Electro Cautery / Radio Frequency


Electrosurgery is used to describe different procedures using electric heat to remove a skin lesion and achieve hemostasis.

Types of electrosurgery

  • electrofulguration
  • electrodesiccation
  • electrocoagulation
  • electrosection

the technique of electrosurgery is selected based on the extent of tissue damage .

Indicated in

  • wars
  • skin tags
  • molluscum contagiosum
  • milia
  • dermatosis papulosa
  • moles
  • cyst
  • small hemangioma
  • actinic keratosis
  • vascular lesion

Electrosurgery is avoided in

  • keloidal tendency
  • infection
  • cardiac disorders(pacemaker)
  • epilepsy


Anesthetic cream is applied for 30 minutes for small skin lesions .for large lesion local anesthesia is preferred.

After cleansing the cream ,electric current is delivered on the skin lesion .

Post operative care

Crust is formed with in 24 hrs post treatment.crusts falls of with in 5 to 7 days.topical antibiotic cream is prescribed.

Adverse effects

  • infection
  • scarring
  • recurrence.