Seborrheic Keratosis: Laser Treatment

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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.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology

Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015