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?
We use the Plasma BT device to remove skin lesions. This is a low-electricity medical device which uses atmospheric pressure to generate plasma.
Some red lesions such as ‘Campbell de Morgan Spots’ are treated with diathermy (advanced electrolysis method). Where a small needle like probe is inserted and an electrical current passed through to destroy the damaged vessel.
How does the treatment work?
Plasma energy heats and sublimates the tissues down to skin level leaving a small brown crusting/scab on the skin. This takes around one week to heal and lift off the skin revealing baby pink skin. With time and healing the area is usually not visible.
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 or in some cases a local anesthetic injection may be required. The skin is cleaned with an appropriate solution.
The skin lesion is sublimated using the plasma BT device. There should be no pain as the skin should be numb prior to treatment. No dressings are required as the crust left on the skin acts as a protective dressing until this lifts off after around one week.
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.
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.