‘Skin lesions’ is the generic name for a wide range of lumps or bumps that appear on the skin, through a variety of different causes. The vast majority of skin lesions are harmless, but they can cause significant cosmetic concern, and affect an individual’s confidence, or they can routinely catch on clothing (and hence be a source of regular irritation).
A selection of some of the different types of skin lesions which can be treated at BrightNewMe are shown below. We treat a wide variety of lesions using two processes, cryotherapy or thermo-coagulation.
The process of cryotherapy which is used, for example, to treat warts, skin tags and moles, involves the precise application of freezing nitrous oxide (-89C) to the lesion, such that the damaged cells are destroyed and eliminated. The equipment I use, a Cryopen, is very accurate so that lesions measuring just 1mm across can be targeted, with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues. You should be aware that following treatment there will be some downtime (for example there may be scabbing and occasionally a blister at the site of the lesion) in the short term. Cryotherapy is not suitable for dark/ pigmented skins, as there is a risk of loss of pigmentation, leaving a white area.
Thermo-coagulation is a procedure whereby a tiny amount of microwave energy is transmitted, through a needle the width of a strand of hair, directly into the lesion. The process is repeated to cover the entire lesion. The energy affects only the cells around the point of entry, leaving surrounding tissues unaffected. It is a technique pioneered for the treatment of thread veins, but has been shown to be extremely effective for treating some skin lesions, particularly those of a vascular nature such as red blood spots (Cherry Angiomas) and spider naevi. Small lesions such as sebaceous hyperplasia can also be treated with thermocoagulation. Short term scabbing is likely following treatment.