Skin growths such as moles, skin tag, milia seeds, warts, can all be removed with an ablative laser.
An ablative laser is a laser that burns or cut the skin and remove any unwanted, excess growth. The ablative laser targets only on the growth without burning the other areas of the skin. This reduces chances of scarring and increase the rate of healing of the skin.
Moles can occur at any part of the skin or body. They can also appear in areas after sun damage.
An ablative laser is used to target the darker pigments of the moles and this causes the pigments of the mole to be ‘burnt off’. If the mole is larger or too deep, it is recommended to be done over a 2-3 sessions to ensure minimal scarring.
The most common area that we notice milia seeds are under the eye area. Milia seeds occur when dead skin, oil or even make up gets build up and trapped under the skin.
Some milia seeds can get expelled by the skin naturally; Milia seeds that remain embedded in the skin can be effectively laser-ed away in 1-2 sessions.
Skin tags are tiny growth of skin that is usually grey or brown in colour. They usually appear at areas where there is more friction, such as the neck, sides of the face, the body, and underarms. Skin tags are more common with age. Most skin tags can be laser-ed off with just 1 session.
Other common skin growths that can be laser-ed away include syringoma (cholesterol deposits), warts, and cherry angiomas (small red spots on the face, arms, or body). The process of removal is similar for all these skin lesions.
Is it painful?
Numbing cream is applied for smaller moles, milia seeds, and skin tags. This maximizes comfort during removal.
Small local anaesthesia injections are done for bigger and deeper growths for better comfort.
Will there be scarring?
Small moles and lesions can be removed without scarring. However, for bigger lesions, removal done over a few sessions reduces the chances of scarring.
With proper after care such as sun avoidance and no excessive picking, scarring can be avoided.
What is the appropriate after care?
After the procedure, scabbing will occur over the mole or burnt area. As the healing progresses, scabs will start peeling off after 4-5 days. Before scabbing heals, avoid scrubs or acids over the area.
A steroid cream applied for 3-5 days after the procedure helps prevent hyperpigmentation. Ample sunscreen application and sun exposure avoidance is recommended for at least 3-4 weeks