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To learn more, read the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery description of this surgery below.
Desiccation for Skin Growths
Dessication, also known as electrodesiccation or electrosurgery, is a form of burning. The doctor uses an electric probe to destroy the skin growth through heat.
What you Should Know
First the treatment area is cleansed and anesthetized. Then the doctor uses a machine that transmits a high-frequency electrical current to a micro-needle. The procedure is performed under strict sanitary conditions. During the procedure, the micro-needle remains above the skin and does not penetrate its surface. There is no blood associated with the treatment. Current is directed into skin growths for one to two seconds, cauterizing them. The treatment area is left open to scab over. After the scab falls off, the treatment area is replaced with healthy skin.
Why Choose Desiccation for Skin Growths?
Dessication is a highly effective procedure that usually can be completed in one session. It’s relatively inexpensive compared to some other procedures. Since there is minimal risk of scarring, it is a good option for facial growths.
What to Expect After the Procedure
Recovery time typically is minimal. The treatment area is usually left open to facillitate healing.
How to Prepare Before the Procedure
Before the procedure, an ASDS doctor will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Patients also should:
- Discuss any susceptibility to cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth since the procedure can trigger breakouts in at-risk individuals.
- Avoid medications or supplements that can affect blood clotting – such as aspirin, ibuprofen or vitamin E – for 10 days before surgery.
As with any treatment, there is risk associated it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS doctor. These include: