Mole Removal Surgery

Mole Removal Surgery
 
 

Laser surgery can be used to get rid of small and flat moles that have developed fairly recently. It is often worked used on areas in which it would be difficult to cut out the mole. Laser mole removal surgery works by absorbing the mole’s pigment and then breaking it up. As the laser seals the blood vessels, there is no need for stitches. Your doctor will be able to offer advice on whether a particular mole is suitable for laser mole removal surgery.

What is involved?

Before the procedure is carried out, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. General anesthetic may be needed in some cases but this poses greater risks and is not the preferred course of action. You may feel some discomfort while the treatment is being conducted, and this can vary from very slight through to more significant. This discomfort may come in the form of a tingling sensation but it has also been described as being similar to an elastic band pinging against the skin.

What happens afterwards?

Your skin is likely to become red and sore soon after laser surgery has been performed. A scab will form but this should disappear around a fortnight later. While the wound is healing, exposure to the sun should be reduced as much as possible. Your skin will be more sensitive after laser treatments so this means that it is less likely to become irritated while you’re out and about. It’s difficult to avoid having any exposure to the sun so when you do need to go out in it, make sure that you apply a good sunscreen and cover up well.

Are there any risks?

Laser mole removal surgery can result in infection but the risks are not large. Scarring is also less likely with this form of mole removal surgery, especially in comparison to other forms of mole removal surgery (such as excision, which almost always leaves considerable scarring that may be more prominent than the mole that was removed). Skin discoloration may occur but this should become less noticeable over time. There is also a risk that the surgery will not be entirely successful. For some moles, the pigment will only be reduced and full removal will not be possible.

How much does it cost?

Laser treatment is one of the more expensive forms of mole removal surgery. One session can cost as much as $400 and more than one session will often be necessary to fully remove a mole. The larger the mole, the more likely it is that multiple sessions will be required. The costs of having an anesthetic will not usually be included in this price so this is something to bear in mind when weighing up the total costs. If the treatment is being carried out for cosmetic reasons, it will not usually be covered on health insurance policies. However, if the mole is being removed for health reasons (for example, if it is becoming a nuisance or causing considerable distress), it may be covered.

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