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Coblation uses cooler radiofrequency energy to reduce or remove redundant or damaged tissue. Treatments can be used for cosmetic purposes or medical procedures such as tonsil removal and clearing nasal blockage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Coblation for Skin Rejuvenation

Coblation is another option for resurfacing the skin in addition to other skin resurfacing options such as laser, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion treatments. Coblation can be used to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. A low-heat radio frequency energy is used to treat imperfections caused by sun damage and aging. Unlike other systems, Coblation limits damage to the surrounding skin tissue.  It is approved by the FDA for wrinkle reduction.

How does Coblation Work for Removing Wrinkles?

Coblation rejuvenates the skin by removing the damaged outer layers and in so doing stimulating production of new, healthy skin cells. A pen like instrument is used to apply radiofrequency (RF) energy to the skin.  Unlike laser, Coblation uses cooler low-heat radio wave energy. Rather than burning away the skin, the unwanted tissue is dissolved, making recovery time much shorter and causing less injury to adjacent skin.

Recovery after Coblation Skin Resurfacing

Since Coblation uses low-heat energy, the recovery period is significantly reduced (as opposed to laser treatments). This is because there is less damage to the underlying skin and surrounding tissue. After the treatment, your face remains red for about 3 to 5 days (compared with a week or two for laser). Residual redness remains for approximately one month (six to eight weeks for laser resurfacing).

Coblation Sinus and Snoring Surgery

Often snoring can be caused by excess tissue in the soft palate and uvula. Coblation enables doctors to remove or reduce the volume of soft tissue using procedures called soft palate channeling or uvulopalatoplasty. The Coblation wand can be used endoscopically for these procedures, which makes them minimally invasive. This increases visibility for the surgeon, thereby enhancing safety and reducing most of the discomfort associated with traditional snoring surgery.

The temperatures used during Coblation turbinate surgery are low thermal (ranging between 40 and 70 degrees celsius). This enables surrounding tissues to preserve integrity whilst allowing for integrated ablation, suction and bipolar coagulation.

The soft palate reduction is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic. It takes approximately 15 minutes. Improvement in snoring is not immediate; it takes around six weeks to notice the reduction in snoring.

In addition to alleviating snoring, surgery to open up the nasal passage can help with nasal congestion, nose drip, breathing and problems associated with dry throat and mouth.

Coblation Tonsillectomy

For many otolaryngologists, Coblation is a preferred method of performing tonsillectomies. The advanced technology of Coblation allows surgeons to remove tonsils more quickly and with less after pain. Unlike traditional electrocautery techniques, the Coblation procedure combines lower heat radiofrequency energy with a saline solution. There is no heating or burning of tissue. This ensures nearby healthy tissue remains undamaged.

Coblation tonsillectomy is performed in an outpatient setting and usually takes around half an hour to 45 minutes.  Since general anesthesia is used, you will be required to remain in hospital for a few hours following your operation. You will need to make arrangements for somebody to drive you home once you are discharged.

Using Coblation to remove or partially reduce tonsil tissue provides a tonsil removal option with a more rapid recovery, with less discomfort and reduced postoperative pain.

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