Moles, or nevi, are frequently removed for a variety of reasons. They can be removed by two surgical methods:
1. excision with a knife (cutting) followed by stitches or
2. laser excision (no knife) by removing fine layers of tissue until the mole is gone
Firstly, the skin is anesthetized to that you feel no pain at all. After that, the area is prepared and you will wear some safety laser goggles during the procedure. The laser is then used to eliminate the mole and it will heal without the need for stitches or their removal. There will be no line scar when the healing is complete.
As with any medical procedure, the level of pain experienced varies with each patient. Generally there is no pain at all with the procedure as the area will be numbed.
Noticeable results will appear immediately following the treatment. The area will heal over a period of several weeks. Final results are dependent upon the depth and area of the treatment, as well as your body's natural healing abilities. The improvements are gradual, and take place as your skin heals. Your skin can continue to heal for months following the treatments.
The effects of the procedure depend entirely upon your skin type, and the exact treatment that you are receiving. There are some risks associated with the procedure, but because they vary with each patient, your physician will discuss them with you upon examination.
The majority of patients have a short recovery time of 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the procedure. The area will have to be kept moist following the treatment. The initial redness will fade shortly, and make-up(if required) can be worn almost immediately.
Visit the clinic for a consultation with Dr. Crippen to assess your moles and see if laser treatment would be right for you.