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What type of skin lesions can be treated with laser?
Only certain types of skin cancers and skin lesions can be treated with our CO2 or ND YAG laser:
- Superficial basal cell cancers, located on the face, body or limbs
- Superficial SCCs known as Bowen’s disease
- Sun-damage , sunspots or solar keratosis on the face, neck, or chest
- Skin cancers such as SCCs, invasive BCCs or Melanomas CANNOT be treated with laser therapy
- Other types of common skins lesions that amenable to laser surgery include seborrheic keratosis, moles, stubborn warts and skin tags.
What are the advantages of laser surgery?
Lasers are precise cutting tools that eliminates the need for sutures, incisions and skin flaps, which significantly reduces the risk of infections and a leaves a much less noticeable scar behind. Lasers can also be used to treat delicate areas on the body such as lips, nose, and face. If used appropriately, laser surgery can be very effective, with a cure rate for the treatment of BCC over 95%. Laser surgery can also be very quick – as many as 10-15 moles can be removed in just 30 minutes.
Is it worth getting my mole(s) removed?
Not all moles are cancerous, but certainly some can be or can eventually become cancerous. People with a large number of moles (greater than 20) are known to be associated with a higher risk of developing melanoma – the most lethal form of skin cancer. If a mole has changed in shape, size or colour recently, the best option is to have a surgical excision but for most other types of moles, laser surgery is a very safe and effective treatment.
How long is the laser procedure?
Laser surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes from 15 minutes to 1 hour to perform, depending on the number of lesions, complexity or location of the lesion. The treated area will be numbed up with an anaesthetic injection and you will be given special eye protection to wear during the treatment.
What are the risks of laser surgery?
The treated area will be red for a while and some cases remain that way for up to 6 months. Other potential risks include:
- Skin cancer regrowth