Laser removal of benign skin changes in Zurich Enge:

Age spots, liver spots, freckles, strawberry marks or hemangioma, port-wine stains, spider naevi, spider veins, age warts, fibromas and sebaceous cysts can be gently removed with a laser.

Harmless spots on the back

Liver spots, age spots, freckles and age warts are benign pigmented changes in the skin. Just as warts, hemangioma, large spider veins, birthmarks and sebaceous cysts (atheromas), they are mostly undesired skin changes. They appear in varying degrees with increasing age.

Through a skin examination at the dermatology practice derma competence center by skin specialist Dr. Hero Schnitzler, in Zurich Enge it can be determined whether or not the spots and skin growths are actually only aesthetically disturbing or possibly caused by an underlying disease, for example, melanoma. A complete examination of the entire skin with verification and documentation of existing skin changes should be carried out regularly for one’s own safety.

Often, freckles, liver and age spots are a result of exposure to sun and environmental factors over the course of time and individual skin type. These harmless skin changes are particularly found on areas most frequently exposed to sun, mainly the scalp, face, back of hands and forearms.

Other common, benign yet disturbing skin changes such as age warts (usually on the torso), so called skin tags or fibromas (mostly in skin folds), as well as hemangiomas (on the torso), spider veins and sebaceous cysts (usually on the back) in contrast, appear on areas typically not exposed to light.

There is not a definite cause as to why these skin changes occur, but one can observe a familial cluster. A small group of benign birthmarks are often present from birth.

Since these skin spots are harmless, there are various ways to remove them. But since they are not a “health risk”, their removal is not covered by insurance.

The treatment methods differ in scope and effort and since the aesthetically optimal result is in the foreground, one should prefer gentle, safe and optimally tailored laser therapy or laser treatment of age spots, age warts, angiomas, spider naevi, sebaceous cysts and other skin spots and benign skin tumors. This usually achieves much nicer results than a surgical intervention. After laser removal and the small wound has healed, it is often no longer possible to tell where the skin change was.

Laser treatments are suitable for age spots, pigmented lesions and spots, age warts, sebaceous cysts, milia, enlarged pores and other harmless benign skin changes.

To treat age spots, liver spots, freckles and all pigment lesions in the skin (as well as tattoo removal), the Ruby laser, “the gold-standard” for pigment laser therapy, is available in the dermatology practice of Dr. Hero Schnitzler.  With this laser, the pigment in the spots is broken up into tiny pieces by means of very short laser pulses. In the healing phase, small scabs or crusts may appear which break down within 4-7 days. Usually, the age spot disappears after one session.  This therapy is minimally painful and anesthesia or subsequent bandages are not necessary, just consistent sun protection.

Ruby laser for removal of benign brown spots in the skin

Dr. Schnitzler removes an age spot with the Ruby laser

The Erbium laser is a very gentle laser used at the dermatology practice in Zurich Enge for removal of age warts i.e., seborrheic keratosis and other benign skin growths. The non-carcinogenic laser waves hardly penetrate the skin and allow the unwanted skin changes to be removed precisely, layer by layer. It works like a polishing machine. With the Erbium laser, milia and atheromas (sebaceous cysts) can be opened, the gland emptied out and the cyst capsule of the atheroma removed. The surrounding skin is not affected. Usually only one treatment is needed for this procedure. It can be done, if even necessary under local anesthetic. A healing cream and plaster bandage is then applied to the treated area.

Laser for benign skin growths and opening sebaceous cysts

Laser ablation skin skin warts - dermatologist Dr Hero Schnitzler - Zurich-Enge

Dermatologist Dr. Schnitzler preforms an Erbium laser treatment

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The skin material removed during the erbium laser treatment is directly suctioned off

The KTP- or Neodym: YAG vascular laser from dermatologist Dr. Hero Schnitzler is used for angiomas, so called strawberry marks, as well as for sebaceous glands, spider naevi, nevus flammeus (port-wine stains) and spider veins in the face and legs. This treatment as well, does not require any local anesthetic. The laser pulse works by closing the blood vessels which also feed for example, strawberry angiomas.

Angiomas typically turn dark and fall off like a small crust after a few days. Hypertrophic, enlarged sebum glands can be “melted down” with the KTP laser treatment, which then degenerate.

Laser without pain - blood vessels veins - blood sponges

KTP- laser in the dermatology practice of Dr. Schnitzler in Zurich Enge for treatment of angiomas, spider veins and other unsightly blood vessels

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The angioma is precisely targeted with the laser.

Couperose laser face red vessels Dr Schnitzler Zurich Enge

KTP- laser treatment of an angioma by Dr. Schnitzler

And so, in derma competence center in Zurich Enge, all prevailing, safe and evaluated laser therapies are available for the removal of any kind of benign skin tumors.

He will be happy to advise you, so make an appointment here

Treatment options for spots and skin changes


Autor - Dr. med. Hero P. D. Schnitzler

I am Dr. Hero P. D. Schnitzler and founded the derma competence center in Zurich Enge in 2015, which I have been managing with heart, soul and professional competence ever since.

I am a member of various Swiss and international professional societies and a long-time lecturer for aesthetic laser medicine (D.A.L.M.) at the University of Greifswald, and for the Swiss skills program FMCH laser treatments of the skin.