Skin Imperfections in Nova

What Are Cherry Angiomas?

Cherry angiomas, or “red moles”, are a very common type of skin growth that many people develop anywhere on the skin’s surface typically after the age of 30.  Alternative names for them include “senile angiomas” and “Campbell de Morgan spots”.

They receive their characteristic reddish color from the fact that very small blood vessels come together in that area. The cause is unknown.

Cherry angiomas are typically not a health concern unless they bleed randomly or experience changes in shape, size or color, which indicate possible skin cancer. But they can be unsightly.  Many people choose to have them removed and you have a great option should you choose to do so.

How Are Cherry Angiomas Treated?

Cherry angiomas are treated with electrocauterization, in which your physician uses a minimally-powered medical device to very precisely target the cherry angiomas, destroying the tissue safely while preventing excess bleeding.

In most cases, a topical numbing cream is all a patient needs to prevent discomfort. If the angioma is larger, then local anesthetic may be injected. Your doctor discusses these options with you during your visit.

The device used for this procedure is called a Hyfrecator®. This patented device has a wide range of high and low settings that allow your plastic surgeon to target numerous skin imperfections, including cherry angiomas, skin tags, spider veins and more during your visits.  The treatment takes approximately 30 minutes and the treated area heals in as little as one week.

To learn more about whether the Hyfrecator procedure is right for you, schedule an appointment today.


What Are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are loose, skin-colored growths on the skin. They are not dangerous and shouldn’t be painful. But they can be unsightly and may cause discomfort as they are often located along the bra underwire, under the arms, on the neck, along the groin or in other sensitive locations where the skin commonly folds over itself and may chafe.

We don’t really know what causes skin tags. But if they’re causing discomfort either physically or emotionally,  you don’t have to live with them.

How Are Skin Tags Treated?

Skin tags are treated through a process called electrocauterization. Your doctor uses a device that applies the least amount of heat possible to safely and effectively eliminate skin tags while leaving the rest of the skin unaffected.

After a numbing cream is applied to the treatment area, your plastic surgeon very carefully targets the skin tags with the tip of the device.

We use the Hyfrecator®, a patented electrocauterization tool designed to give your physician full control over the heat levels to deliver the best results. Many skin tags can be addressed in a 20-30 minute procedure, and full healing occurs in around a week. In addition to skin tags, your physician can use the same device to treat spider veins, moles, and keratosis.

To find out if a Hyfrecator® treatment is right for you, contact us to schedule an appointment.


What Is a Sebrrohoic Keratosis?

Sebrrohoic Keratosis (seb-o-REE-ik ker-uh-TOE-sis) is a very common growth in people over 50 that may occur on the face, shoulders, chest, or back. This light brown, black or tan growth may be slightly raised from the skin surface and have a “crocodile” scale or shiny appearance.

These spots aren’t contagious or painful, and they aren’t thought to be caused by sun exposure as one might think. They seem to run in families so if your mother or father had them, you may develop this condition. Some people may experience itching, which may lead to scratching and bleeding.

While they aren’t necessarily dangerous, they can be very unsightly, spanning as much as an inch in diameter and often developing in clusters. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with Sebrrohoic Keratosis. You have treatment options.

How is Sebrrohoic Keratosis Treated?

Sebrrohoic Keratosis is effectively treated using electrocauterization, a procedure in with your plastic surgeon very precisely targets the affected skin with a device called a Hyfrecator®. Smaller spots may require numbing cream while larger spots are best treated under a local anesthetic. The treatment takes around 30 minutes, and recovery time is typically one to six weeks, depending on the lesion size and other factors that could slow healing. Your plastic surgeon discusses your options, potential recovery time, and treatment plan with you during your pre-treatment appointment.

The Hyfrecator is a patented device that can safely and effectively target Sebrrohoic Keratosis with just the right amount of heat, removing keratosis without harming deeper or surrounding tissues. Generally, removal results in normal-looking skin after healing has taken place. In addition to keratosis, your plastic surgeon may be able to treat spider veins, skin tags, and moles using the same system, leaving your skin looking and feeling better.

To find out if Hyfrecator is the right treatment for you, schedule an appointment with our office to speak with our plastic surgeon.


What Are Telangectasias (Spider Veins)?

Telangectasia is the technical name for spider veins, clusters of dilated capillaries visible under the skin that may resemble a spider’s legs or web. An estimated 50% of adults have spider veins. They’re typically the result of excessive sun exposure or significant pressure to the surface of the skin, which causes vessels to burst. Prolonged sitting and crossing the legs apply this pressure so it may increase your risk, but spider veins aren’t necessarily a sign of a sedentary lifestyle. They run in families are very easy to develop.

Unless accompanied by severe varicose veins, they’re not generally dangerous, but they are very unsightly and many people choose to have them removed. For those people, there are some very effective treatments for spider veins.

How Are Spider Veins Treated?

We recommend electrocauterization for the treatment of spider veins. After applying a topical numbing cream to the treatment area, your plastic surgeon uses a patented device called Hyfrecator® to very carefully target the spider veins without damaging surrounding tissues.

The makers of Hyfrecator expertly crafted it to maximize the control your physician has over the treatment process, delivering just the right amount of heat energy to get the desired results. The procedures typically take around 30 minutes with a recovery time of about one week, during which you can continue normal activities. Also, ask your doctor about using  Hyfrecator technology to treat your moles, keratosis or skin tags.

You don’t have to live with spider veins. To find out of Hyfrecator is right for your condition, contact us to schedule an appointment.

What Is Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN)?

DPN is characterized by the presence of many, small, smooth, hard, dark brown or black lesions that can be up to 5mm (nearly 1/4 inch) in diameter. They’re common in people of color. Approximately 35% of African-Americans have them and dark-skinned people of Asian descent are at higher risk of developing these aesthetic imperfections, although the exact prevalence in this group is unknown.

Those who develop Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra, typically see their first dermatoses in their teens, but as they age the number increases and can “take over” the face or other parts of the body. The medical community believes that DPN has a strong genetic component, and may occur because of genetic variation related to hair follicles.

How Is Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN) Treated?

Dermatoses can be treated with electrocauterization, which involves the use of a patented device called Hyfrecator®. After they apply a topical numbing cream to the skin, your plastic surgeon uses the Hyfrecator® to precisely target DPN, in order to create a smoother and more even-looking appearance.

This procedure is typically not recommended for people who develop keloid scarring or are likely to suffer from hyper-pigmentation or loss of pigmentation as they may be unable to achieve an even appearance. Your plastic surgeon discusses these risks, if any, with you during your appointment. Hyfrecator has been very specifically designed to give a skilled plastic surgeon the most control over the device to get you results that cannot be achieved through other means because of the above-mentioned challenges.

To find out if Hyfrecator is right for you, schedule your consultation appointment today.

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