Radiofrequency or RF mole removal is a technique employed to eliminate moles and small skin growths. By utilising high-frequency radio-waves, an electrode tip is utilised to excise the mole or smoothly reduce the size of moles or skin lumps, resulting in as minimal scarring as possible.
How radiofrequency (RF) mole removal works
When applied to the skin, radio-waves refer to high-frequency wavelengths that generate minimal heat. In mole removal surgery, the ideal wavelength for optimal results is 4.0 Megahertz (MHz).
This specific wavelength allows for precise cutting of the skin while simultaneously sealing blood vessels to minimise bleeding. Importantly, the surrounding tissue remains unaffected by the procedure.
How RF mole removal is performed
First, you will have a consultation to discuss your concerns and develop a treatment plan. This will help you know what to expect for your personal treatment, since the treatment steps will be tailored to suit your needs.
During a typical treatment session, several steps are involved. At the beginning of your appointment, the area to be treated is cleansed thoroughly to ensure it is free from any dirt or bacteria. This step helps to minimise the risk of infection during the procedure.
Next, a local anaesthetic may be administered to numb the area around the mole. This ensures that the procedure is comfortable and minimises any potential discomfort or pain.
Once the area is numbed, a specialised RF device is used. The device emits high-frequency radio-waves through an electrode tip. The electrode tip is then carefully applied to the mole, delivering the radio-waves to the targeted area.
The radio-waves generated by the RF device create heat energy. This heat energy precisely cuts or ablates the mole, effectively removing it from the skin. Simultaneously, the heat energy seals the blood vessels, minimising bleeding during the procedure.
The RF device is moved in a controlled manner over the mole to ensure complete removal while minimising damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. The depth and duration of the treatment can vary depending on the size and characteristics of the mole being treated.
Once the mole has been removed, any bleeding is typically minimal and can be easily controlled by applying pressure or a topical agent. Stitches are generally not required, as the procedure is minimally invasive and does not leave a significant wound.
After the procedure, a dressing or bandage may be applied to protect the treated area and promote healing. You should be able to resume your daily routine as normal, keeping some important aftercare steps in mind.
Essential RF mole removal aftercare tips
After undergoing RF mole removal, it is crucial to follow proper aftercare instructions to ensure optimal healing and minimise potential complications.
Firstly, keeping the treated area clean is essential. Gently cleansing the area with mild soap and water, being careful not to scrub or rub the skin will help to prevent irritation. It may be recommended to apply antibiotic ointment to the treated area, and if so, we can recommend a suitable product. Applying a thin layer of the ointment and covering it with a sterile bandage can aid in protecting the area and promote healing.
You will want to avoid picking or scratching the treated area. Doing so can disrupt the healing process and increase the risk of scarring, so it’s best to let any scabs naturally fall off without interference.
Protecting the treated area from the sun is crucial. Direct sunlight and UV exposure can hinder the healing process and potentially cause hyperpigmentation. You should always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to the area and consider wearing protective clothing or a hat when going outside.
We usually recommend to avoid strenuous activities for the first few days following the procedure. Vigorous exercises or activities that cause excessive sweating or friction on the treated area can interfere with proper healing. Essentially, you need to give your body time to recover and avoid any undue stress on the treated skin.
Following the post-treatment instructions provided by your healthcare professional is vital for an effective RF mole removal. We can give you specific guidelines regarding any dressing changes required, and any additional precautions to take during the healing process. Following these instructions will promote effective healing and minimise potential complications.
Nitai Clinic in Melbourne
During the consultation, you will have the opportunity to address your concerns, ask questions, and get a comprehensive understanding of the RF mole removal procedure. We will offer transparent and individualised guidance, enabling you to make an informed decision regarding whether RF mole removal is suitable for you.
If you are interested in an RF mole removal treatment, reach out to us today to schedule your consultation.