Laser Mole Removal

Laser Mole Removal

An outpatient surgical procedure, mole removal using laser is performed sans the use of anesthesia. Go through the following article to know more about it.
BeautiSecrets Staff
These black or dark brownish spots on the skin can be considered to be beauty spots all the same, but sometimes these can be a nuisance too. Well, speaking from my experience, I would say that thankfully for me, moles have not been a show spoiler. They have in fact enhanced my looks! But for some, these skin moles could turn out to be a nightmare. That is in case they are too big or have cropped up anew, because you can be born with moles. So in case you develop moles later, they might be a problem which will have to be dealt with by a dermatologist. Moreover, if these are potentially cancerous, it is always the safest bet to get rid of them to avoid further complications. Amongst several ways of getting rid of moles, removing them with the use of laser is fast becoming a popular method. In case you wanted to know about laser mole removal, the article will be exactly all about that!

Procedure

To describe simply, a mole removal involves using laser produced with the help of carbon dioxide gas. The procedure goes thus - the area concerned is made numb and then the dermatologist directs a low level CO2 pulsating laser at the mole. This decreases or gets rid of the dark pigmentation of the mole. Some of those who have gone through the procedure say that it feels like being hit by a rubber band. Generally it takes around 3 sittings for removing the mole completely. The area around the mole becomes red or brown typically. As the skin heals, it will form a scab over it, which will fall off on its own within 2 weeks. Basically what happens is that the mole gets an overdose of light, breaking apart. Smaller moles and those with pigment are best suited for laser removal.

Recovery and Risks

It takes around 2 weeks for the affected skin to heal. The scab which develops after the laser treatment falls off automatically, which heals the skin and the mole is removed. Be prepared to see some scars develop as a result of the laser procedure, though these will gradually fade over time. Apart from this, post the removal, the skin becomes very sensitive. Hence the patients are advised to use sunscreen lotion on the respective area for a minimum of 6 weeks to protect the skin and for ensuring skin care. Sun exposure if possible should be entirely avoided. As far as risks are concerned, risks are not too frequently experienced by the person undergoing the surgery. However, in a few cases, there could be scarring, infection, bleeding and perhaps even skin color changes. In addition to this, laser mole removal might not reflect a drastic difference. The reason could be that sometimes it may not result in complete removal of the mole. It will just lighten the mole. But bleeding is very rare and generally does not happen.

All in all, if the mole is small, a flat or new one, and if it is hampering your self-confidence and your looks, laser treatment is the way to go. But before you take the decision, it is better to consult a dermatologist, to avoid any problems later.