Benign marks, skin growths, keratoses and fibrons can be removed in three ways. During consultation the doctor will choose which way.
The first way is by excision or conventional surgical removal of marks under local anaesthesia. Depending on the extent, the wound (usually measuring 5-6 mm) will be left to heal or is stitched up.
The second option is the removal of marks and skin growths by gradual “evaporation” using a high performance CO2 laser, which works on the principle of selective photothermolysis – targeted destruction of tissue by heat. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia so there is virtually no bleeding of the nidus and takes several minutes. The procedure leaves a dry scab which can be covered up with make-up and comes away in 7-10 days. The advantage is that it leaves an almost invisible scar.
The third option of the removal of benign marks and skin growths is thermodestruction using electrocautery. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and lasts several minutes leaving a scab which comes away within 14 days.