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A treatment called carbon dioxide laser therapy can be used to treat small melanomas that come back in the same area in the skin.
It involves directing a high-intensity beam of light at the affected areas of skin to destroy the melanoma.
You can have this treatment as an outpatient and you can receive it more than once. You may be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area beforehand. During and after treatment you may feel some discomfort in the skin, but this can be relieved with mild painkillers. The area may be covered with a dressing to protect it after treatment.
Content last reviewed: 1 February 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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