Home > Health Library > Seborrheic Keratosis: Electrocautery Treatment
Electrocautery is the use of a low-voltage electrical charge to burn
off a growth. The electrical charge travels through the tip of a needle to the
growth. It can be an effective way to remove a
seborrheic keratosis. But it is not effective for
removing large numbers of keratoses.
This procedure usually can be done in your doctor's office. An
injection of a numbing medicine (local anesthetic) should help control pain. Healing usually takes 2 to 4
weeks, depending on the size of the treated area.
Electrocautery can leave a scar and may permanently lighten dark
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Current as ofFebruary 5, 2016
Current as of:
February 5, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
I Want To...
Join Our Social Network