical specialist to determine whether diathermy/plasma treatment is safe for you to receive and whether it will help you achieve the results that you are looking for. This will also reduce the risk of any unwanted side effects. During this consultation the potential risks and aftercare recommendations are discussed, helping you determine whether this treatment is really right for you. You may also require this face to face assessment to determine if one or more sessions will be required in order to achieve your desired results.
What happens during my treatment appointment?
Local anaesthetic topical cream is applied to the skin lesion and surrounding skin prior to treatment. The skin is cleaned with an appropriate solution.
Using a magnifying lamp we will push a fine needle like probe and electrical current into the lesion. Most people experience a sensation of heat/stinging sensation rather than a pain.
What’s the aftercare advice?
You will be given verbal and written advice. You will be advised not to touch the treated areas and keep the skin clean and dry for a couple of days. After this a non-perfumed moisturiser or emollient is recommended. Aftercare is minimal but it is crucial to protect the skin from UV exposure soon after treatment.
How long do the results last?
Who is not suitable for this treatment?
Very few people would be unsuitable for this treatment and this is usually determined during a detailed consultation.
Before and after skin lesion removal treatments
Treatment frequently asked questions (FAQs)
The results are permanent for those particular lesions; however, new lesions can naturally appear at any time.
Localised inflammation and redness is common but soon settles. Occasionally bleeding, scabbing, pain and discomfort. Any other potential side effects are very rare.