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This may not be the exact look of your condition. Please confirm your diagnosis with your dermatologist.

What is it?

Scraping and burning, also known as curretage and electrodessication, is a technique reserved for certain skin cancers of select types in select locations generally not on the face. Local anesthesia is administered, the growth is gently scraped off with a tool with a sharp, ring-shaped tip, and then the tumor site is burned with a small needle. This process is often repeated more than once during a single treatment session. A small wound remains, which must be cared for until healing is complete. Often, a round scar is left in the area of treatment that will lighten in color as time passes.

Your dermatology provider will decide if "scraping and burning" or curretage and electrodessication, is an appropriate treatment option for you.