Benign facial tumors are growths that appear on your face for a short period and disappear, leaving scars on your face. These tumors can affect your soft tissue and bones, causing serious damages to your face. Facial tumors range from relatively benign to highly advanced in terms of severity and appearance.
A common question that patients with benign facial tumors ask is how to treat them. In most cases, benign tumors do not require treatment. Instead, your doctor will use the “watchful waiting” tactic to ensure the tumors do not cause problems. However, sometimes treatment becomes necessary, especially when the tumors start becoming problematic. Here are some of the standard treatment options for benign facial tumors.
Lasers can destroy small benign facial tumors accurately. However, you will need to undergo a biopsy to check the type of tumor you are dealing with before laser treatment. This procedure also involves photographing the face before and after treatment, local anesthesia to numb your face, and covering your eyes to protect them from the laser beam.
Laser treatment of benign facial tumors only takes about 20 minutes. The laser device, which makes a popping sound during treatment, should be used together with a smoke evacuator to remove fumes. The smoke evacuator makes a noise like a vacuum cleaner. After laser treatment, the treated area will appear red and raw. Therefore, your doctor will apply a thin layer of Vaseline lotion or any other antibiotic gel.
The treated area will also feel slightly swollen and stinging, especially after the anesthesia wears off. You should place a packet of ice on the affected area for about 10 minutes per hour on the day of the treatment to help reduce inflammation. After the surgery, use saline cleaning and an antibiotic gel to clean and treat the area for a couple of days.
This treatment method is quite invasive, as it involves removing the tumor by cutting your skin and getting rid of the growth. The wound is then stitched up and allowed to heal. The problem with this treatment method is that it can leave scars on your face. Furthermore, this treatment depends on the size and type of facial tumor.
Before carrying out a surgical treatment for your benign facial tumors, the doctor must consider the amount of correction needed. This is important because some extensive facial tumors may require facial reconstructive surgery to recreate bone structure after the tumor removal. Therefore, make sure your doctor is qualified and experienced enough to know which treatment method suits you best.