→ Topical numbing product applied for 1 hour using occlusion.
→ The aesthetic practitioner objective was to flatten the benign growth against the scalp.
→ Using Plasma there was no need to shave the area.
The device used was the BeautyTeck set at high power level using the spray operation in order to ablate the mole quickly.
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There was no need to shave the area in order to carry out the treatment. The device was set immediately at high power to remove the main bulk of the mole quickly. The objective of the aesthetic practitioner was to level off the benign growth as well as possible with the surrounding scalp in order to achieve the best possible aesthetic results. Every now and then, the carbon residues were removed by rubbing the area with a cotton pad impregnated with non-flammable antiseptic. Towards the end of the procedure after removing the carbon residues, the practitioner ran his finger a number of times on the mole to appreciate how much of the lesion had to be still carbonized in order to flatten the area properly.
Once the area looked almost flat then the finishing touches were made to flatten the mole as precisely as possible and therefore achieve the best possible aesthetic results. In any case, try not to go too deep and create a void in the skin as this, in turn, can result in a hypertrophic or atrophic scar. As a rule of thumb it is preferable to leave the area slightly elevated then cause a void in the scalp (or skin), as the elevation can be removed in a further treatment, while the void is more likely to result in type of scarring which can be challenging to treat especially if atrophic (depressed).
The scabbing lasted a little longer than usual, however, this can occur during the healing period after benign mole removal.
As seen in the before picture, there was no hair growth on the benign mole itself. After healing, the area experienced hair regrowth where the mole was located. Hair regrowth may not occur after surgical excision or surgical removal, due to the depth of the incision made during certain surgical procedures.
The area did not bleed throughout the entire procedure. As we know most other alternative surgical procedures involving the use of conventional scalpels will lead to bleeding. In this case, one of the advantages of the treatment is the bloodless type of procedure, which is often also appreciated by those undergoing the procedures.
The removal was carried out without the use of an injectable anesthetic. Generally, injections are not required for benign mole removal using electrical arcing. The topical numbing product contained over 10% lidocaine. This topical anesthetic was applied using occlusion for one hour to become effective. This was sufficient to carry out the procedure in complete comfort for the subject. Several medical practitioners prefer to inject the area with a local anesthetic before carrying out the procedure because local anesthetics become effective very quickly.
Most topical "over the counter" numbing products available have a relatively low percentage of active ingredients, therefore they require in the region of 45 minutes to 1 hour (using occlusion) in order to numb the area effectively. However, in case the wait time is a matter of concern, medical practitioners can order custom-made topical numbing products which are effective without occlusion and numb the area within 5 to 10 minutes from the application of the product. Because of this, even in the case, a fast numbing action be preferred, the use of injectable anesthetics are not generally necessary in these types of aesthetic procedures.
During the first few days, a mild antiseptic was applied twice a day until the area scabbed. The after-care consisted in keeping the area not exposed to sources of infections. The subject used normal neutral shampoo as usual (once a day).