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What is Electrocautery?
This is a very safe procedure that uses heat generated by electricity and passed through a metal probe to destroy specific unwanted tissue.
Scarring following this procedure depends on the depth of the lesion and expertise of the physician performing the procedure.
In what situations can you use Electrocautery?
Dermatosis papulosa Nigrans (Morgan freeman moles): This is one of the common indications for using electrocautery in our locality.
- Skin tags
- Molluscum contangiosum
- Many other benign growths
What are the side effects of this procedure?
There are no contra-indications to this procedure, and side effects are minimal. There is no bleeding during or after the procedure, and pain during the procedure is minimalized with the use of local anesthesia in the form of numbing creams or injections.
Experienced physicians will be verse and conversant with the use of different heat levels in different tissue hence minimalizing the possibility of damaging tissue adjacent to the treatment area.
We advise the use of skin depigmenting agents and sunscreen both before and after the treatment to reduce the chances of post treatment pigmentation.