Nakatsui DermaSurgery was one of only five sites in Canada selected in 2021 to use this first of its kind technology.
It is a brand new technology in that it uses billionths of a second pulses of electricity to disrupt cellular structure and get rid of benign and malignant skin lesions. Just as we have harnessed the power of lasers by decreasing the pulse width of laser pulses from microseconds to nanoseconds to picoseconds and made them safer, CellFX now does the same thing for electricity.
Whereas you might think electricity is dangerous (and it is), CellFX harnesses the power of electricity so that is can be delivered in billionths of a second pulses. Amazing technology!
The most unique thing about CellFX is that it produces no heat, unlike laser and radiofrequency. It actually disrupts the cell membranes where it is being administered but leaves the surrounding scaffolding of the skin (e.g. collagen) untouched, which reduces the risk of scarring. Traditional technologies like liquid nitrogen and electrocautery can often result in unnecessary destruction of surrounding dermal tissue.
What kinds of Skin Problems Can be treated with the CellFX Procedure?
Currently, this technology is being used in the treatment of common warts, sebaceous hyperplasia, and seborrheic keratoses. We have had some amazing results in many patients for these problems. It is also being actively investigated for the management of dermatofibromas, acne, cherry angiomas, syringomas, moles, oily skin, and basal cell carcinoma. Other potential uses also exist although these are still being investigated.
*Does not include genital warts
How does the CellFX procedure work?
CellFX uses an innovative technology that uses ultrafast (billionths of a second) electrical energy pulses to alter cells in the treatment zone, stimulating a gradual clearing of the cells that lead to the regeneration of new cells while keeping the healthy collagen foundation unharmed.
Naturally clears spots and bumps, leaving surrounding collagen unharmed
Stimulates cell turnover, replacing affected cells with healthy new cells
Renews the skin surface for a natural, healthy appearance
“We are delighted to be on the forefront with this technology and it’s just the beginning.”
– Michelle Juneau. MD, Dermatology Consultants, Atlanta GA
Frequently Asked Questions about CellFX
Can multiple lesions be treated in one procedure?
Yes, multiple lesions and lesion types may be treated in one session. Frequently, patients have multiple warts on the hands or feet, or multiple sebaceous hyperplasias on the forehead and they can all be treated in one session. Since each lesion can be treated in a matter of seconds, it’s easy and practical to have multiple lesions treated in a single treatment session.
How long does the CellFX procedure take?
A typical procedure involves photographs of the target lesion(s) , infiltration of local anesthetic, followed by the actual treatment. The actual time of the session is typically 15-30 minutes depending on the number of lesions to be treated. Treatment of each lesion usually requires only 10-15 seconds of pulsing.
How soon can I return to normal activity?
Generally, most patients can immediately return to normal activity. Simple wound care will be recommended by your physician, such as wearing a small bandage for a short amount of time.
How is the CellFX procedure different from other ways to clear lesions?
The most important difference with the CellFX procedure is that unlike laser, radiofrequency, surgery, cold, heat, and electrocautery, it affects cells and only cells. This means it can clear the cells of the lesion without affecting the surrounding non-cellular skin tissue (e.g.collagen).
The technology behind this procedure is called Nano-Pulse Stimulation™ (NPS™). NPS technology uses non-thermal energy, which means it does not generate heat or cold. Other methods such as burning, freezing, or cutting involve unnecessary destruction of surrounding skin tissue, which can lead to a greater risk of scar or other permanent undesired effects.
The ability to affect only cells using a non-thermal energy provides your doctor unique control in clearing the lesion. All these beneficial differences can help minimize the risk of scarring, lessen the chance of lesion recurrence and support a more natural, gradual healing process.
How many visits are needed?
The number of sessions you may need is related to the type of lesion, locations of lesion, skin type, and expectations on the healing process. Larger, deeper lesions may require more than one procedure session, whereas smaller lesions may be able to clear with a single procedure session. Most sebaceous hyperplasia clear with one session but warts may require a few sessions to clear, although they sometimes disappear with one session.
Are there any side effects with the CellFX procedure?
In clinical studies, no serious side effects have been reported.
How much does a CellFX procedure cost?
The CellFX procedure is not covered by Alberta Health and is a cash-pay procedure. The cost will vary based on the number of lesions. Consult us for more detailed information.
Before and After Photographs of CellFX