The super pulsed carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is the most widely used laser to treat various skin conditions. It emits a colourless mid-infrared light, which is rapidly absorbed in water.
As our skin contains a very high water percentage, this makes the CO2 laser an ideal medical tool for precise and safe ablation with good hemostasis.
The process is highly organized, focused on cutting the skin, defocused for superficially vaporizing the skin and super pulsed for resurfacing the skin to heal the irregularities caused by the wound.
In addition to its efficacy in ablating non-cancerous (benign) raised lesions, radiosurgery, and microdermabrasion, the CO2 laser effectively is used in aesthetic dermatology in the revision of acne scars and photorejuvenation.
Dermatologists use CO2 lasers to treat:
- Warts, Corns & Skin tags;
- Multiple Trichoepithelioma;
- Epidermal Nevi;
- Xanthelasma Palpebrarum;
- Pyogenic Granuloma;
- Seborrheic Keratoses;
And various other skin growths.
Advantages of CO2 Laser over traditional surgical methods
- Total removal of infected tissues by vaporizations
- Minimal Bleeding whilst surgery
- Less post-treatment schedule & plan
- Minimal post-operative complications
- Minimal damage to the adjacent normal tissue
- Minimal operative side effects
- Reduced healing time
- The epithelium is replaced with minimal scar formation
- Sterile ablation
A compound naevus has nests of naevus cells at the epidermal-dermal junction and within the dermis—a central raised area surrounded by a flat patch.