Atypical moles that have not been examined
What Is The Procedure?
The skin is numbed, after which a low setting laser is used to decrease or remove the brown pigmentation of the mole. Procedure time varies depending on the size and severity of the mole.
Is The Procedure Painful?
Some people have indicated that they feel a slight tingling when the laser pulses, or that the laser pulse feels like the snap of a rubber band against the skin.
What Should I Expect After The Treatment?
After treatment, the area may appear darker or redden. The mole will turn into a scab which should fall off within 2 weeks. Because of the sensitive new skin under the mole, sunscreen should be used for 6 weeks following the procedure although sun exposure should be avoided entirely if possible.
Risks Of Laser Mole Removal
Generally, noninvasive surgery is performed either with local anesthesia or no anesthesia, but some procedures may require general anesthesia, which always poses a risk. In most cases, infection is the biggest risk of any noninvasive surgery and is minimal compared to other surgical procedures. Gloves and sterilization materials should be used.
Possible Problems of Laser Mole Removal
Possible problems include incomplete treatment of the problem, pain, infection, bleeding, scarring, and skin color changes. While scarring is not a big risk of this procedure, some skin discoloration may occur which is said to decrease over time. There is a chance that laser treatments will only lighten the mole and not remove it entirely.
How much does laser treatment cost?
The cost varies greatly as several treatments may be required. Some claim treatments are as low as $50 per session while others state the prices as $400 and up per session.
How many sessions are needed?
Typically, 3 sessions are needed for a successful treatment. Some patients may see a change in one session (flat moles) while others require more than three (protruding moles). As with surgery, make sure to receive an all inclusive quote for the procedure. (ex: anesthesia, equipment fees, etc.)
Will insurance cover the procedure?
Laser mole removal is considered a cosmetic procedure , therefore not covered by most insurance companies. Financing options may be available for laser mole removal.