Radio waves are a radiosurgical method of removing changes from the skin or the mucous tissue. Passing of high frequency waves through tissue minimally damages the surrounding structures of the skin (significantly less than the surgical scalpel), and it completely affects the wanted region.
How long does the radio wave intervention lasts?
The intervention is very short (often a few seconds), without or with minimal bleeding, doesn’t demand placing stitches and bandaging after the intervention.
Is the intervention with radiowaves painful?
An anesthetic in the form of a cream is used for the intervention, and if the change is removed in the middle or deeper layer of the skin a local anesthetic is applied. Thanks to the high frequency waves and minimal skin damage there is no pain after the intervention, no matter the depth of the change. For this reason, the patient doesn’t feel like there has been an intervention.
For which skin changes is radio wave technique suitable?
How long does the wound healing process last?
After the radio wave treatment a dry scab forms in the place of intervention. The healing process (scab falling off) lasts from 3 days to 2 weeks depending on the treated change.
How big is scaring after the intervention?
Scarring is minimal, and if the change is large and demands deep radio wave penetration, there can be a shallow scar at the place of intervention. An experienced dermatologist can usually assess this before the intervention and warn the patient. When the scab falls off, the skin is a bit lighter in that area for the following month. This is a normal healing process and in time the color will become equal with the surrounding skin.
Spec. Dr. Svetlana Djurisic, dermatologist
Dermatological clinic DERMATIM, Belgrade - Serbia