Radiosurgery for Moles and Warts
Warts can be both upsetting to look at and cause social and psychological unease for those whose face is blighted by such growths. With increases in the occurrence of skin cancers we are well advised to seek professional, medical advice about any growths which appear over night or change dramatically in appearance. Thankfully though, most growths are benign and harmless, and removal is often quick and simple with reassuring cosmetic results.
A type of radiosurgery known as radiofrequency or radio wave surgery is based on cutting tissue with high frequency alternating current. This surgical procedure is very different form traditional electro-surgery and other types of electrocauterization because it can simultaneously cut and coagulate tissue without using any kind of physical pressure. It gives excellent surgical control, precision and versatility.
The basis of radiofrequency is the use of high frequency radio waves of 4,0 MHz to create low temperature through radiofrequency microfiber electrodes. The difference between this method and electrosurgery, is that the tissue serves as resistance instead of electrodes. That means there is no heating of microfiber electrodes thanks to the low temperature created by the radio wave energy. Instead, the tissue intracellular water provides resistance and vanishes without the need for heating and damaging, as in electrosurgery. Such treatment in tissue results in haemostasis (arrest of bleeding) without additionally damaging the tissue. In addition, there is no hazard or shock caused by burns.
Removing moles and other benign changes
For benign changes we often use a surgical method which commonly leaves a barely visible longitudinal scar. Withradiofrequency, only the growth/mole on the skin is removed, after local anaesthesia, which is injected with a very thin needle under the growth itself. Immediately after the treatment, a wound is formed at the n location of the growth. This wound does not bleed and it is of the same size as the removed growth. Subsequently a scab is formed, and after 7-10 days, a fresh layer of skin forms which in time acquires the same color as the surrounding skin.
After removing the mole with this method, it can be sent for PHD (pathohistological) analysis to determine whether the change is benign. If not, further treatment is necessary.
After procedure care
Once the treatment is finished, avoid exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Take proper care of the treated area until the colour of that area is the same as of the rest of the skin. If possible, avoid applying heavy cosmetics on the skin because that can cause a prickling sensation. After-treatment care is relatively simple. Clients are recommended a cream for everyday application to the treated area, while an adhesive bandage is normally worn during the first day, and only during night for several days after the first dayRadiofrequency Removal of Plantar Warts.
Radiofrequency or radiowave surgery can be used for minor surgical procedures such as removing thread warts, or growths.It involves the passage of radio waves into the skin to perform the removal or reshaping of a lesion. Different types of electrodes are used depending on the type of lesion, e.g. fine needle, wire loop, scalpel blade etc.
Expect minor swelling, redness, bruising and tenderness in the area for a few days as it heals. There should not however be any bleeding due to the tissue coagulation during treatment.
Lesions which can be removed by Radiosurgery
Warts are infectious growths caused by the Papilloma virus. They are painless and commonly seen as flat, raised or cauliflower like protruding mass of skin. Their size may vary from a barely visible speck in the early stages, to several centimetres in advanced stages. Commonly affected areas are hands, feet and face but any part of the body may be involved due to transfer of infection.
Corns are most commonly seen on the feet as hard, skin coloured lumps of dead skin. Large corns press on nerves and may become extremely painful.
Tags are brown, black or skin coloured growths usually seen on the neck and underarms. The tendency to develop tags commonly runs in families and has a hereditary pattern. Tags often get caught in neck ornaments or clothing causing severe pain and infection.
Moles and Wart Removal
Moles or Melanocytic nevi are small often slightly raised blemishes on the skin which are quite dark due to high concentration of melanin in them. Sometimes regarded as "beauty marks" especially when found in women's cheeks, however, these are not always beautiful. Moles are graded as epidermal, junctional/mixed and intradermal nevi, depending upon their level of origin and depth.
Warts are small, round or oval, usually painless growths on the skin caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). These are usually seen on hands, feet, face, forehead and genital areas. They are generally harmless, however can be disfiguring and embarrassing, and occasionally they itch or hurt (particularly on the feet).
Moles are treated in a single sitting with the use of radiofrequency, laser or shave excision methods depending upon their level of origin. And, warts are burnt and treated by the technique of radiofrequency ablation. Warts have tendency to recur and may require repeat sessions..
Advantages of radiofrequency are:
Low risk of scarring
Minimal damage of the surrounding skin
Minimal pain after the application of local anaesthesia
Areas which can be treated
FAQ on mole removal
What's in a Mole and Wart Removal treatment?
Moles can be removed with radiofrequency, laser or by shave excision depending upon their level of origin. Shave excision is done for epidermal and mixed nevi; while elliptical excision and resuturing is done for intradermal nevi. Warts are usually burnt to their base by radiofrequency ablation.
Is it painful and will it leave a scar?
It is done under local anaesthesia and if superficial will not leave a scar. Deeper lesion may leave a thin surgical line.
How long will it take?
The procedure time usually takes around half an hour.
Are the results permanent?
Yes, once treated adequately, the results are permanent for moles, while warts may recur and may require two or more treatment sessions.
How many treatment sessions will I need? For moles only one session is required, whereas warts may require two or more sittings.