Procedure Time15 min +/-
Risks & ComplicationsMinor swelling, bleeding or scabbing (see notes)
Treatment Plan1 - 3 sessions +/-
Treatment Recovery1 day
Our Surrey clinic now offers the advanced CellFX® in Vancouver – a procedure to get rid of benign moles, warts and sebaceous hyperplasia bumps in the skin – all without surgery, cryotherapy, electrocautery or injection therapy.
While lasers can be a go-to for non-surgical mole and wart removal, the Vancouver CellFX® energy-based procedure is a more modern, comfortable and quick way to treat these types of lesions in the skin. Plus, it leaves little risk for scarring, since surrounding tissues are not affected by the treatment.
CellFX® is Health Canada approved, FDA cleared in the USA and has its CE mark approval in the European Union.
We offer CellFX® skin lesion removal to patients from Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Delta, Richmond, Vancouver, Whistler, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and other nearby cities (some patients come even as far as Washington, USA).
To find out if you are a good candidate for our Vancouver CellFX® treatments (in Surrey), book a consultation at our clinic. We’ll examine your case more carefully, and recommend a treatment path that’s right for you.
Please note: we can only treat benign lesions with the CellFX® technology. If you believe you have a cancerous growth on your skin, we advise you to see your doctor as a first step.
Please note: we do not treat plantar (i.e. foot) warts at our clinic.
CellFX® is not covered by the Medical Services Plan in B.C. It is an out-of-pocket expense paid for by patients at our clinic. You will need to ask your other health insurers whether or not they cover this procedure.
What is there to love about CellFX® mole, wart and lesion removal?
The CellFX® procedure leaves very little risk of scarring, since it only targets cells, and not the collagen fibers that surround them. It uses non-thermal energy (i.e. non-heated energy) to kill the cells that make up warts, moles and sebaceous hyperplasia bumps. No cutting, burning or freezing is involved.
Since no skin trauma is involved in the procedure, the risk of scarring is greatly reduced.
Each cycle (i.e. pulse duration) of the CellFX® treatment takes 10 – 15 seconds. It’s a quick, in-and-out procedure.
Unlike laser ablation and heated treatments, there’s no smell during the procedure.
The CellFX® procedure involves no downtime. You can resume your daily activities right away (though, healing ointment and a bandage will be required).
Since local anesthetic is injected at the treatment site, there’s mild, if not zero pain during the procedure.
What types of skin lesions can the CellFX® technology be used to treat?
Our Vancouver CellFX® procedure can remove difficult-to-treat spots, bumps and growths on the skin. These include:
- Seborrheic keratosis – benign, flat or raised moles, of any colour, size or height, on most parts of the body.
- Common warts – virus-caused bumps on the body, such as the hands and feet. This treatment is not usable on genitalia, and we also do not treat plantar warts at our clinic.
- Sebaceous hyperplasia – oil-clogged hair follicles forming bumps on the face, forehead, neck, back or other areas.
Please note: we do not treat plantar (i.e. foot) warts at our clinic.
How does the CellFX® technology work to remove skin spots, bumps and growths?
The CellFX® technology uses what’s called, “Nano-Pulse Stimulation™ (NPS™).” This technology delivers pulses of high-amplitude electrical energy in nano-second pulses (it can reach a millionth or even a billionth of a second!). The energy is non-thermal, producing no cold or heat.
Nano-Pulse Stimulation™ is delivered through tips that are attached to handheld applicators. The tips contain small sets of microneedles – sized only to treat the affected cells, and not the surrounding skin tissue.
After energy is delivered to the affected cells, they begin a process called Regulated Cell Death (RCD). It is believed that this specialized energy affects the internal cellular organelles, such as the mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum. It leaves outer cell membranes undisrupted. Since it affects cells, and not tissue, it also leaves surrounding collagen fibres intact.
When the cells die, the body slowly gets rid of them through its normal metabolic processes.
What is a CellFX® treatment session like?
During the procedure, the treatment area will be wiped with alcohol to ensure a sanitized surface.
A doctor or nurse will then administer lidocaine anaesthetic through injection.
A plastic tracing template will be used to mark the treatment area.
The technician will attach a brand new microneedling tip of the appropriate size to the machine’s handheld applicator.
Gel will be applied to the microneedling tip.
The applicator and tip will be pressed against the abnormal cells (i.e. the skin lesion).
The technician will begin the delivery of energy to the treatment area, which lasts about 10 – 15 seconds (called a “cycle”).
Sometimes, a lesion requires more than one cycle during the session, depending on its size.
You may experience the sensation of tapping, plus involuntary twitching or muscle spasms while the energy is being delivered. This can cause shaking on an arm, jaw, or other area of your body. This is normal, and stops once the energy is turned off.
You may also hear a clicking sound while the energy is being delivered.
If you have more than one lesion, they can be treated in the same session.
How many CellFX® lesion treatments will I need to see results?
The number of treatments needed to remove a mole, wart or benign skin lesion (i.e. skin bump) can depend on the case at hand.
For example, larger or deeper lesions may take 2 – 3 sessions, with multiple cycles in each session (such as 4 – 12 cycles). But shallow or small lesions may go away after just 1 session and 1 cycle.
Subsequent treatment sessions may be scheduled around 4 – 6 weeks apart. However, the intervals are also case dependent. Our clinic will follow up with you to determine when, or if, you should return for additional treatments.
Are CellFX® treatments painful?
Local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area before energy is delivered to the abnormal cells. This can greatly reduce any sensation you’ll feel during the procedure. However, you may still experience some mild pain, especially if the treatment area is near a sensory nerve (which is common on the face).
The energy delivered by the CellFX® machine is less than that of receiving a static discharge, such as when walking on a carpet and touching metal surfaces.
The procedure can also cause involuntary twitching or muscle spasms while energy is being delivered, which is normal. This is because your nervous system normally communicates via electrical signals. Those electrical signals are stimulated when the CellFX® system is activated.
Is there downtime after CellFX® procedures?
Patients who undergo our Vancouver CellFX® procedures usually return to their normal activities right away.
Some healing ointment and bandages may be required.
It can take some weeks for the skin to completely heal over. The healing time can vary between patients depending on individual healing response, the location of the treatment area and the type of lesion treated.
What are the side effects of the CellFX® treatment?
There are virtually no side effects to CellFX® treatments!
The treatment area may be swollen and red for a while, but this is normal. Some minor bleeding, crusting, scabbing and blistering are also possible, akin to getting a small cut on your skin.
Mild pigmentation changes can happen, particularly on those with dark skin tones. However, these often go away on their own, depending on the type of lesion being treated.
The CellFX® technology can only be used on patients who are at least 22 years old.
Those who are pregnant should not undergo this procedure.
If you have a pacemaker or other electrical device implanted in your body, you may not be eligible for CellFX® treatments.
If you are prone to forming keloids, this procedure may not be for you.
Further contraindications apply to this procedure. Please ask us for details during your consultation. It will be crucial to disclose your health conditions and history, including allergies, medications and ailments, to our staff before the procedure.
What do your Vancouver CellFX® treatments cost?
Like any treatment of this kind, the cost of Vancouver CellFX® treatments at our Surrey clinic can vary depending on:
- The number of growths you want removed
- The size of the growths you want removed
- The location of the growths you want removed
- The type of growths you want removed
A consultation is needed to determine a quote for your case.
In some cases, we may need to do multiple treatments, or combine your treatments with other technologies.
We can say that treatments start at $300, and can go up from there. This starting price should be taken as a guideline only.
CellFX® treatments are an out-of-pocket expense not covered by the Medical Services Plan in B.C.