Laser Surgery for Skin Cancer



 
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Laser Surgery for Cancer

Laser surgery can be successful in treating certain types of cancers and pre-cancerous conditions of the face. Laser energy is used to vaporize the top layer of skin in a manner to minimize injury to the deeper layers of the skin. In conditions where the skin cancer or the pre-cancerous growth is superficial (on the skin surface), lasers can successfully remove the growth with excellent cosmetic results. Generally, as long as the skin cancer is limited to the epidermis, laser surgery can be successful.





Laser surgery for removal of superficial skin cancers

Our office is proud to offer 12 different combinations of advanced lasers and intense pulse light devices to treat nearly everything that can be treated on the skin. For laser surgery, we use a unique blend of Erbium and CO2 lasers for removal of skin cancers and precancerous skin lesions.

The following are some of the skin cancers or pre-cancerous conditions that can be treated with laser surgery:

Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma

Superficial basal cell carcinomas tend to be limited to the epidermis or just the upper portion of the dermis. Because of their superficial location, they may be successfully treated with laser surgery.





Superficial basal cell carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma in situ

Squamous cell carcinoma in situ is a type of squamous cell cancer that is limited to the epidermis and does not extend to the dermis. This type of skin cancer is also suitable for treatment with laser surgery.





Squamous cell carcinoma in situ

Bowen's Disease

Bowen's disease (also called squamous cell carcinoma in situ) is an isolated superficial reddish growth that also represents a superficial form of squamous cell cancer (Squamous cell carcinoma in situ). It can sometimes resemble a psoriasis rash. This type of skin cancer is also suitable for treatment with laser surgery.





Bowen's disease

Actinic Keratoses

Actinic keratosis is composed of sun-damaged cells in the top layer of the skin (epidermis). Actinic keratoses usually develop in skin areas that are chronically exposed to sun such as face, scalp, ears, arms, and hands. They appear as red, scaly areas which feel rough to the touch.





Multiple actinic keratoses

Actinic Cheilitis

Actinic cheilitis is actinic keratosis involving the lips (typically the lower lip, since it is more likely to get sun exposure). Actinic cheilitis appears as a raw, flaky, irritated area on the lip that may occasionally bleed and scab. Actinic cheilitis is limited to the epidermis and does not extend to the dermis. Actinic cheilitis can progress to squamous cell carcinoma of the lip if not successfully treated.





Actinic cheilitis of the lower lip

Laser surgery should be reserved for superficial skin cancers and pre-cancerous conditions and should not be used for treatment of skin cancers that extend deeper into the dermis or beyond. Laser surgery should never be used for treatment of melanoma. A number of other benign skin conditions can also be successfully treated with laser surgery. These include:

Solar Lentigo

Solar Lentigo is a benign pigmented spot that can occur on the skin. It is also called an age spot. Solar lentigos may be treated with intense pulse light or laser devices for cosmetic reasons.





Solar Lentigo

Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic keratoses (plural of Seborrheic keratosis) are very common non-cancerous growths of the outer layer of skin (epidermis). There may be isolated or may occur in clusters. They are usually brown, but can vary in color from light tan to black and range in size from a few millimeters to several centimeters. Seborrheic keratoses have a waxy, "pasted-on" or "stuck-on" appearance. Seborrheic keratoses may be treated with intense pulse light or laser devices for cosmetic reasons.





Seborrheic keratosis

Contact Us

If you are interested in pursuing laser surgery for your skin condition you may contact us to schedule an appointment. If you are not sure about what treatment would be ideal for your condition, one of our nursing staff will contact you and conduct a phone interview to assess how we may best serve your needs.


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