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Radiofrequency ablation in dermatology

Author(s): Sachdeva Silonie | Dogra Alka

Journal: Indian Journal of Dermatology
ISSN 0019-5154

Volume: 52;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 134;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Radiofreqeuency ablation | ultra high frequency | electrosection electrocoagulation | electrodesiccation and fulguration

Radiofreqeuency ablation is a versatile dermatosurgical procedure used for surgical management of skin lesions by using various forms of alternating current at an ultra high frequency. The major modalities in radiofrequency are electrosection, electrocoagulation, electrodessication and fulguration. The use of radiofrequency ablation in dermatosurgical practice has gained importance in recent years as it can be used to treat most of the skin lesions with ease in less time with clean surgical field due to adequate hemostasis and with minimal side effects and complications. This article focuses on the major tissue effects and factors influencing radiofrequency ablation and its application for various dermatological conditions.
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