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.
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.
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.
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.
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