The Pros and Cons to Laser Treatments for Cosmetic Mole Removal
Most of us have freckles or moles on our body or face. Some of them we simply learn to live with. Other moles would be best removed for cosmetic reasons. If you are looking into having one or more of them removed for cosmetic reasons, you may be interested in learning more about the laser treatment option.
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These treatments are a great option for those who are looking to remove unwanted moles from their face and body. The more you learn about this treatment, the better you’ll be able to make the right decision to help you meet your cosmetic needs.
Just what is laser treatment?
Laser mole removal is an option for removing blemishes from the skin of those who may not be interested in surgical excision of them. Surgical removal can often lead to increased scarring, and it can be the costlier alternative. Some moles certainly are better suited for being removed surgically, while others will respond to the laser therapies without issue.
The pros of laser treatment
There are a number of pros to getting them removed using the laser treatment option. When you meet your doctor for the initial consultation, be sure that you ask all of your questions and raise all of your concerns.
Some of the pros of laser treatment include the following.
- Laser treatments are minimally invasive procedures.
- There are no incisions to worry about healing.
- Patients don’t require any downtime after treatment.
- It can offer precise targeting of the moles.
- They result in minimal scarring.
- There are fewer risks for site infection.
- Laser treatments see rapid site healing, with scars that can be further treated with laser therapy to further minimise their appearance.
The cons of laser treatment
As with any type of treatment, there are often some cons to consider prior to making your final treatment decision.
Some of the potential cons of laser treatment include the following:
- It is only suitable for moles that are smaller in size.
- Larger ones are often best and most efficiently removed via surgery.
- Moles that are raised or are deep-rooted cannot be removed by lasers. They are better suited to surgical excision in order to minimise the potential for trauma to the skin.
Recovering from laser mole removal therapy
Patients find that recovering from laser mole removal treatment is very rapid, and typically uncomplicated. The treated area may be red, swollen and a bit tender for a few days after the procedure. This should pass pretty rapidly, and any pain can be controlled with over the counter pain relievers. The treated area should scab over and start to heal.
Be sure to protect your healing skin from sun damage, by using a strong sunscreen.
You don’t need to live a life with one or more moles that don’t allow you to look and feel your best. Removal of unwanted ones can restore your confidence and allow you to show off your skin with pride.
This article first appeared in Demotix.