Laser Vaporisation is a technique involving the use of the carbon dioxide laser to vaporise away abnormal tissue after the area has been anaesthetised. It may be combined with curettage and is particularly useful in cases of multiple/superficial tumours that are considered at low risk of occurrence.
Sometimes it can be useful in the treatment of patients with Gorlin Syndrome. It is not commonly used and there is relatively little evidence regarding its effectiveness. Side effects of laser vaporisation includes scarring, bleeding and infection.
Ref: Telfer NR, Colver GB and Morton CA. Guidelines for the management of basal cell carcinoma. Br Journal of Dermatology 2008, 159: 35 -48
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