Electrocautery is the use of an electric needle for the treatment of many annoying little age spots. We can very effectively treat sebacceous hyperplasia, syringoma (small bumps around the eyelids), seborrheic keratoses, skin tags, telangiectasias (small blood vessels on the face and body).
Sebacceous Hyperplasia: Sebacceous hyperplasia is overgrowth of normal oil glands. It is not uncommon to get them starting in your 30's. They are more common in very oily skin types and can be treated very beautifully with electrocautery. The treated areas will look like small dusky spot for about nine days and then they usually disappear. Depending on how many sebacceous hyperplasia you have, you may need one or two treatments. You will continue to get new lesions as you age.
Telangiectasia: The small electrocautery needle is inserted in to the small blood vessels and they will instantly disappear. This is a very popular treatment. It is a little painful, but is very quick.
Syringoma: One of the only effective treatments for syringoma is electrocautery. A very small needle called an epilating needle is used to heat and damage the syringoma. It usually takes about 10-12 days for the skin to heal and look normal again. The treated area will look slightly more enlarged for this time and will then begin to resolve. It is not uncommon to need two or three treatments to get the syringoma as gone as you can get them.
Seborrheic keratosis, Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra and Skin Tags: We use electrocautery for these lesions when they are very, very small. For larger lesions, we use different treatment modalities.