What is the “electrodessication and curettage” procedure?

Electrodessication and curettage (ED&C) is a procedure used to remove both benign and malignant skin lesions. It is a “burning-and-scraping” technique of the lesion, which is accomplished after it is numbed locally. Dermatologist will use a round blade called a curette to scrape the lesion off the skin and then use an electrical instrument that will cause a mild burn to the skin. This technique is usually accomplished several times to ensure the lesion is removed. After the ED&C procedure, the area will have a round, crusted scab. This scab will take 1-2 months to come off the area and a round, often white, scar will remain.