CO2 Laser Mole/Warts Removal

What is CO2 Laser Mole/Warts Removal?

CO2 laser treatment uses a concentrated beam of light to precisely target and evaporate the wart tissue. The laser’s energy is absorbed by the water content within the cells of the wart, vaporizing them layer by layer. This method is highly controlled, which minimizes damage to surrounding healthy skin.

How does CO2 Laser Wart Removal work?

The CO2 laser emits a high-energy beam of laser, which is absorbed by the water in the wart’s cells. This absorption rapidly heats and vaporizes the cells, effectively destroying the wart tissue. The laser also cauterizes blood vessels, reducing bleeding and aiding in the prevention of infection. Additionally, the heat generated by the laser promotes the body’s natural healing processes.

What is CO2 Laser Treatment best suited for?

CO2 laser treatment is suited for:

  • Plane warts that can occur on the face, neck, trunk and limbs.
  • Small common warts that appear on hands and feet.
  • Small plantar warts, which are found on the soles of the feet.
  • Small periungual warts around or under the nails.

What to expect during treatment?

The area around the wart will be cleaned, and a local anesthetic cream will be applied to minimize discomfort. During the treatment, you will not feel anything or just a series of quick sensations as the laser pulses. The duration of the session depends on the size and number of warts but generally lasts only 10-30 minutes.

What are the treatment areas?

CO2 laser can treat warts nearly anywhere on the body, including:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Genital areas

Is the treatment painful?

The sensation of a CO2 laser treatment is often minimal or likened to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Local anesthesia is usually sufficient to manage discomfort during the procedure. Post-treatment, there may be some soreness, similar to a minor burn, which typically subsides within a day.

How many sessions are needed to see results?

Many warts require only a single CO2 laser treatment session to be effectively removed. However, larger or more persistent warts may need a follow-up session.

How soon can I see results from?

Results from CO2 laser wart removal are typically seen immediately, as the wart tissue is vaporized. The wounds of the treated area will form a small scab that falls off as the skin heals over the following weeks.

What to avoid after the treatment?

Post-treatment, you should avoid:

Picking at the treatment site, which can cause scarring.

Excessive sweating; keep the area dry to avoid infection.

Direct sun exposure; use a broad-spectrum sunscreen on the treated area and reapply every 2 hours

Are there any side effects?

Like any medical procedure, CO2 laser wart removal can have side effects, although they are usually minor and transient. Possible side effects include:

  • Redness and swelling at the treatment site.
  • Pain or discomfort after the anesthesia wears off.
  • A temporary change in skin color (lighter or darker) at the treatment site.
  • Scarring, which is rare.

To ensure optimal results and minimize the risk of side effects, it is crucial to follow the aftercare instructions provided by doctor.

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