In dermatology, new technologies allow providers to treat common conditions or concerns with less invasive and more effective options. At Silver Falls Dermatology, our providers offer laser surgery options for conditions including warts, unwanted moles, precancerous growths and more. Patients located in Oregon or Washington can turn to their local Silver Falls Dermatology office to learn more about this option.
What is Laser Surgery?
Laser surgery is an alternative to other surgical methods such as excision to remove unwanted lesions. The procedure works by directing a focused light beam to a small area of the skin. It then heats the targeted cells until they are sufficiently damaged, triggering the body to remove the cells.
Laser surgery may be an option to treat growths and lesions including:
- Precancerous skin cells
The Laser Surgery Procedure
Prior to your laser surgery, your provider will thoroughly sterilize the skin and apply a topical numbing agent or administer local anesthesia. You will also be instructed to wear protective eyewear. The laser will then be directed to the treatment area. This should not be painful, but you may feel a warming, tingling or snapping sensation. Most laser surgeries can be completed quickly, typically lasting no more than a few minutes. Your provider will explain expectations during a consultation.
After Laser Surgery
Your experience after laser surgery will vary depending on the condition you are treating. Generally speaking, you can expect side effects including redness, swelling and some sensitivity or discomfort as the skin heals. Your provider will give you specific instructions regarding cleansing and moisturizing the treated area to allow for proper healing. It is important to avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible, as this can result in discoloration or scarring as your skin heals after laser surgery. Symptoms including swelling or discomfort should resolve within about a week, and the skin will gradually heal and improve in appearance over the course of a month or more.
Some patients may require multiple laser treatments to reach the intended results. For example, those who are removing scars frequently require multiple sessions to fully remove the unwanted scar tissue. During a consultation, your provider can explain your treatment plan.