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Papillomas, commonly referred to as moles, are benign, small, round outwardly skin projections with a stalk. They usually have the color of the person’s skin, while they may also be pink, brown or even dark in color. In the latter case, papillomas look like common nevi-moles.

They are caused by types of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes warts and genital warts, even though they are not equally infectious.

Papillomas are usually asymptomatic and are most common among people after the age of 25-30 years. Yet, in cases of a large sized skin lesion (molluscum), they might be associated with pain, pruritus (itching) and burning or increased bleeding. They usually occur in warm and moist areas of the body, where the skin creates folds and favors the development of HPV, such as the face and neck and mainly on the eyelids, armpits, chest and the groin area.

Papillomas can basically occur in everyone. There are, however, some predisposing factors that favor their occurrence in some groups of people. Such factors are:

  • Body Weight (Overweight & Obese people)
  • Pregnancy
  • Endocrinopathies
  • Cutaneous (skin) Injuries
  • Association with warts and genital warts
  • Heredity

The diagnosis of papillomas is made by clinical examination by the Dermatologist, while biopsy is rarely required for their confirmation. In any case, their removal is necessary due to both medical and cosmetic reasons.

The currently available options for the treatment of papillomas are:

  • CO2 Laser Removal – The most modern and effective treatment method
  • Cryotherapy Removal
  • Diathermy Coagulation Removal
  • Surgical Removal

Sometimes papillomas become very large in size and form warts or molluscum. In cases of a large sized skin lesion (molluscum), there is pain, while the injury of papillomas can lead to increased bleeding. Treatment is performed surgically and consists of its surgical removal or ligature and CO2 Laser Excision.

The following measures prevent the occurrence of papillomas:

  • Avoid scrubbing with a sponge or towels
  • Avoid wearing chains and necklaces
  • Avoid shaving affected areas
  • Avoid touching affected areas
  • Frequent hand washing
  • Reduce your body weight if you are overweight
  • Immediate destruction and CO2 Laser removal as soon as they are identified
  • Vaccination against HPV (protection against HPV type 6, 11, 16 & 18)

CO2 Laser removal is the most modern and effective treatment of papillomas, which results in complete eradication of existing lesions, without causing marks and scars on the skin. It is a virtually painless, non-invasive treatment, immediately after which the patient may return to his/her daily activities. The laser beam is directed with millimeter precision to the point of interest without at all affecting the surrounding healthy tissue.

At Cosmetic Derma Medicine, CO2 Laser papilloma removal is exclusively carried out by a Physician Dermatologist using the latest generation of CO2 Laser. Lesions are ablated and destroyed, even in just a single session, while are able to intervene in sizable papillomas, such as molloscum.


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