Laser surgery uses an intense beam of light, or laser, to burn and destroy many soft tissue lesions. It is usually done in a doctor's office or clinic. For a convenience to our patients, we have a laser unit in our office. Typically, Dr. Szalach uses the laser to remove warts, skin tags, and small benign skin lesions. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area.
Lasers do not cut through bone or remove bunions or hammertoes.
Laser surgery may be considered when:
Medicine (topical acids) has failed, and it is necessary to remove the lesion.
Cryosurgery (liquid nitrogen) has failed.
Warts/lesions are large or widespread.
Following laser surgery, the wound will be painful for a few days. Recovery time depends on the location and number of warts/lesions removed.