CO2 Laser Therapy
Our dermatology service is able to remove small masses and treat certain dermatological conditions with our CO2 laser. This treatment has several benefits over conventional surgery:
1.) Most procedures can be done by numbing the skin prior to the procedure. Often sedation and general anesthesia can be avoided.
2.) Less pain – the CO2 laser seals the nerve endings and little to no pain is experienced.
3.) Minimal hemorrhage (bleeding) and tissue destruction. The laser is a precise tool giving the dermatologist excellent control on how much tissue will be removed. This also limits post-operative swelling and inflammation.
4.) If a patient has multiple masses/tumors, conventional surgery may be too time consuming to be performed.
Below is a list of diseases in which laser treatment is recommended:
1. Removal of small masses: examples include sebaceous adenomas (warts), skin tags and papilloma’s.
2. Removal of cysts.
3. Removal of hemangiomas – small red areas caused by UV light. These tumor types can turn malignant.
4. Removal of tumors in difficult locations such as on the ears and tail.