What is Radiosurgery?

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If you are looking into having a mole removed, you may well be looking into how it’s actually done. 

Most moles are removed using some kind of surgical technique, but one term you might come across is radiosurgery.

Radiosurgery is a non-invasive medical treatment which is more commonly considered with regard to treatment of major cancers and neurosurgical abnormalities. It involves delivery of high intensity radiation all at once to the treatment area.

Radiosurgery sounds a bit like radiotherapy, but it is a very different procedure. Radiotherapy also uses less radiation energy, but tends to be a lower level of intensity. So it may be administered for a longer time and/or over a course of treatment.

When it comes to skin lesions, radiosurgery is a different process again. This procedure doesn’t use radiation at all, but radio waves to treat moles and other skin concerns.

Radiosurgery mole removal

Mole radiosurgery can be be used for treating skin lesions and blemishes and is described as a non-invasive treatment because there is no need for use of any kind of blade or scalpel. It works on a smaller scale to the other medical treatments described above. Radiosurgery involves delivery of ultra high frequency (UHF) radio waves to the skin through specially shaped electrodes. They may be small wire loops, needles or in the shape of a scalpel blade. The radio waves heat up the water in the cells of the mole, vaporizing those cells while having little or no effect on the healthy skin underneath.

This allows the doctor to perform removal or reshaping of a lesion such as for moles, warts and skin tags.

The advantage of radiosurgery is that it is a safe and focused treatment which can be used to destroy the targeted areas without affecting the adjacent healthy tissues.

Mole Removal Surgery

Cosmedics’ Skin Surgery Laser Clinic can offer radiosurgery mole removal. This is generally most suitable for benign protruding moles. However, the team also offer an array of surgical techniques, which tend to be recommended for other types of moles.

For smaller lesions, doctors at Mole Clinics recommend laser surgery as the best option. It is quick and painless, leaving minimal scarring as there are no stitches or scalpels involved.

For raised moles, shave excision is advised – this quickly ‘planes’ off the lesion using an instrument called a Dermablade.

Where a mole is large, flat, complicated or suspicious, then excision surgery is recommended. This uses a scalpel to cut away all the mole tissue in order to leave only healthy and normal skin tissue. The procedure does usually involve stitches in order to close the wound.

At Mole Clinics, all removed moles are sent away for testing, which is best practice even when the mole looks to be normal and safe. It is always best to identify any issues as early as possible.

Skin Surgery Laser Clinics

Cosmedics’ Skin Surgery Laser Clinic offer private mole removal at a selection of clinics based in London and Bristol. Moles are removed using the latest surgical techniques including laser mole removal; with trained doctors and surgeons. Our team of qualified and experienced doctors and surgeons also treat other skin blemishes, including sebaceous cysts, skin tags, warts and lipoma.

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.

Treatment using  freezing, laser or surgical techniques is available at Skin Surgery Laser Clinic who have a selection of locations conveniently based in London and Bristol. All procedures are carried out by highly trained and experienced doctors and surgeons.

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.