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WHAT IS THIS PROCEDURE? Electro-desiccation.

It's usually used for the treatment of broken veins on the face and legs and sometimes for treating warts. This involves killing the cells of the skin with an electrical current by a spark, which solidifies the cells, or by heat, which coagulates them or with a laser. In all cases, the skin cells shrivel. A valuable technique in the dermatologist's clinic, it can treat small skin tags, several of which can be removed in one treatment session without any anaesthesia, using a fine metal electric desiccator needle. The surrounding skin may become inflamed by the burning and crusts may form, which fall off in about two weeks. Scarring is rare if the operator is skilled. In a beauty clinic, electrocoagulation or diathermy is also used to remove unwanted facial hair.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 25, 2015
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