What Are Moles?
Many growths can develop on the surface of the skin either in childhood or later on in life. Most lesions are completely BENIGN (non-cancerous) and removal is strictly for cosmetic purposes. Although people normally refer to them as moles, there are a variety of unwanted growths that can occur on the face or body. The most common type of lesion is an intradermal nevus (IDN) which is an elevated dome-shaped mole that appears on the surface of the skin. Other common lesions are fibromas (benign fibrous tissue), angiofibromas (benign fibrous tissue with blood supply making it red), sebaceous gland hyperplastia (SGH) (enlarged oil glands), seborrheic keratosis (SK) (pigmented, warty-type growths that often appear to be “stuck-on” to the surface of the skin) or skin tags. Some types of growths are easier to remove than others, but most are amenable to removal with the Ultrapulse Co2 Laser.
Lesions on the chest, upper arms and shoulder always have a much higher risk of developing a scar simply due to the location. With constant movement in those areas, the body tries to protect itself and develops more scar tissue. At times we will encourage you to simply leave these lesions in place.
In most cases, removal with the Co2 laser results in an excellent cosmetic result. There may be a slight elevation that remains as we try to remain superficial so as not to leave an indented scar. Other lesions such as SGH, have a 3-dimenseional shape that can leave a small indentation as the oil gland shrinks. As the laser cauterizes as it cuts, there is little or no bleeding following the procedure and no sutures are required resulting in the best possible cosmetic outcome.
In all cases, but especially with dark colored moles, there is a small chance that there may be some residual pigment that is visible once the lesion has been removed. Most times the area will be flat and there will some pigment that remains, similar to a flat, dark freckle. Once the area has healed, this can be removed with our QX MAX laser This laser does NOT cut the surface of the skin, but rather shatters the remaining pigment allowing your body to naturally remove it.