How is laser mole removal performed ?
The mole will be examined by the doctor first. The skin will be cleaned and then numbed with a topical anaesthetic agent such as lidocaine cream or injection. A carbon dioxide laser is used to gently ablate the mole bit by bit until it is completely removed. The procedure takes about 5 to 10 minutes for each mole depending on mole size. Antibiotic cream will be applied to the treated area after the procedure. There will be scab formation at the treated area for a week for laser mole removal on the face and two weeks for laser mole removal on the body. It is important to wear sunscreen and avoid excessive sunlight exposure after treatment.
Can the mole be removed in a single treatment session ?
Smaller moles usually need one or two sessions of laser mole removal while larger moles will require more treatment sessions. The treatments should be performed at monthly intervals.
What are the limitations of laser mole removal ?
Laser mole removal is usually not suitable for very large moles or suspected cancerous moles. Excision and biopsy is the preferred treatment for these moles It is important to always have any odd shaped moles or other skin irregularities checked by a medical professional.
What are the possible complications from laser mole removal ?
Immediate complications from laser mole removal include swelling, redness and pain. However, the risk of complications is low if proper care is taken.
Mole removal should always be performed by a trained medical professional. Home mole removal or mole removal by unlicensed practitioners should be avoided no matter how minor the mole seems to appear. Complications that can arise from improper mole removal include infection, bleeding, nerve damage and even permanent scarring. Mole removal performed by a an experienced medical professional significantly reduces the risk of complications.