In many instances, moles are harmless and no treatment is necessary. Moles are generally removed for cosmetic reasons or because there is a potential risk for skin cancer. Laser mole removal is one of the preferred methods depending on the characteristics of the mole such as color, shape and size. The majority of moles develop over time due to exposure to the sun. Sometimes, the individual has simply been born with a mole. If the protruding mole, skin tag or flat mole has been stable since the individual was born with no change of shape or rapid growth, the mole could be easily removed with a laser treatment. If there have been any changes in contour or color, the mole should be biopsied to make certain there is no link to skin cancer prior to being removed.
When skin melanocyte cells become concentrated, the result is a mole. The clusters of these cells are the reason moles are obvious to the eye. These cells are responsible for producing the pigment providing your skin with natural color. Moles can result from genetics, hormonal changes, sunburns or too much exposure to the sun. Sun exposure can also cause the number of existing moles to increase. It can also cause existing moles to become darker. Skin tags are a type of growth with a narrow and small stalk. They are generally painless, the same color of the skin or a little bit darker. Flat moles are classified as an irregularity or dark spot on the skin. Raised moles are much deeper than flat moles and come in a fairly wide variety of colors.
Acquired moles are developed after birth. This is usually within the first twenty years of the individual’s life. Individuals with this type of mole are generally at a higher risk for melanoma. Congenital moles or nevi are found when an infant is born. Only one percent of all babies born have a congenital nevus. An atypical mole is also called dysplastic nevi. This kind of mole has the greatest risk of becoming cancerous. This type of mole has a distinct shape and is much larger in size. A pigmented lesion is a flat or raised spot present on the skin. The color is either tan, blue-black or brownish. This can appear as a freckle, mole, birthmark, sunspot or age spot. The mole should be examined by a medical professional if certain characteristics are present. This includes:
• If the mole is asymmetric
• If the mole contains different colors
• If there is continuous growth
• If the borders are uneven
• If the mole exceeds six millimeters
Laser mole removal at our office uses the latest in technology for the removal of unwanted moles. The procedure is safe, fast and the individual should not feel any major discomfort. It is important to have your mole removed by a trained and experienced professional to ensure you receive the best results. In the past, lasers were not effective for removing moles. This was due to the limitations of technology. The main issue was the lasers did not have the capability necessary for penetrating deeply enough to successfully remove the mole. Modern lasers have improved significantly. The numerous improvements in laser technology enable much deeper penetration of lasers. Lasers are now capable of removing moles without the need for surgery. Any injury or disturbances are minimal to the surrounding tissues with an extremely low chance of scarring.
Before you have your mole removed using laser technology, you need to see a professional to have your mole diagnosed. The majority of moles are benign and can easily be removed with a laser. This being said, there are also moles that change in appearance, shape or size. The reason for having this type of mole biopsied is to make certain there is no cancer. If there is even the slightest chance the mole may be cancerous, the entire mole and a great deal of the surrounding skin must be removed through surgery. The shape and size of the mole are extremely important when determining if laser mole removal is your best option for having the mole removed. Laser treatment is most often recommended for the removal of flat moles with no protrusion above the surface of your skin. Flat moles are generally either black or brown and have been there since you were born.
The laser emits an intense and targeted light that penetrates through the upper layer of skin. The laser light then generates bursts of radiation that vaporize the skin. There is no damage sustained by the underlying skin and no bleeding associated with this procedure. The majority of moles will require a series of treatments before being eradicated completely. The actual number of treatments you will require will be determined by the professional during your initial consultation. Although many individuals still believe the best way to remove a mole is by shaving or cutting, there are numerous drawbacks. Both of these techniques often result in scarring and are generally difficult to use when the area is sensitive such as the ears or face. The laser can be positioned easily for the targeting of small, difficult-to-reach areas and is effective for removing more than one mole during one session.
The Procedure for Laser Mole Removal
Laser mole removal is when laser light energy is released to target the area where the mole is located. Just the pigment of the skin will absorb the laser light energy. The pigment is then broken down. The body carries away the pigment, which is absorbed during the process of healing. Only a series of quick and convenient treatments are necessary for the removal of most flat moles, sunspots and aging spots. Additional treatments are usually necessary for certain nevi and birthmarks because they are much deeper in the pigment. The majority of individuals need multiple treatments for their mole to be removed completely. However, it all depends on the unique case.
Wearing sunscreen is highly recommended after your procedure. The length of your procedure will depend on how many moles you are having removed and their size, among other factors. It is important to know the laser method has been safely and successfully used for numerous years, and the technology has only improved over time.
It is important to refrain from picking at your treatment area and to wash it using care. You need to allow your skin to heal. Your initial consultation will involve explaining the procedure, telling you about aftercare and answering your questions. The actual laser mole removal procedure should only require minutes of your time.
Numerous individuals with moles on different areas of their body have them removed with lasers whether the moles resulted from excessive sun exposure or were there from birth. Moles are an accumulation of pigmented cells. Moles that are present when the individual was born are referred to as congenital nevi. This type of mole is often removed using lasers. Depending on the specifics of the moles, there are different techniques that can be used. Using lasers to remove moles has become one of the most popular techniques currently available. This is because technology has enabled lasers to penetrate deep enough into the skin to successfully remove the mole.
In some cases, local anesthesia is not necessary for mole removal. This decision is made by the medical professional according to the size of the mole and other factors. In many instances, anesthesia is simply not necessary. The chances of this treatment resulting in a scar are extremely slim. Taking proper care of the area after the treatment is necessary to help prevent any scarring. You will be given instructions from the medical professional after your treatment. Following these instructions is important to ensure that you heal properly and get the best results from the treatment.
The Benefits of Laser Mole Removal
This method offers a lot of advantages when compared to the alternatives. The procedure is an effective and fast way of eliminating a mole from an individual’s face or other area without leaving any noticeable scarring behind. The majority of individuals do not need any type of sedation during their procedure. The healing process is simple and extremely manageable. The treatment itself is fast and straightforward. The professional has exceptional control over the area where the laser energy is applied.
Since procedures using a laser device are more effective than most of the other technology, the individual may need fewer applications. That means this technique is faster than the other options since fewer sessions will most likely be required. In most cases, the mole is virtually eliminated. However, sometimes it just fades. Results vary from patient to patient based on a number of factors.
The main benefit of this treatment is it is non-invasive. Since the skin is not burned or cut, the infection risk is dramatically reduced. Lasers are also capable of targeting specific areas of the body that other treatment options often have a difficult time reaching. It is also possible to treat more than one mole during the same session. The additional benefits include:
• Eliminating moles that make it difficult to shave
• Eliminating the health risks associated with pre-cancerous moles
• Enhancing the appearance of your skin with clearer and smoother skin
• Decreasing the skin irritation often resulting from the mole rubbing against jewelry or clothing
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Please feel free to talk to our professionals at Lasting Skin Solutions for more information about laser mole removal at our office in Fitchburg. Contact us today to book your appointment and get started. We look forward to hearing from you!