Curettage & Cautery

Curette and cautery is used to treat both benign and malignant tumours of the skin.

This technique involves the injection of local anaesthetic, and subsequent scrapping of the lesion from the skin. After curette and diathermy the lesion looks like a graze.  The lesion will be dressed post-operatively with a bandage, and may take 2-3 weeks to heal. Most lesions heal with a scar, although the scarred (often white) area is usually smaller than the size of the original lesion.

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