Dermatosurgery - Electrosurgery

Radio wave procedures are the modern way to remove all kinds of skin lesions (warts, papilloma, soft fibromas, keratosis, xanthelasma, etc.) in a fast and reliable manner. The advantage of using radio waves is that any lesion can be removed completely with a single procedure and unlike traditional methods, leaves no possibility of recidivism or scarring.

Which changes are typically treated using radio waves?


Warts (Verrucae vulgaris, Verrucae planae) - represent skin growth rougher than the surrounding skin which has an uneven surface and usually the color identical to the surrounding skin. Warts are caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). They can be dark and located at skin level or even smooth, depending on their type and location on the patient’s body.

Papilloma (Papilloma cutis) – also known as “hanging warts“, can typically be seen on the neck, in the armpit region, upper torso, and eyelids. They can be mushroom or cone-shaped, between 1 and 3 mm wide, and range from skin tone to dark brown. They are not usually followed by discomfort, except in the case of chronic irritation or injury that leads to their inflammation, sudden growth or pain. Predisposing factors for the development of papilloma include obesity, hormonal disbalance, and chronic irritation. Since they are caused by a virus, there is a possibility they will spread across the body on their own (autoinoculation), as well as that the virus will be transmitted to persons that the patient comes into close contact with.

Actinic keratoses (Keratosis actinica) – surface lesions that can typically be seen in sun-exposed regions: the face, the chest, hands, ears or the scalp in bald men. They are considered pre-cancerous lesions which have the potential to develop into a spinocellular carcinoma, which requires them to be treated. They are typically one or several small reds or brownish spots (maculae) on the skin, often flaky on the surface.

Seborrheic keratosis (Keratosis seborrhoeic) – benign lesions on the skin, most common in the middle-aged and the elderly. These round and oval maculae are clearly defined yellowish or brown velvety lesions. They gradually turn into elevated papilloma-like lesions up to 2-3 centimeters in diameter. These lesions usually occur in multitudes, seldom individually. They are often symmetrical and can be seen in the seborrheic regions of the face, chest or back, as well as on the skin of the abdomen or large creases.

Xanthelasma (Xanthelasma Palpebrarum) – yellowish deposits resembling plates around the eyes. It was previously thought that xanthelasma is caused by elevated levels of cholesterol in the blood and lipid metabolism disorder. However, evidence suggests that there is no such direct correlation and causal relationship and that is a genetic predisposition that plays the key role. These deposits can be removed by a single procedure that takes 10 to 20 seconds which is absolutely painless, does not cause bleeding and does not leave scars.

Sebaceous hyperplasia (Hyperplasio saebacealis) – a benign and relatively common disease of the sebaceous glands that are most common in adults. These are whitish lesions above the skin level which can typically be found on the nose, cheeks or forehead or, less commonly, elsewhere on the body.

What is the procedure of lesion removal like?

The procedure is performed after the previously applied local anesthetic takes effect. It is brief and lasts only several minutes, depending on the size and number of lesions on the skin. After removal, short-term redness appears in the sites where lesions were. In the following 24 hours, a dry crust at the surface layer of the skin will appear and fall off in a few days. After the procedure, the client will receive instructions on appropriate home care and prevention.