Seborrheic keratoses can be removed using a laser, an intense beam of light that burns and destroys the growth. Laser light cleans (sterilizes) and seals as it cuts tissue, which reduces bleeding, pain, and healing time.
A laser procedure may be done in your doctor's office or clinic. Numbing medicine isn't usually needed. But if it is needed, a topical anesthetic may be put on your skin to numb the area. After laser treatment, the wound will be painful for a few days. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to clean and care for your wound.
Laser treatment normally causes no scarring. But it can cause permanent skin lightening.
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Current as ofOctober 13, 2016
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