Over time, your skin is affected by exposure to UV light and aging, which can cause pigmentary changes on the surface of the skin. The result can be sun or age spots as well as freckles and moles. Moles are skin growths that develop when skin cells grow in a cluster. Usually skin cells spread out, but sometimes there is a miscommunication and they grow all in one place. Usually brown or black and begin as flat tan freckles. However, they can grow and change color over time due to sun exposure, pregnancy, or during the teen years and become raised and dark.
Most of the time, moles are benign. However, they can also be indicators of cancerous growths under the skin. Moles that change in color and size should be checked by a qualified dermatologist for cancerous qualities. Regardless of the pigmentary condition, the LightPod Neo can safely and effectively treat your skin lesion, resulting in an even and uniform skin tone.
Laser Mole Removal Procedure
Removing a mole using a laser involves numbing the area using an ice pack. Afterwards, a laser is used to excise the pigmentation in the mole. The pigment is then cleared away by the body’s natural healing processes. A scab forms over the mole which eventually falls away.
The area may turn darker for a few days after the procedure. However, this can be covered up by cosmetics. Patients should avoid exposing the area to sunlight for at least six weeks and use sunscreen when they are outside.
The procedure is generally safe and the risk of scarring is minimal (about 1 percent). Whether or not it is painful depends a lot on the patient’s pain threshold. Some people report feeling a slight tingling during the procedure that feels like someone is snapping a rubber band against their skin.
Pros and Cons of Laser Mole Removal
- The primary benefit of laser mole removal is that it is noninvasive. Because there is no cutting or burning of the skin, the risk of infection is significantly reduced.
- Lasers is also able to reach areas of the body such as the face or nose that may be difficult to treat using other methods. Lastly, multiple moles can be treated during one session.
- One of the major disadvantages of laser mole removal is that the laser cannot reach deep into the skin. Keep in mind that some procedures may require more than one treatment. Nevi with deep roots will need multiple treatments to effectively remove using a laser.
- Another disadvantage is that the laser destroys the mole. People considering using this method should have the mole tested first for cancerous properties before undergoing the procedure.