Laser therapy for recurrent melanoma

A treatment called carbon dioxide (CO2) laser therapy can be used to treat small melanomas that come back in the same area. 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. You can receive it more than once. You may be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area first. You may feel some discomfort in the skin during and after treatment, but this can be relieved with mild painkillers. The area may be covered with a dressing to protect it afterwards.

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