We are pleased to offer mole, lesion and skin tag removal options which minimize the chance of scarring, particularly on the face. They are preferable to liquid nitrogen which can sometimes leave scarring and may not get to the root of the lesion.
Our Doctors always begin with a careful assessment of the area to rule out medical concerns. If there are any concerns, the lesion will be removed by excision and sent to the lab for testing.
For cosmetic lesions, we most commonly recommend the following options:
The Carbon Dioxide (CO2) laser ablates the surface of the lesion (mole/skin tag) to leave it flush with the skin's surface. The main advantage of laser mole removal is the outstanding cosmetic outcome and quick healing time. Compared to excision (cutting out) which leaves an obvious scar, most patients find the scar is barely noticeable (if at all) after CO2 laser. The treatment is very comfortable - the treatment area may be numbed prior with a topical numbing cream and/or injectable lidocaine.
KTP Short for potassium titanyl-phosphate, the KTP laser is designed to gently remove the blood vessels just below the skin’s surface that ultimately cause redness associated with scarring or even with rosacea. At certain settings, it is effective at removing lesions such as seborrheic keratoses (benign growths), skin tags and solar lentigos (darkened skin spots).
Please note if any skin lesion is removed for solely cosmetic reasons, the service is not be covered by BC's MSP.