Several benign skin conditions can be dealt with quickly and easily, even though they may present with unsightly lesions on the skin. Most of these lesions are removed through relatively painless cosmetic procedures in the clinic itself and are known to deliver excellent results. Electrocautery is one of the most effective treatments for skin conditions, even though it is used in many other medical procedures to reduce blood loss, including eye operations or other surgeries.
Benign lesions that benefit greatly from electrocautery treatments include:
- Seborrheic keratosis
- Skin tags
- Angiomas (red spots)
- Liver spots and other non-cancerous (benign) skin lesions
Here are 5 essential Facts to help you evaluate Electrocautery as a treatment option for your skin conditions.
Let’s start with the basics! What is Electrocautery?
Electrocautery uses heat from a mild electric current to destroy abnormal skin tissue. The current is delivered through a pen-like instrument with a heated tip so that it localizes its effect to a very specific, targeted area on the skin.
The procedure is relatively safe and fuss-free. No major preparations are necessary, although you should inform your practitioner if you are on medications like aspirin or warfarin that could increase the chance of bleeding. Before starting the treatment, your practitioner will apply a local anaesthetic to the affected area to make the process as comfortable as possible. The length of each sitting, the frequency and the number of procedures depend on the size and severity of your skin lesions.
A Cut Above! Why is Electrocautery a preferred treatment?
Considering there’s electricity and heat involved, you may be wondering – Is Electrocautery safe? Because of the small and precise tip, the instrument can achieve tissue destruction in a very narrow and targeted location and causes little or no blood loss. It is also preferred in people who have pacemakers or defibrillators because there is no current flowing through the patient that could potentially affect the functioning of these medical devices.
Repair and rejuvenate! What does wound care look like?
Immediately after the procedure, you may feel mild discomfort which will reduce in 15-20 minutes. The area around the treated skin may appear slightly red and tender to your touch. A protective dressing will be applied to keep the wound dry and stop you from scratching it or preventing your clothes from rubbing against it. The dressing should be left on for at least a day.
Within a few hours, a light crust spot forms above the lesion, which will fall off over time as the skin continues to heal and new skin forms over the wound, in a process that usually takes up to 2 weeks. It is important not to disturb or burst this crust during this time.
After the first 1-2 days, you can wash around the wound with fresh, clean water, gently patting the area dry. Usually, a thin layer of medical grade silicone gel is applied, which acts as a sealant to lock in moisture and protect the wound so that the skin will heal quickly.
After the wound heals and the skin remodels, the new skin may appear pink or red for a few more weeks, which is expected. A prescriptive moisturiser and sunscreen may be applied as needed to the area. The redness will reduce naturally over the next few weeks. The process may leave behind a mild scar which will slowly fade over time.
* Look out for increased tenderness or any thick and yellow discharge coming out of the wound. If this does happen, you should come in for an evaluation.
The Best Tools to Succeed! Using Medical Grade Silicon for Wound Repair
In the skincare industry, topical silicone therapy is usually the most preferred treatment for wound healing. It is known to be much kinder to the skin, with better adhesive and release properties. Silicone is tacky enough to adhere gently to the skin to prevent wounds from drying out but can also be removed easily without stripping the skin or pulling out surrounding hair, which causes pain and irritation.
Silicone provides an optimum environment for healing as it hydrates the wound bed and moderates the activity of skin cells, thereby reducing the formation of thick and raised scars. Various clinical studies have shown the benefits of silicon-based dressing materials in promoting faster wound healing and decreasing the discolouration of the treated skin area. In addition, the texture of the scar tissue and any pain, discomfort, redness, or itching improve dramatically by using medical grade silicone material.
Eating Your Way to Better Healing and Healthier Skin! Nutrition gives wound healing a boost.
There are several nutrients found in a variety of foods that helps in wound healing. These include:
Amino acids and proteins
Amino acids are building blocks for proteins and collagen while also providing antioxidants that help build immunity and protect open wounds from infections. Good dietary sources include meat, eggs, tofu, soy, buckwheat, quinoa, and dairy.
Bone broth is often used to boost immunity and hasten wound healing and is made by simmering animal bones and connective tissue to make a flavourful and rich soup. Animal bones are rich in vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous. Brewing the tissues and cartilage along with the bone helps to infuse the broth with these nutrients and collagen, which provides the body with amino acids like glycine and proline, which are also strong anti-inflammatory substances.
Medical studies have shown that collagen helps repair the skin, making it firm, smooth and elastic, by increasing hydration and decreasing the loss of water through the outermost layer of the skin, which is why it is often an active ingredient in anti-ageing formulations.
Zinc is essential for DNA replication and, therefore, the generation of new skin cells and collagen production. Studies have shown that using zinc in cream formulations for surgical wounds significantly improves the healing process.
Iron transports oxygen to the tissues and is needed for collagen production and the body’s defence system against infections. A deficiency of iron does lead decreased wound strength and delayed healing.
Magnesium helps to activate certain enzymes that are important for the repair of injured tissues. Good sources of magnesium include whole grains, spinach, quinoa, almonds, black beans, and avocado.
Vitamin C and Vitamin E are antioxidants that play a role in collagen and scar formation. Therefore, the deficiency of these vitamins can hinder wound healing.
Electrocautery is a quick and simple solution for various skin conditions and can help cure disease and promote good skin health. Get in touch with our experienced professionals at Integrity Skin Clinic for a consultation to find out if Electrocautery is right for you!