Electrosurgery is used in dermatological procedures to stop bleeding (haemostasis) or to destroy abnormal skin growths.
The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. Skin lesions that are commonly excised with electrosurgery are:
- Non-cancerous moles (Electrosurgery is not used for excision of suspected or confirmed melanomas)
- Common skin tags
- Squamous cell carcinoma that is in situ
- It is an ideal method for removal of hemangiomas and pyogenic granulomas due to their vascular nature and tendency to bleed.
- Other miscellaneous lesions
- Seborrheic keratoses