What is Radio Frequency Ablation ( RFA )?
Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) is a technology used to treat a variety of soft tissue conditions, from
the skin to deeper tissues. We use the latest technology to ensure safe and effective removal of moles, warts and skin lesions. Instead of using a scalpel, radio waves do the cutting.
What’s the benefit of using radio waves instead of laser or electro-surgery?
RFA is an extremely precise way to perform surgery, creating much less trauma to surrounding tissues than other technologies. We use the latest technology to ensure safe and effective treatment of following skin conditions.
Warts are caused by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). These include Common Warts, Palmar or Plantar Warts, Flat Warts, Cystic Warts, Genital Warts and many other types. HPV is spread by direct or indirect contact. Autoinoculation may also occur, causing local spread of lesions. Multiple modalities are available for the treatment of warts, but most are not uniformly effective.These include topical agents such as salicylic acid, canthardin, trichloroacetic acid, podophyllin and more. Some physicians have used cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen), lasers or prescription systemic and topical medications, which have also shown minimal effectiveness.
At La Skinnovita, Dr. Pall has had very good results using the RFA method for treatment and permanent removal of many types of warts.
RFA Procedure :
The lesion is first prepped with isopropyl alcohol, injected with a small amount of local anesthetic, and then painlessly removed using a radio frequency probe. In case of multiple lesions, topical anesthetic cream is applied before the procedure. During the procedure, the treated area is cauterized as the lesion is being removed. This means that the treated area is free of bleeding and therefore ready to be prepped with topical antibiotic ointment and a band-aid immediately afterwards.
After the procedure, patients are asked to keep the treated area clean and free of contaminants until the wound has scabbed over. This post-procedure maintenance is done by simply cleaning the wound with mild soap and water, applying the triple antibiotic ointment (supplied by us), and a band-aid 1-2 times a day for 2 to 4 days. Typically patients see new skin after a week which is usually pink in color. The new skin then gradually starts to match the surrounding skin in days to weeks.