Curette and Cautery

cautery instruments

 What is curette?

Curette refers to a procedure in which a small tool is used to pierce a bump before scraping it off the skin. This procedure can be performed to treat a condition known as mollusum contangiosum, a skin condition that caused by a virus and which is characterised by small bumps on the skin.

How does it work?

During the procedure, your dermatologist will use a tool known as a curette. The curette is placed over the bump and pressed down, allowing the bump to be scraped from the skin.

The procedure can be quite painful, but it is generally very effective and usually only one session of treatment is necessary. It is quite common to experience a small amount of bleeding after the procedure, and your dermatologist will dress the site with a bandage. Your dermatologist may prescribe a topical cream or ointment to help with the healing process.


What is cautery?

Cautery refers to a technique in which skin tissue is destroyed by means of burning with electricity. Warts can be successfully removed in this way.

How does it work?

During the procedure, your dermatologist will place a special grounding pad on your body, which will protect you from the electrical current. The skin at the site of treatment will be carefully cleaned and covered in a gel solution to prevent healthy tissue from being burnt.

Your dermatologist will give you an anaesthetic to numb the area before using a small probe to destroy the warts. The probe has a hot tip and an electric current running through it, which targets the tissue that is being treated.