A wart is a skin growth caused by some types of the virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infects the top layer of skin, usually entering the body in an area of broken skin. The virus causes the top layer of skin to grow rapidly, forming a wart which can be unsightly and prone to spread by touch. Most warts go away on their own within months or years.
The vast majority of warts and verrucae can be treated at home, using over the counter solutions. However, there are times that laser may be recommended for wart removal:
- If you have had a wart for several years
- If you have tried a number of different wart treatments and they have not had the desired effect
- If your wart is causing you a lot of pain
- If your warts are large and widespread.
Laser surgery is not suitable for removing warts in children.
LASER WART & VERRUCA REMOVAL
At Intimate You we use the latest technology SmartXtide 2 system from which a highly targeted beam of fractionated CO2 laser light is aimed at the wart or verruca. The energy from the laser heats up the blood vessels feeding the problem area, which collapse in on themselves as a result and stop the blood supply. This starves the wart or verruca of nutrients, so it naturally falls off after a few weeks. The use of fractionated CO2 prevents damage to the surrounding area and optimises recovery of the treated area, while reducing the risk of bleeding and infection.
Even if your warts have failed to respond to other treatments in the past, you are very likely to enjoy great results with fractionated CO2 laser wart removal. Particularly stubborn warts may require 5 or more treatments, but it is very rare that a wart refuses to budge completely.
HOW WILL I FEEL DURING WARTS AND VERRUCAE REMOVAL?
Anaesthetic cream is used to numb the treatment area, so the procedure is generally well tolerated.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER TREATMENT?
Immediately after treatment the skin treated may be pink and tender for a few days. In some cases, there may also be some blistering and you might need to keep it covered. Once the area has healed, you might notice some darkening of the skin where the wart or verruca used to be. This is temporary, and the skin will go back to normal. Once the wart or verruca has been successfully treated, it will naturally dry up and fall off just as any other dead skin would.
Please note: genital warts are not treated at Intimate You.