Warts & Verrucas – FAQs

How can warts and verrucas be treated?

The oldest method is to place a sixpence under the pillow and wait. Although this may seem to be an old wives tale, most infections are self-limiting and simply waiting will eventually work for many people. However, if warts are spreading, this may take many years and it is not necessary to wait this long.

Warts can be painted with a topical solution that can eventually kill the virus; however this treatment can take many months of daily applications and has a low rate of success.

Cryosurgery is sometimes used very successfully. The treatment involves liquid nitrogen to kill off the infected tissue but can need multiple treatments to reach the blood supply. This may also leave an unsightly wound that can take some time to heal.

Electro cautery uses a small probe to accurately introduce an electric current into the wart material with the aim of cauterising the blood supply.

Vascular lasers are the most successful method, as they can accurately target the blood supply to the wart without causing painful peripheral damage.

The pain involved is much lesswith laser than cryosurgery or electro cautery and one laser treatment is sometimes enough to kill the growth entirely. If the wart does not recede completely with one treatment, further treatment will be needed to ensure that the growth is killed.

What methods do Lanu Medispa Clinic use?

We have 2 vascular lasers, an Nd: YAG and a pulsed dye system. These lasers produce light of different wavelengths but they will all target the blood supply to the wart or verruca.

The pulsed dye laser treats larger lesions. The Nd:YAG laser has the deepest penetration of all and is most suitable for deep warts and verruca’s.

Cutera Nd YAG laser is the preferred choice at Therapie medispa, as there is no bruising with this laser.

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