Electrodesiccation in Bedford, TX
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What Is Electrodesiccation and Curettage?
Electrodesiccation and curettage (ED&C) is an outpatient, nonsurgical procedure at Essential Dermatology Group in Bedford, TX that eradicates benign, precancerous, or even cancerous skin lesions. This simple procedure removes small growths by scraping the skin down to the unaffected layer and then using an electric current to cauterize the area. The process gets rid of cancerous lesions on the skin, as well as noncancerous growths. ED&C remains a proven and effective alternative to surgery and is implemented in patients where the lesion affects the top layers of the skin. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Calvin Williams is committed to ensuring your procedure leaves minimal scarring.
How Does Electrodesiccation Work?
Before starting the treatment, Dr. Williams will apply numbing cream to your skin to help you stay comfortable. Employing a curette, he will scrape away the affected area until he reaches normal skin. Electrodesiccation will then be performed by using a small instrument to deliver bursts of electrical current to the treatment site in order to help cauterize the skin and reduce bleeding. The wound will then be left to heal on its own, typically taking several weeks. You will receive aftercare instructions from Dr. Williams. Afterward, you should only experience mild discomfort and minimal scarring.
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Put An End to Skin Cancer
If you have a skin growth or lesion, it's important to have it examined by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Calvin Williams so that a proper diagnosis can be provided. For benign, precancerous, or cancerous growths, electrodesiccation and curettage may be a great choice for removal. Take the first step in addressing your skin lesion by scheduling a consultation at Essential Dermatology Group in Bedford, TX.
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Is electrodesiccation painful?
The team at Essential Dermatology Group will apply a topical anesthetic before an electrodesiccation and curettage procedure. Therefore, this therapy should not induce pain when performed. Following the ED&C, there may be some tenderness around the treatment sites during healing. Dr. Calvin Williams will give you full aftercare information to reduce post-treatment discomfort.
Is there a chance I may need a stronger lesion or skin cancer removal approach in the future?
At Essential Dermatology Group, electrodesiccation and curettage is normally only utilized on benign growths, areas of skin cancer that are unlikely to spread, and pre-cancerous cells. Regardless, electrodesiccation and curettage cannot prevent skin cancer from developing in another spot. The success rate for electrodesiccation is over 95%, so you can rest assured that recurrences at the treated regions are not common.
How long will it take to heal from curettage and electrodesiccation?
The recovery period after electrodesiccation and curettage relies on several factors, such as the location the growth or cells were taken from and the size of the treatment area. It will also depend on how closely you adhere to the follow-up guidelines provided by Dr. Calvin Williams. Generally, healing may take as little as 2 – 3 weeks or could take 2 – 3 months.