The common benign growths on the skin include moles, skin tags, milia and syringoma. They can be found on the skin of all ages. Moles are growths on the skin that usually appears brown or black colour, comprises of skin cells that grow in a group rather than individually. It could be flat or raised, and might increase in number due to sun exposure. Skin tags are small, soft, skin-coloredgrowths that hang off the skin and look like warts. It tends to occur more commonly in places where your skin folds, for instance, the eyelids, neck, armpit, thighs or groin. Miliaand syringomas are formed when keratin becomes entrapped beneath the outer layer of the skin, forming a tiny cyst. Due to the advancements of technology in the aesthetics field, patients are increasingly keen on removing these skin lesions.

Removal of benign growths by CO2 laser is the most straightforward and popular procedure performed using an ablative laser. The energy of the laser vaporizes the water and tissue within the growth with pin-point precision, thus removing it. Scab formation is common after the procedure but will gradually fall off over a few days or weeks. The use of CO2 laser allows more control while minimizing unwanted damage to the surrounding cells, hence reducing the risk of scarring. Downtime usually takes 7-10 days.