A wart is a skin growth caused by some types of the virus called the human papilloma virus (HPV).
HPV infects the top layer of skin, usually entering the body through broken skin. The virus causes the top layer of skin to grow rapidly, forming a wart.
Most warts can go away on their own within months or years, but many patients select to have them treated as they can be unsightly and, in some cases, painful.
How does wart/verrucae removal work?
The ND: YAG laser treatment works by heating the tissue and blood supply to the wart/verrucae effectively “starving” the lesion of its life source: blood. The ND YAG does this via a photo thermal reaction cauterizing the wart. The laser kills only the wart infected area and leaves the surrounding tissue unharmed and undamaged.
What aftercare precautions should I take?
It is essential that the application of an antiseptic cream (germolene, savlon or equivalent) is applied afterwards to avoid infection with clean hands.
The feet and hands are easily infected due to high levels of bacterial growth (the feet) and constant contact (the hands) with surfaces therefore strict hygiene must be observed.
The wound will be painful for a day or so after and the recovery time depends on the number of lesions or the size of area to be treated.
Temporary darkening of the skin is normal.
Full aftercare is provided post treatment.
How many treatments do I need?
There is no defined number of treatments as its dependant on the individual case, but as a guideline we recommend 4 to 6 sessions 4 weeks apart.