Is Using Laser to Remove Moles Right for You?

Laser Therapy Mole Removal

Mole removal treatment has four different techniques which are commonly used. They are:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Excision
  • Natural removal
  • Laser therapy

A lot of factors have to be understood and considered in order to determine which method of treatment is the most suitable for a person. The surgeon or dermatologist has to offer the best course of treatment of mole removal to the patient after carefully examining and reviewing all available options. Doctors take into consideration the kind of mole to be removed in order to find the best technique of mole removal suitable for the patient. There are two common types of moles.

  1. Moles that the patient is born with.  Sun exposure early on in life may also cause these types of moles.
  2. Moles that are constantly growing and may appear to have some changes in color as they grow.

Laser therapy is usually used for the first type of moles i.e. moles that are flat and small like ones the patient is born with or has developed due to exposure to the sun. Laser therapy cannot help in the removal of the second type of moles i.e. ones that are large in size and old or protrude out from the surface of the skin. These can be very difficult to remove through laser therapy as these types of moles go deep within the skin. The patient would have to undergo numerous sessions of laser therapy to get desired results as laser therapy is incapable of penetrating deep into the surface of the skin. And there is always a danger of the mole growing back if not treated properly, thus the dermatologist or surgeon must also examine how deep the mole is before using laser therapy to remove the mole.

Usually before the procedure for the removal of a mole using laser therapy, the surgeon gives the patient a local anesthetic to manage the pain. However the size of the mole to be removed decides if at all a local anesthetic is needed for the procedure. Few surgeons may not prescribe the use of a local anesthetic to the area of the mole removal as the pain felt by the patient will be very minimal. In comparative terms, the pain felt during the laser therapy removal is almost equivalent to the pain felt when you’re being hit by a rubber band.  A handheld laser of mild intensity is used to the burn the mole of the surface of the skin. The surrounding skin around the mole becomes red or brown and the skin will scab over as it slowly heals over the next a period of two or three weeks. The need for stitches is eliminated due to the scabbing that occurs after the procedure. In fact, the lack of stitches after the procedure is a compelling reason for patients to undergo this type of mole removal treatment. However, the patient must be careful not to expose the mole scar to direct sunlight during the process of healing.

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