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Cautery

A Quick And Painless Procedure that aids in the Removal of Skin Blemishes

Everyone has blemishes on their skin in one form or another. The average person has around 30 moles on their face and body by the time they reach adulthood. Nearly half of the population has a skin tag or similar. While most of these marks are unnoticeable and easy to live with, if they are awkwardly placed they can be an annoyance as well as having a detrimental effect on your self-confidence.

Moles can be found anywhere on the body and are caused when melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin pigmentation, grow together in a cluster instead of spreading evenly throughout the body. Their number and appearance often changes as we age and their colour can also alter in response to hormonal variations. The vast majority are completely harmless, however where necessary, we perform a histological analysis of your mole to check for any abnormality that could lead to skin cancer.

Skin tags are often caused by friction, either skin rubbing against skin or against clothing, and for that reason they are usually found on the neck and eyelids, around the groin or under the breasts or armpits. They range in size from barely a millimetre up to several centimetres, and may be attached by a thin stalk or have grown so that the whole body is connected to the skin. Although they pose no risk to health and are not contagious, they can be unsightly or irritating if caught on clothing.

Cautery is an extremely precise technique that cuts the lesion away while cauterizing the incision. Patients must be aware this procedure does carry a risk of scarring.

The removal of any type of blemish is judged on an individual basis and one of our skin specialists will perform a careful analysis to advise you on the best method of treatment for your particular needs. Each treatment may vary from one person to another.

Frequently Asked Questions

As a doctor performs our laser cautery procedure, we are able to prescribe a local anaesthetic to numb the treatment area, meaning the process is completely pain-free.

Depending on the size, type and location of the lesion, the time it takes for your skin to return to its normal pigmentation could be up to two weeks.  Pigmentation can last far longer with cautery, with risk of permanent scarring.

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