Warts are a very common viral infection caused by the human papillomavirus [HPV]. Warts are particularly common in childhood. Many warts will come and go on their own, but it is usually their location on the body, or their unsightly appearance that makes people want to remove them. There are many remedies to remove warts, and people have tried many methods unsuccessfully, then arrive at this quick, easy and effective treatment of laser wart removal.
Laser Removal of Warts
The energy from the laser light works in three ways to eradicate the wart.
Does it Hurt?
The sensation of a wart being removed is like a snapping of a rubber band. There is discomfort with this sensation, but it is not painful. An anaesthetic numbing cream called Emla can be applied about 40 minutes beforehand, which may alleviate a degree of discomfort. An ice pack being applied to the site just prior and during the procedure will also help to numb the skin. We also have a Koolio Machine which blows out freezing cold air and can also provide great relief if required. At all times, our laser technician will be talking to you and working with you if there are any issues.
Consultation with Our Medical Team
Before any laser treatment can occur, your region to be lasered needs to be protected from the sun for about 2 weeks. In this time, you will have a consultation with our laser technician, who is an experienced nurse. Your wart(s) will be viewed, your procedure will be discussed and you will be free to ask any questions. An overview of your health history and medications will ensure laser therapy is ideal for you. A patch test will be conducted to ensure your suitability with laser therapy. In 4-7 days, you will be able to commence your wart treatment.
What Can I Expect After My Laser Therapy?
There is usually no pain after the procedure. There will be a period of 7-10 days where the wart will be dying and the region will be going through a healing process, so it may be slightly red, with minor swelling around the region, as well as the dying wart stump. A light, non-adhesive dressing may be applied to prevent clothes rubbing or infection. Usually the wart will not reappear, but the wart is a virus, and other warts may appear near this site or on other areas of the body, and unfortunately this is a characteristic of the wart virus.