Treatments that use radio frequency technology to target skin flaws are also known as thermocoagulation, electrocauterization, and electrodesiccation. Without penetrating the skin’s surface, these devices create localized heat that evaporate the targeted tissues’ fluid and block blood supply. The result is either coagulation of the tissue or blanching of a vascular lesion. This is accomplished with a needle-thin electrode that is placed near the targeted lesion, allowing electric current to be conducted and heat to be produced in pinpoint-precise areas.
After the lesion is treated, a small crust or scab will form, which falls away within 4–7 days. Immediately after treatment, the skin may be a little red or flushed. Remind clients it’s best not to pick or scratch at any scabs to avoid scarring. Makeup can be applied within 24 hours.
Electrodesiccation devices are used for treating a wide range of skin irregularities, including skin tags, milia, sebaceous hyperplasia, xanthomas, angiomas, blocked pores, fibromas, and spider veins.
When in doubt, don’t treat. If you have a client with a suspicious-looking lesion, refer them to their medical provider. Never attempt to diagnose skin lesions, even when prompted for your opinion by the client. Always refer your client to their medical provider. Clients who are contraindicated for treatment include those with a pacemaker, epilepsy, uncontrolled diabetes, open wounds, pregnancy, and autoimmune disease. You may have learned of additional contraindications not listed here. Always follow the directions of your medical director or place of business. In some scenarios, you may treat with caution, but protect your client and yourself by requesting that your client receives written approval from their medical provider before proceeding.
Devices can be classified as class I or class II devices and may require medical supervision. Be sure you have had proper hands-on training and know the regulations in your state. In some states, a class II device may be outside your scope of practice.
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