What is Cauterization?
Cauterization is a simple surgical procedure using the electro-cautery machine indicated for various skin disorders such as mole, wart, or skin tag. The treatment is quick and can be painless. Please consult our Puriva Doctor to have more information on this treatment.
How do we do the Cauterization?
After a thorough consultation with Puriva Doctor, then we are ready to do the treatment, with the following steps:
- The Nurse will clean the area of the treatment from make-up, sunblock, and dust.
- The Nurse will clean the area with an antiseptic (please let us know if you have an allergy to antiseptic or alcohol).
- The Nurse will apply local anesthetic cream if needed, and depending on the condition, anesthesia can also be given in an injection form.
- The Doctor will start to do the cutting and cauterizing the mole/wart. The advantage of using this procedure is that the wound will stop bleeding right away.
- The Nurse will apply post-procedure antibiotic cream
- That’s it and we are done!
What shall you expect after Cauterization treatment?
As the Doctor is using electric energy to heat the tissue / to cut, it will stop the blood right away and prevent bleeding. After the procedure, you shall expect scabbed wounds that will usually dry up in 5-7 days. It will make a crust and you will need to let it fall off by itself to prevent a permanent scar.
What to do or not to do after Cauterization treatment?
After this treatment, we will ask that you:
- Avoid too much sun for at least 72 hours post-procedure, always protect with sunblock at least SPF 30 and reapply if needed for 3-4 weeks after.
- Do not use any scrub or peeling agent on your skin for the next 2 weeks, and let the scab peel off by itself (usually in 5-7 days).
- Use a moisturizer or post-peel aloe if the skin is dry.
- That’s all.
When can you see the result? Should you repeat the treatment?
The result of this treatment shall show in 2-3 weeks after all the scabs fall off and the skin color is back to normal. Hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation can happen on a very rare occasion. Repeat treatment is sometimes needed if the mole is deeply rooted.
We need to wait at least 4-6 weeks before repeating the procedure in the same area.