Safe and effective cryotherapy for wart removal
Wart removal can be carried out by our experienced and fully qualified technicians here at Laserways. A wart (or verruca – a wart on the feet) can affect anyone from young children right through to the elderly and are a common problem that can be easily treated. Although they’re generally not painful, they can be a cause for embarrassment because of the way they look and feel, particularly for younger people.
Warts are generally found on the hands, either on the palms, knuckles or finger tips, which mean they are often easily visible and can feel rough and hard to touch. Warts can easily spread between people who are in close proximity. They can also spread through indirect contact such as towels, shoes and floors.
What is a wart?
A wart is a small, hardened, typically painless blister caused by an Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Common warts (verruca vulgaris) appear most typically on the hands. Flat warts (verruca plana) are flatter in size and appear most commonly on the face and neck. They may appear similar to a seborrheic keratosis (but feel rougher).
Filiform warts (digitate wart) appear like a thread (similar to a skin tag) and are found most typically on the eye lid.
Genital warts appear only on the genital area.
Plantar’s warts (verruca plantaris) are painful blisters found only on the soles of the feet. They are characterised by the appearance of black specks.
Mosaic warts are a cluster of smaller Plantar’s warts found also on the soles.
Wart removal pre-treatment advice
Viral lesions are the hardest to treat because you are treating the lesion as well as the virus. In the days leading up to the appointment, it is recommended to do a pre-treatment to the wart or verrucae to prepare it for the best possible treatment. The treatment works best when the skin covering these lesions is soft and slightly opened.
Before treatment for wart removal, follow the steps below:
• Soak the lesion in a bowl of warm, soapy water for 20 minutes
• With a pumice stone or emery board (nail file), gently scrub the lesion until the skin becomes rough (remember to throw item away after use)
• Please do not scrub so hard that you make the area sore
Discontinue these steps if bleeding occurs. You are not trying to open a wound or cause discomfort. However, the more deeply the jet of Nitrous Oxide can penetrate, the better the chances of removal are.
Do’s and don’ts of warts (before seeking treatment):
If you’re suffering from warts, please follow the below guidance from the NHS until you are assessed for treatment.
• wash your hands after touching a wart or verruca
• cover warts with a plaster when swimming
• take care not to cut a wart when shaving
• Share towels or flannels if you have a wart
• Bite your nails or suck fingers with warts on
• Scratch or pick a wart
Removal of warts
At Laserways our team of experts can offer safe, quick and painless wart removal as well as verruca removal using our cryo treatment.
The energy from the CryoPen freezes the blood vessels within the affected area, which causes the wart or verruca to collapse in on themselves and stop the blood supply. Within a few weeks it will then naturally fall off, often with the individual unaware that it’s even happened.
Why choose CryoPen removal for warts?
Cryo removal is a highly effective solution for the reduction of warts.
Our evidence shows that this form of treatment will safely remove the unwanted wart or verruca, which with the right course of follow up treatment will mean it is unlikely to come back.
Is wart removal painful and will there be side effects?
During the treatment patients may experience a sensation similar to a ballpoint pen being pushed onto the skin when the Nitrous Oxide reaches the bottom of the lesion. It is unlikely you will have any side effects but we advise every patient to contact us if they have any concerns after undergoing treatment.