24 Jan Perfectra Laser
Laser For Moles Removal
Does it hurt? Will the patient feel the laser?
The laser treatment itself isn’t at all painful. The local anaesthetic given prior to the procedure can sting a little, like any injection. But once it has started working, the patient will not feel the laser treatment when it begins. The Doctor will test that the area is numb before starting.
How long does it take to heal?
The area heals like a graze so takes approximately 10-14 days to achieve a smooth pink mark. This colour then fades over the following few weeks.
What will it look like afterwards?
Immediately afterwards, the mole will be gone and a small red mark will be where the mole was before. This is covered up with some ointment and a small dressing which can be removed the next morning. The red mark then forms a scab over the following few days before dropping off to leave a smooth red piece of new skin.
When the can the patient return to work?
Patients can return to work straight away in most cases as the procedure is similar in nature to attending the Dentist. If the moles have been removed from a visible place then people could notice where they have been removed.
How long should a patient wait before they can wear make-up?
Patients wishing to apply make-up to the area can do so after the scab has dropped off and the area is smooth which is usually after 10-14 days.
Why would you recommend Laser Mole Removal over other forms of removal, like Surgical Removal?
Laser Mole Removal is much less ‘invasive’ than surgical excision as the skin is not broken or cut into so it is like having a graze rather than a wound from a cut. As the skin has not been broken it does not need to form a scar to heal up and this also means that the chances of infection are much less and the healing times are quicker.
Which type of moles can be treated with laser?
Some moles are less appropriate for removal by laser; for example flat moles or highly pigmented/dark moles. Moles which are raised from the skin surface are more likely to benefit from the treatment. If after examining the mole the doctor thinks that it would be safer to obtain a biopsy e.g. if the mole has recently changed in size or colour, we would advise the traditional surgical method of removal so that the sample can be sent away. Using a laser means that the mole is effectively ‘vaporised’ and there is nothing which remains to send for analysis.
Are the lasers safe?
Class 4 medical grade lasers are the most advanced technology available for the removal of skin cells. Small and powerful medical lasers have been widely used since the 1980’s following a long period of research and development. They are considered completely safe for use in a medical setting and are incredibly effective for the removal of moles and other skin lesions. And same as the standard of the surgery room in the hospital, we also use smoke evacuator during treatment to protect the harm from surgical smoke.