Laser Treatment for Warts
Laser Treatment for Warts
Warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV); The virus infects the upper layers of skin and causes skin to grow faster than usual, forming a bump. The wart is supplied by blood vessels, but the infection itself tends to go unnoticed by the immune system due to its position near the surface of the skin. That’s one reason why they can last so long
Warts can be embarrassing, frustrating, and painful if they happen to be located in a spot on your foot that’s subject to pressure or friction. Even worse, without treatment, they can stick around on your feet for years—and they have a bad habit of multiplying, too. So most people are more than eager to get rid of them.
But because of how warts form, they also can be tricky to get rid of efficiently. Home care has little if any effect, and many popular wart treatments can be painful and frustrating.
One solution you might consider is laser treatment. It’s effective, safe, and the right choice for many patients.
Laser therapy for warts uses a high-power medical laser that’s capable of both cutting off blood supply to the wart and destroying the virus that’s responsible. With its blood supply gone, the wart ultimately dies and falls off.
As with other treatments for warts, multiple sessions are often required to fully eradicate the wart. We’ll discuss what you can expect from a full treatment course at your initial appointment.
Why would you choose laser treatment over a more conventional approach, like using a peeling acid or cryotherapy? Here are some of the main benefits:
- Highly effective. Laser therapy has one of the highest overall success rates among treatments commonly provided for plantar warts.
- Less painful. Most people find laser therapy to be more comfortable than salicylic acid or liquid nitrogen, which can require 10-20 minutes of scraping with a scalpel or may produce blistering. Laser treatment also is over sooner, and tends to not have much lingering discomfort.
- More precise. Using a laser allows us to target the wart with a high level of precision, minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue when compared to traditional surgery, salicylic acid and cryotherapy.
- Track record of safety. Medical lasers have been used to address a wide variety of conditions for many years now, and laser therapy for wart removal has an excellent track record. There are few contraindications, a low rate of complications, and normally no scarring.
Is laser treatment for warts effective?
Laser therapy has one of the highest overall success rates among treatments commonly provided for plantar warts. Less painful. Most people find laser therapy to be more comfortable than salicylic acid or liquid nitrogen, which can require 10-20 minutes of scraping with a scalpel or may produce blistering.
With laser therapy, you won't experience any of these.
Does lasering warts hurt?
The laser's heat may also attack the virus that causes the wart. The laser may feel like a rubber band snapping against your skin. You won't feel much pain after the procedure is done.
Do you have blisters or scars after the treatment?
No, there is no downtime after laser therapy. Once the bloodstream to the wart is cut off, it will die out without leaving any scars to the skin.