Does Electrodessication Hurt?
The treatment is very comfortable. In fact, most patients report that they don’t feel a thing because, here at Honolulu MedSpa, we pride ourselves on offering our patients virtually painless treatments!
Prior to treatment, we prefer to meet with you in person to assess the skin tags or growths of concern. Once we have determined that the skin tag or growth is benign and that the treatment is safe and medically appropriate for you, we schedule you for the treatment on a day and time that is convenient for you.
On the day of your scheduled treatment, we typically start by applying topical anesthetic cream or injecting a small amount of lidocaine just underneath the skin tags or growths of concern. Next, the skin tags or growths are removed with a small, very precise electrosurgical instrument which causes the targeted lesions to shrivel and temporarily darken into a small scab. Lastly, we apply a soothing ointment and send you home with instructions to be gentle with the treated lesions, avoid picking at them, and allow the lesions to fall off naturally over the course of a week or so.
How Long Does Electrodessication Take? When Will I See Results?
Electrodessication requires no downtime and is usually accomplished in just 15 to 30 minutes. An appointment could easily be completed over a lunch break. Your body will naturally heal after the procedure to show little sign of the removed skin tag.
Can You Remove My Moles Too?
We refer patients seeking mole removal to their dermatologists as these procedures often involve a biopsy. If you have any questions about moles, changes to an existing mole or pigmented area, or other lesions anywhere on your skin, the safest option is to consult your dermatologist immediately.