Physical Procedures

  • Mariana Boechat de Souza
  • Aline Fassini
  • Maria Claudia Almeida Issa
Living reference work entry
Part of the Clinical Approaches and Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology book series (CAPCD)


This chapter aims to explore the most commonly used physical procedures in dermatology’s daily practice: electrosurgery and cryosurgery. Cryosurgery is an effective and efficient method for benign, premalignant, and malignant cutaneous lesions. It evolves cell destruction by the application of very low temperatures. Electrosurgery is a physical method used to destroy benign and malignant lesions, to control bleeding, and to cut and excise tissue. It causes denaturation of cellular proteins, resulting in coagulation and desiccation effects. Their origins, principles, and mechanisms of action will be explained, as well as indications, advantages, and risks of each technique will be concerned.


Electrosurgery Cryosurgery Physical procedures Benign lesions Premalignant lesions Malignant lesions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariana Boechat de Souza
    • 1
  • Aline Fassini
    • 1
  • Maria Claudia Almeida Issa
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidade Federal FluminenseNiteróiBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Medicine – DermatologyUniversidade Federal FluminenseIcarai/NiteróiBrazil

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