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Laser Surgery Mole Removal

Using laser surgery to remove moles is becoming a popular option. Laser treatments are a noninvasive method generally performed without the need for anesthesia. These treatments require no stitches, come with less risk of infection since there are no open wounds and utilize the body’s own healing system. This makes laser mole removal a valuable alternative to other surgical methods.

Type of Mole That Works Best

A mole is a flat or raised spot on the skin. It comes in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. While most moles are a shade of brown, they can also be tan or a bluish-black. Often, individuals are born with moles, but they can also appear later on due to sun exposure or periods of increased hormones such as during pregnancy.

Skin tags, small or flat moles, and those that protrude slightly are easily removed with a laser. Larger moles are more difficult because the higher the mole sits above the skin’s surface the deeper the mole has traveled into the skin. This creates problems for a laser beam because the laser’s heat cannot penetrate the mole deep enough without increasing the risk of scarring.

How Does Laser Mole Removal Work?

To remove a mole, a laser technician or physician directs a strong beam of light at the mole. This beam penetrates into the mole causing the pigmented tissue to heat up. The heat results in the mole breaking apart. This allows the body to reabsorb the pieces during the healing process. The pigment of the mole disappears as the body heals. Scabbing is normal and means the body is creating new skin to replace the mole.

Stitches are not necessary since the laser beam actually seals the blood vessels closed. Pain is minimal. Some patients have described these laser treatments as a mild stinging sensation. Others have described it as being similar to the feeling of having a rubber band snap against their skin.

How Many Treatments are Necessary to Remove Moles?

The length of time spent on each laser treatment and the number of visits required to remove moles completely can differ between individuals. Size and shape of the mole play a critical role as well as where the growth or skin tag is located. Laser mole removal takes a series of visits. The mole is not absorbed into the skin with only a single treatment. Although patients can see changes from the very first visit, generally it takes about three treatments to complete the process.

Laser Treatment Advantages

Surgical removal of moles tends to leave scars since stitches are required. This can be a concern for those with moles in prominent areas of the body such as the face or neck area. By utilizing laser mole removal techniques, unsightly growths and skin tags can be removed effortlessly without pain and scarring. Plus, the skin heals quickly, so patients can immediately return to their daily activities. No convalescence is required when lasers are used to remove moles.