|Skin surgery without cutting|
Radiosurgery - bloodless, stitchless lesion removal Radiosurgery utilises radiowaves in the same way as laser uses light waves. The energy of the radiofrequency is focussed through a probe to act on the tissue. This can be used to either cut or coagulate tissue, and has applications in the removal of epidermal and intradermal lesions and vascular abnormalities, for epilation, and vaporisation of subcutaneous deposits of fat or sebaceous material. In the case of removal of skin lesions, because the entire thickness of the skin is not removed, there are significant cosmetic advantages over surgery. The radiosurgical device seals as it cuts the tissue, minimising bleeding, and leaving a smooth surface not unlike that of a ruptured blister, which heals over usually without scarring. No stitching is required, and the procedure is quick and simple, taking longer to explain than to do!
What can be treated with Radiosurgery? As well as moles, warts, skin tags and other lumps and bumps, vascular lesions can be safely and effectively obliterated through radiosurgery, with minimal discomfort and no risk of damage to distant tissues. Many other skin problems can be attended to using radiosurgery, including sebaceous and other cysts, blackheads, freckles and birthmarks in some cases. In general, radiosurgery is a safe, reliable, and long established tool that allows the doctor to perform bloodless removal of any lesions without the use of a scalpel or stitching.
Side Effects The risks with radiosurgery are minimal, with only a remote chance of scarring, and just the usual spot of ooze as per most things that damage the surface of the skin, albeit very discreetly. Occasionally the treated area can take longer to return to normal colour than expected, and if there is a history of poor scarring or keloid scarring then consideration needs to be given to this risk. Generally the treated areas heal remarkably well with minimal trouble.
Aftercare Aftercare is simple ， since only a thin layer of skin is generally affected, and sometimes the evidence of the intervention is merely a needle prick. The same care that one would afford a superficial graze or blister is all that is required to allow radio surgical sites to heal satisfactorily.