Pros and Cons of Laser Surgery For Mole Removal

Pros and Cons of Laser Surgery For Mole Removal

Laser mole removal is one of the best mole removal surgeries for people who would like to remove a mole for cosmetic reasons for the simple fact that there is considerably less risk of scarring after such surgery.

How it Works

A laser is a thin beam of concentrated light. When the right color and density of light is placed on the mole, the cells which have clustered together begin to break down and are eventually fragmented. As the area heals, the cells are absorbed into the body again and the mole disappears.

What to Expect

doctor surgeryThe surgery is fairly quick in most cases, lasting around an hour, although this will depend on the size of the mole. It is usually performed on an out-patient basis and does not need to disrupt the patient’s life in any way.

The procedure is fairly straight forward as the laser is aimed at the mole in question. During the treatment, the patient may feel a tingling sensation, but the light is not left in one area to cause any burning sensation or pain.

After the treatment, moles will become darker in color and there may be some redness to the area. It will normally take around three sessions to remove the mole completely, depending on the size. Surgeons will advise patients to stay out of the sun wherever possible in the days following each treatment. If this is not possible, a good sun screen with high SPF should be applied to the area regularly.

Eventually, the area will begin to scab over. Leaving the scab to fall of naturally is imperative to avoid scarring although, on extremely rare occasions, there may be a slight scar anyway, just as there might be with any scab, though the chances are low. Once the scab has fallen off, the skin beneath may be slightly pinker or lighter in color but eventually it should become the same color as the surrounding skin and there will be no sign of a mole ever being there.

Pros

  • Virtually no risk of scarring because of the lack of cutting
  • Low risk of infection, again because of the lack of cutting, though the after care is important in obtaining the optimum results
  • Non-invasive
  • No need for anesthetic so no allergic reaction
  • Painless
  • Great for moles on the face or in areas where it might be difficult to cut
  • The treatment can be used to lighten dark moles, saving on time and money.

Cons

  • Expensive – each session may cost between 50 and 400 dollars. As it takes more than one session to remove a single mole, it could soon turn into an expensive treatment for multiple moles or particularly large ones. 
  • The laser will only penetrate the surface of the skin. Raised moles which are tougher or moles which run deep will not be affected by laser mole removal.
  • No good for cancerous moles and no tissue is left for testing therefore it is important to have a mole checked by a doctor to see if it is safe for removal before choosing this kind of surgery.

Any surgery has its risks, although laser surgery for mole removal does eliminate many of them due to the nature of the procedure. Over recent years, it has definitely become one of the most popular choices for the removal of moles on the face.

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