Wart and Mole Treatment in Ottawa
What are warts and moles?
Warts are hard bumps which can appear on any part of your skin. They start from a virus and are contagious – you can acquire a wart by coming into contact with someone else’s (through shaking hands or other means).
Moles are similar to warts except they grow slowly over years, and have a pigment and hair. Moles are not contagious but can sometimes become cancerous over time if left untreated.
How do you treat warts?
In most cases, we must first remove the excess dead skin over the wart with a sharp object (this a painless).
Then, we use the Nd:YAG laser to heat the wart deep to its root (warts are formed deep in the skin). The heat from the laser kills the wart, and it dries and falls off. This initial laser session is very effective and you may only need a single visit, however, for bigger or more problematic warts, some patients will need 1-2 extra sessions (spaced 2-3 apart).
What about vascular lesions and other lesions?
For vascular lesions such as veins, capillaries, spider angioma, and cherry angioma, we use the Nd:YAG 1064 wavelength, which is the optimal method for targeting blood pigments. When the laser touches the lesion, the energy dissipates int it, resulting in disparition of the lesion.
For most other lesions, we would use the erbium laser (Er:YAG), a very precise resurfacing laser. Used in the superficial mode (MSP), the laser removes the top layer, we scrape it with a cloth, and then continue this cycle with the laser and the manual scraping, until it has disappeared.
How do you treat solar lentigos?
Solar lentigos (also known as solar lentigines) are patches of darkened skin resulting from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which causes local proliferation of melanocytes and accumulation of melanin within the skin cells (keratinocytes).
The above process for lesions applies for solar lentigos as well, however, if treating a wide area like the face, we like to use a different technology – the Opus RF Plasma device set in the resurfacing mode.