Seborrheic keratoses can be removed using a laser, an
intense beam of light that burns and destroys the growth. Laser light cleans
(sterilizes) and seals as it cuts tissue, which reduces bleeding, pain, and
A laser procedure may be done in your doctor's office or clinic. Numbing medicine isn't usually needed. But if it is
needed, a topical anesthetic may be put on your skin to numb the area.
After laser treatment, the wound will be painful for a few days. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to clean and care for your wound.
Laser treatment normally causes no scarring. But it can cause
permanent skin lightening.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology