Nonsurgical Removal of Facial Skin Lesions

Why Trade a Bump for a Scar When You Can Just Get Rid of a Bump?

Facial skin lesions can be a source of concern for many, not only due to potential health implications but also because of their impact on appearance. The good news is that advanced medical techniques now allow for the nonsurgical removal of these lesions, minimising the risk of scarring and reducing downtime. Read on as we delve into the various types of facial lesions and explores the nonsurgical methods available for their removal.

Types of Facial Lesions

Understanding the different types of facial lesions is crucial in determining the appropriate treatment method. Here are some common types:

  1. Moles: These are clusters of pigmented cells that appear as small, dark brown spots. Moles can vary in size and colour and may be flat or raised.
  2. Dermal Nevus (Birth Marks): These are congenital lesions that appear as discolourations on the skin. They are usually benign and vary in size and shape.
  3. Age-Related Changes: As skin ages, it may develop various lesions such as liver spots or lentigines, which are flat, brown, and typically appear on sun-exposed areas.
  4. Pigmented Seborrhoeic Keratoses: These are non-cancerous, wart-like growths that can be tan, brown, or black. They often appear as people age and can resemble warts.
  5. Sun Spots: Also known as solar lentigines or liver spots, these are flat, brown spots that develop due to prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.

What Is Involved in Nonsurgical Removal?

Nonsurgical removal of facial skin lesions involves various minimally invasive techniques that aim to remove or reduce the appearance of lesions without the need for traditional surgical methods.

Benefits of Nonsurgical Removal

Opting for nonsurgical removal of facial skin lesions offers several advantages:

  1. Minimally Invasive: These techniques do not require incisions, resulting in less trauma to the skin.
  2. Reduced Downtime: Most nonsurgical procedures have minimal recovery time, allowing patients to resume normal activities quickly.
  3. Lower Risk of Scarring: Without the need for stitches or cuts, the risk of scarring is significantly reduced.
  4. Precision: Techniques like laser therapy and radiofrequency can target specific areas, ensuring surrounding skin remains unaffected.

There are several different techniques used to remove lesions non surgically, and we find the best way to permanently remove bumps is with radiofrequency. 


This involves using electromagnetic waves to heat and destroy targeted skin cells. It’s a precise method that can remove moles and other lesions without affecting surrounding tissues.

How Radiofrequency Works

Radiofrequency (RF) technology utilises low-frequency electromagnetic waves to generate heat within the skin’s deeper layers. This heat effectively targets and destroys the abnormal cells that form moles, seborrheic keratoses, and other benign lesions. The RF device is equipped with a probe that is applied to the skin, delivering controlled energy to the affected area.

RF Ablation - Non surgical removal of lesion on face - before and after
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Benefits of Radiofrequency

  1. Minimal Discomfort: The procedure is relatively painless. A local anaesthetic is often applied to the treatment area to enhance comfort.
  2. Precision: The RF energy can be finely controlled, ensuring that only the lesion is targeted while sparing surrounding healthy tissue.
  3. Short Recovery Time: Because the procedure is minimally invasive, recovery time is significantly reduced compared to traditional surgical methods.
  4. Versatility: RF technology can be used on various types of lesions, making it a versatile option for skin treatments.
  5. Reduced Scarring: The controlled nature of RF treatments minimises the risk of scarring, offering a cosmetically pleasing result.
RF Ablation - Non surgical removal of lesion on face - before and after
Before and after non surgical removal of a lesion on the face.

Other accepted modalities include laser therapy, cryo therapy (freezing), creams and chemical treatments.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy uses concentrated light to remove or fade skin lesions. Different types of lasers are used depending on the lesion’s type and colour. For instance, pigment-specific lasers can target melanin in moles or age spots without damaging surrounding skin.


Cryotherapy involves freezing the lesion with liquid nitrogen. This method is particularly effective for benign lesions such as warts and seborrhoeic keratoses. The frozen cells eventually die and fall off, allowing new, healthy skin to grow in its place.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels use a solution to exfoliate the top layers of skin, removing damaged cells and stimulating new cell growth. This method is often used for sun spots and age-related changes.

Topical Treatments

For certain types of lesions, topical creams containing ingredients like retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, or bleaching agents can gradually lighten or reduce the lesion over time. These treatments are non-invasive and can be done at home with a specialists supervision.

In summary

Facial skin lesions, whether moles, birthmarks, age spots, or sun-induced changes, can be effectively treated with nonsurgical methods. These minimally invasive options provide a balance between efficacy and cosmetic outcome, ensuring that patients can address their skin concerns without the added worry of scars. Always consult with a qualified specialist to determine the most appropriate treatment for your specific skin lesion.

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