How long does the treatment take?
Depending on the size & number of skin growths, minor conditions can be treated in one 15-minute session.
How many sessions will I need?
Large growths may need two sessions a few weeks apart to create a smooth surface.
Is the procedure safe?
Yes. Typically, benign skin growths are very superficial.
Does it hurt?
With topical anesthetic application & a specialized cooling system, most clients find these treatments quite comfortable.
What other methods can be used to treat skin growths?
Many physicians use a hyfrecation or liquid nitrogen devices. A hyfrecator applies a direct current to the surface of the skin. With this method you can smell burning flesh & it tends to be very painful. Often scars are left where the imperfection was. With the liquid nitrogen method the growths are frozen which actually burns them. This method can cause a fair bit of trauma and is not very effective on more protruding skin growths. Incision with stitches are often used on larger growths with resulting scarring. Laser technology tends to be over the top both in results & cost.
Is there any special post care I need to do?
Typically, within 3-4 days treated skin tags will fall off & other areas of treatment will begin to form a scab. You should NOT disturb the treated areas by picking or over moisturizing. Removal of facial growths will generally normalize within 10 - 14 days. The neck area may take 21 days. The decolletage may take 30 days, while body areas may take 12 to 24 months to fully balance out in colour. You will also need to avoid steam rooms, saunas, tanning beds & vigorous rubbing of the treated areas for seven to ten days after treatment.
How is the treatment performed?
The surface of the skin is cleaned & prepped. A fine tipped sterile probe is placed on the surface of the growth. Low level RF & DC current is passed through the probe to the area. The growths literally begin to disintegrate while simultaneously being cauterized, so typically no bleeding occurs.