Curettage and cautery is used to treat both benign and malignant tumours of the skin.

This technique involves the injection of local anaesthetic, and subsequent scrapping of the lesion from the skin with a sharp blade (the curette). The base of the wound is then cauterised to seal any blood vessels (Diathermy). 

After the Process the lesion will look like a graze and no stitches are required.

The lesion will be dressed post-operatively with a bandage, and may take 2-3 weeks to heal.