At A Glance


From £1050

Expected Results:

Treatment of minor skin conditions

Length of Surgery:

up to 30 minutes


Local anaesthetic


Usual activities by 1 week

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Electrosurgery and curettage for skin lesions

Electrosurgery & Curettage is a treatment to remove superficial skin lesions that sit on the surface of the skin.


Electrosurgery, also known as ‘electrothermy’ or ‘electrocauterization’, involves the application of a high-frequency, alternating electric current through the skin using a diathermy machine to produce heat. The consultant utilises the diathermy machine to touch the skin lesion, causing the tissue to heat up and be destroyed. Patients may experience a slight burning or tingling sensation during the process.


Curettage is a widely utilised technique in dermatology due to its effectiveness and minimal risk. This procedure entails the removal of a skin lesion by scraping it away with a surgical instrument called a ‘curette’. Following the scraping, the area is cauterised using an electric needle to seal minor blood vessels and eliminate any remaining cells. Curettage is commonly employed for superficial moles that are only attached to the skin’s surface.

The Consultation

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Electrosurgery and Curettage are frequently employed in treating superficial skin lesions. During a dermatology consultation at The Day Clinic, a consultant dermatologist will determine the suitability of this treatment for the patient’s concern and discuss the treatment process. Conditions such as skin tags, certain moles, and sometimes basal cell carcinoma may be treated with these techniques, often in a ‘see and treat’ appointment.

The Procedure

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Curettage involves using a curette, a small spoon-shaped instrument, to scrape or remove tissue from a specific area of the body. In dermatology, this procedure is commonly utilised to eliminate superficial skin lesions or growths like warts, skin tags, or basal cell carcinoma. The procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia to ensure patient comfort.

Aftercare & Results

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After the procedure, patients will receive personalised aftercare instructions from their consultant to achieve optimal results. Wound care advice, dressing change instructions, and pain management strategies will be provided. It is essential to follow the aftercare guidance to promote proper healing and minimise complications.

It is possible to experience pain or discomfort following the procedure, which can be managed with painkillers as advised. Patients may be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to monitor healing progress or discuss treatment outcomes. Steps to reduce scar visibility, such as scar massage and sunscreen application, will be recommended. Using high SPF sunscreen on the treated area for approximately 12 months post-procedure is advisable.

What our patients think

Lisa Buchan
Lisa Buchan
17 April 2023
Dr Abood and his team are amazing, having gone through a breast reduction recently I could not recommend him enough. Not only am I very happy with the results but the aftercare has been amazing. The team are always available to answer questions, help and provide advice. I have already recommended him to several people, if you are considering this surgery I would see him for a consultation.
RC Keay
RC Keay
11 March 2023
I visited Dr Ahid Abood and his team to have a squamous cell carcinoma removed from my nose which was followed by a skin graft. I was quite anxious about this procedure, especially as it involved a prominent part of my face. Dr Abood explained the process, possible side effects and outcome in a calm and informative way. After the procedure l felt relieved, relaxed and very glad to have met Dr Abood and his lovely team. Thank you!
Helen Roberts
Helen Roberts
7 March 2023
The care I had was excellent. All the staff were very good, Claire the nurse was so reassuring. His secretary Justine was so friendly and helpful when I had a query. Mr Abood was superb. He explained what was happening and the work he did was brilliant. I have a really neat scar which has healed well. Thank you one and all.
Deborah Chamberlain-King
Deborah Chamberlain-King
18 February 2023
From the moment I met Mr Abood I was certain that he was the Surgeon I wanted to perform my upper and lower Blepharoplasty operation due to his kind, calm and informative approach. Mr Abood explained the whole process thoroughly and I was always able to ask any questions that I had. I was 100% sure that I wanted this operation but after my initial consultation with Mr Abood I was 200% sure! Correspondence with Mr Abood's Secretary Justine was always a pleasure as she is efficient and understanding. I was so pleased that I was able to meet Justine in person. I chose the Weymouth Street Hospital for my surgery and it was a great choice. I was made to feel totally at ease. ALL of the staff there were so kind and caring but a special shout out to Arden and Suzanna (night nurse). Arden is so kind, caring and an absolute delight. I must also praise the food! Wished I could have stayed longer :) My recovery from surgery has been much faster than I thought it would be but exactly as Mr Abood predicted. After 4 weeks my scars have healed so well and in fact I can see improvement every day. I can now look in the mirror and like what I see already and am excited to see the end result. Thank you Mr Abood and Justine. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr Abood, Justine and The Weymouth Street Hospital. If you are looking for an excellent Surgeon look no further.
Amanda Plimley
Amanda Plimley
9 February 2023
Awesome support from beginning to end. I was nervous about breast reduction surgery and conscious of everything this is entailed. Super pleased to share that Dr Abood and Justine his secretary have made it is easy a process for me as possible. Lots of information and reassurance from the first consult to today, currently four weeks post surgery. I’ve been able to reach out directly with any questions or queries I’ve had along the way and have had answers really quickly! And most importantly I’m happy with my new look, feeling more confident already. Cannot wait for the final results ???? Thank you team Abood!
Lynette Hodge
Lynette Hodge
8 February 2023
I am so grateful to have been referred to Mr Abood for surgery, by my consultant dermatologist who diagnosed a rapidly growing tumour on my leg as a Keratoacanthoma. With the need to have this removed as a matter of urgency, Mr Abood’s wonderful secretary, Justine, clearly went to a great deal of trouble to arrange for me to have surgery within 24 hours. I arrived at The Weymouth hospital where I met Mr Abood for the first time. His warm, gentle manner was so reassuring while he explained the procedure clearly, including the need for a skin graft and put me at ease before I was prepared for surgery. I cannot speak more highly of the whole experience, from Mr Abood and his delightful, caring team of nurses, to the theatre staff, they were all friendly but respectful, filling me with confidence. The care I was given was exceptional and the facilities at this hospital were outstanding. When it was time to have the dressing and stitches removed, Mr Abood did it himself and was so gentle that I didn’t feel a thing. There is no question that Mr Abood is an extremely skilful surgeon who goes ‘above and beyond’ to provide the best possible outcome for his patients. I feel blessed to have been referred to him.
Teodora Nikolova
Teodora Nikolova
24 January 2023
If I can give 10 stars to Mr ABOOD, Justine and the whole team at the Weymouth Hospital I would. I’ve searched for months and had a few consultations before I’ve met Dr. Ahid Abood. He listened all my concerns and answered all of my questions. Very experienced, professional and respectful. I had a mommy makeover surgery ( tummy tuck with 360 liposuction, muscle repair and breast lift with implants) with him and what can I say, this surgeon is magician. Recovery was much easier than I expected. I am extremely happy with my results and I have so much confidence now. Huge shout out to Justine, this woman is a sunshine, so kind and supportive.
Eva Dhliwayo
Eva Dhliwayo
3 October 2022
Dr Abood is a wonderful Surgeon i have ever met. From the start to finish my experience was amazing. He explained everything to me in a very clear manner. He properly informed me about the procedure. His secretary Justine is incredible, very friendly and professional. I am 3 weeks Post Surgery and I have been following Dr Abood's recovery instructions. I feel so good and very happy with the results. I can't thank him enough on how he has changed my life.I am so glad I choose Dr-Abood and would highly recommend to anyone.

Potential Risks

Although electrosurgery and curettage are generally safe procedures, it’s important to be aware of potential risks and complications, which may include:


Infections are a risk associated with any surgical procedure. Symptoms of infection may include increased pain, redness, swelling, warmth, or discharge from the wound. Infections typically manifest around 9 days post-procedure and are usually treated with a one-week course of oral antibiotics. If you have concerns about infection, we are available to assess and provide guidance.


Bleeding can occur during or after the removal procedure. Excessive bleeding in rare cases may necessitate medical attention.


Scarring is an inevitable outcome of any surgery. The extent of scarring varies and is influenced by individual factors and healing processes. Our aim is to minimise the appearance of any unavoidable scarring.

Nerve Damage

In rare instances, surgical removal procedures for large or deep lesions may result in damage to nearby nerves, leading to temporary or permanent numbness or altered sensation in the area.


Certain types of skin lesions pose a small risk of recurrence. If your surgery involved skin cancer removal, we recommend annual skin checks with a skin expert to monitor for early signs of recurrence or other skin cancers.

Related FAQs

When is electrosurgery and curettage recommended?

Electrosurgery and curettage are typically recommended when the lesion is superficial and located on the surface of the skin. This approach avoids the need to cut into the deeper layers of the skin, making it a less invasive procedure.

Is electrosurgery and curettage painful?

Electrosurgery and curettage are typically carried out under local anaesthesia to reduce discomfort during the procedure. You may feel some pressure or pulling as the abnormal tissue is removed with the curette. The electric current utilised in electrosurgery might cause a slight burning or tingling sensation, but it is not typically painful. After the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort or tenderness in the treated area, which can generally be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medications like Paracetamol.

Could a skin lesion recur after electrosurgery and curettage?

While our goal is to eliminate the skin lesion permanently, there is a chance of recurrence following electrosurgery and curettage. The likelihood of recurrence varies depending on the type of lesion, individual factors such as size and characteristics of the lesion, the presence of underlying conditions, and individual healing capabilities. We recommend this treatment only when deemed the most appropriate for your specific condition and when the risk of recurrence is considered low.

What is the expected duration of the procedure?

The duration of the procedure can vary based on the size and location of the lesion, but typically, we anticipate the procedure to last up to 30 minutes.

What is the recovery time after electrosurgery and curettage?

Typically, the recovery period following electrosurgery and curettage is relatively short. After the local anaesthetic wears off, you may experience mild discomfort at the treatment site, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter painkillers. The area generally heals within about 1 to 2 weeks, during which a scab or crust forms over the treated area and eventually falls off, revealing new, healthy skin underneath.

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