Wart and verruca removal London
Warts are a remarkably common condition in both men and women of all ages.
A verruca is a type of wart which occurs on the sole of the foot.
Warts are harmless growths but can often be a nuisance when they rub against clothing and they may appear in visible parts on the body. This can result in a lack of self-confidence or even embarrassment.
At Centre for Surgery in London, the treatment for warts and verrucae is simple and effective ad quick. Clear healthy skin is restored and confidence is regained.
Warts differ from skin tags, but will have a rougher surface. Warts are often more solidly attached to the skin, instead of hanging off like a skin tag. Warts are potentially contagious and can be spread across other areas of the body and between people.
Wart removal treatments
Cutaneous warts are benign proliferations caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection with prevalence varying between 3% and 24% depending on patient age.
The clinical appearance depends to some extent on the type of HPV and the anatomical site affected. Generally cutaneous warts can last for a few months to a couple of years and usually resolve spontaneously in healthy people.
Some may persist for years and may result in an unsightly (face) or painful (feet) disturbance.
Traditional treatments for wart removal include the following:
- Topical agents (salicylic acid and/or lactic acid)
- Surgical excision
Dual-wavelength laser treatment for wart removal
There are a number of different treatments for warts and verrucas. Centre for Surgery specialise in dual wavelength laser treatment to treat warts and result in minimal chance of recurrence.
Our practitioners use the Fotona SP dynamis laser platform.
Step 1 – Wart ablation with Er:YAG laser
The Er:YAG laser induces precision micron by micron layer removal of the wart surface, similar to paring down with a file.
Step 2 – Wart coagulation with Nd:YAG laser
The Nd:YAG acts more deeply and acts on the blood vessels which supply the wart, inducing their coagulation and thus removing the blood vessel from the wart.
During treatment, the treated area is cooled with a cold air blower to minimise discomfort. Injectable local anesthesia is also an option for more complex warts.
Three quarters of common and simple warts may be cleared after a single session with one quarter requiring a follow-up session about 1 month later.
Planter mosaic and periungual warts are often more difficult to treat and usually 2 sessions are needed to treat these more complex warts.
The dual laser method is safe and effective. Nd:YAG coagulation results in a minimal risk of post-treatment bleeding and very low risk of infection or scar formation on the treatment site. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is an extremely rare risk.