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Laser Mole Removal & Skin Lesion Removal

Laser mole removal & skin lesion removal

What is Laser Mole Removal?

Laser mole removal is a cosmetic procedure used to remove moles and other skin lesions using focused laser beams. The laser targets the pigment in the mole, breaking it down without damaging the surrounding skin. This method is highly effective for both raised and flat moles, providing excellent cosmetic results with minimal scarring.

Laser technology, especially CO2 lasers, are widely used for this purpose due to its precision and ability to offer excellent results. CO2 lasers work by emitting concentrated light that vaporises the mole, allowing for precise removal of the lesion.

How Does Laser Mole Removal Work?

Laser mole removal works by focusing a laser beam on the mole. The heat from the laser breaks down the pigmented cells in the mole, which are then absorbed and naturally eliminated by the body. This process is minimally invasive and typically involves little to no bleeding.

During the procedure, a local anaesthetic is applied to numb the area, ensuring patient comfort. The dermatologist or surgeon uses the laser to carefully remove the mole, ensuring no to minimal damage to the surrounding skin. The laser’s precision allows for the removal of moles without leaving a noticeable scar, making it a preferred method for cosmetic mole removal.

Treatment Summary

Number of Treatments

1

Procedure Time

30+

Discomfort Level

None, Local anaesthetic used

Benefits of the Treatments

Remove lesions with no scarring

The procedure is generally not painful as a local anaesthetic is used to numb the area. You may feel a slight tingling or warmth from the laser.

The procedure is generally not painful as a local anaesthetic is used to numb the area. You may feel a slight tingling or warmth from the laser.

Healing time varies, but most people can expect the area to heal within a few weeks. You may have a scab that forms and falls off, leaving a pink mark that gradually fades.

While laser mole removal is generally safe, there are potential risks and complications to be aware of: Infection: Proper aftercare is essential to prevent infection at the treated site. Scarring: Although minimal, there is still a risk of scarring, especially if aftercare instructions are not followed. Pigmentation Changes: Some patients may experience hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation in the treated area. It’s crucial to follow your dermatologist’s aftercare instructions to minimise these risks and ensure optimal healing.

Benign skin lesions such as moles, Xanthelasma, skin tags, keratosis, DPN

Benign skin lesions such as moles, Xanthelasma, skin tags, keratosis, and DPN are common occurrences that can occur on the skin surface. Many individuals have moles that are removed by doctors or surgeons through dermatology or plastic surgery. These moles are harmless but may be noticeable, especially if they are darker skin or red and raised. If you have a skin lesion removed such as a mole removed, it may leave a lesion removed area that looks like a graze. In some cases, the area may need to be closed with stitches to help the skin cells heal properly.

Why Choose Laser for Mole Removal?

Laser mole removal offers several benefits compared to traditional methods like surgical excision or shave excision. Some of the key advantages include:

  • Precision: Lasers can target the mole precisely without affecting the surrounding skin.
  • Minimal Scarring: Laser mole removal is known for leaving minimal scars, making it an excellent choice for cosmetic purposes.
  • Quick Recovery: The procedure is less invasive, resulting in faster healing and recovery times.
  • Effective for Various Moles: Both flat and raised moles can be effectively removed using laser treatment.

Considering these benefits, many patients opt for laser mole removal for both cosmetic and medical reasons.

What to Expect During the Laser Mole Removal Procedure?

The laser mole removal procedure is relatively simple and quick. Here’s a step-by-step overview of what you can expect:

  1. Consultation: Your dermatologist will assess the mole to ensure it is suitable for laser removal and discuss your medical history.
  2. Preparation: The area around the mole will be cleaned and a local anaesthetic will be applied to numb the area.
  3. Removal: The dermatologist will use a CO2 laser to remove the mole. The laser targets the pigment in the mole, breaking it down.
  4. Post-Procedure Care: After the mole is removed, the area may be covered with a bandage. You’ll receive instructions on how to care for the treated area to promote healing and prevent infection.

The entire procedure typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size and number of moles being removed.

Who Should Consider Laser Mole Removal?

Laser mole removal is suitable for individuals who want to remove moles for cosmetic reasons or because the moles are causing discomfort. It is also a good option for those who have moles in sensitive areas where traditional surgical methods might leave noticeable scars.

However, not all moles are suitable for laser removal. Suspicious moles or those that may be cancerous should be evaluated by a dermatologist or GP, who may recommend removal by other methods and further testing, such as a biopsy, to ensure the mole is benign.

Comparing Laser Mole Removal with Other Methods

When considering mole removal, it’s important to compare different methods to determine which is best for you. Here are some common mole removal methods:

  • Surgical Excision: This method involves cutting out the mole and surrounding skin and closing the wound with stitches. It’s often used for larger moles but can leave a more noticeable scar.
  • Shave Excision: This involves shaving off the mole at skin level. It’s less invasive than surgical excision but may not be suitable for all types of moles.
  • Laser Removal: As discussed, laser removal offers precision and minimal scarring, making it ideal for cosmetic mole removal.

Each method has its pros and cons, and the best choice depends on the mole’s size, location, and whether it’s benign or suspicious.

DEKA SmartXide Touch CO2 ablative laser

DEKA SmartXide Touch CO2 ablative laser is a cutting-edge technology that offers a range of skin removal treatments, including skin tag removal, laser mole removal treatment, and surgical removal of skin lesions. This laser is able to remove moles, warts, cysts, sebaceous cysts, keratosis, and other skin conditions with precision and minimal scarring. We have been using the DEKA SmartXide Touch CO2 laser for skin surgeries, ensuring that patients receive the highest quality care. Prior to the procedure, patients are advised to see their GP to determine the best course of treatment. After the removal by laser, the skin may look darker for the first 3 months and it may take a few days for a scab to form and new skin to emerge.

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