Mole and Lesion Removal
The best method for mole removal depends on different characteristics of the mole including size, shape, and color. With most moles (pigmented areas) we are either born with them, or they appear over time as we expose our skin to the sun. For flat moles, skin tags, or protruding moles that have been relatively stable since birth, treatment with laser or excision can remove them easily.
How does the laser work to remove pigmented lesions?
The laser delivers light in very short, high intensity pulses which pass through the skin. The rapid absorption of light causes the pigment molecule to destruct. The pigment molecule is then removed by the body’s natural filtering system.
What type of pigmented lesions can be treated?
Pigmented lesions occur in approximately 15% of the population. Lentigo (age or sun spots), café au lait birthmarks and certain moles can be removed. The laser can treat these spots anywhere on the body, more commonly on the face, hands, and chest.
What can I expect during the treatment?
The treatment causes immediate whitening of the pigmented area followed by purple discoloration and mild crusting which may last 5 to 10 days. For the majority of lesions only one treatment is required, however, depending on the size, color, and depth more than one treatment may be required. A burning sensation will be felt at the time of treatment and for 1 to 3 hours afterwards. The majority of clients can tolerate the treatment without any anesthetic. An antibiotic ointment will be applied to the treated areas.
How do I take care of it at home?
You may shower as usual just allowing the water to fall over the treated area. No scrubbing or picking on the area. Apply an antibiotic ointment for a few days. It is not necessary to cover, however, you may if you want.
Are there any alternatives available?
Bleaching creams, Retin-A, sunblocks and liquid nitrogen are the traditional treatments for brown skin disorders. The advantage of using laser is the treatment is more precise, predictable, and uniform results can be achieved in less time.
What are the side effects?
Very rarely pigmentation changes can occur either lightening or darkening the skin. Rarely will it be persistent or permanent. There is also a remote risk of scarring and texture changes.