Also known as Verrucas are growths on or within the skin due to Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The virus can be spread through scratching and touching other locations on the body. A wart will typically have a hard, surface with black spot/s through it due to blockages in vessels.
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Depending on the type of Wart and its location, various methods are used to destroy the wart infected tissue. Diathermy is often used to precisely cauterize the warts tissue resulting in their destruction and subsequent removal. This method is favourable when compared to liquid nitrogen as it is specifically targeted with reduces the likelihood of scarring particularly if on the face.
2- 3 treatments generally suffice to eradicate facial warts. Depending on the size and number of warts various methods may be used to remove them. Ablative CO2 laser can be applied to quickly remove most of the wart infected skin often before clearing the remainder with precision diathermy method. Plantar Warts need to be assessed by the Dermal Clinicians and generally require several ablative CO2 laser treatments.
Non ablative lasers such as the Nd:YAG are becoming increasingly popular for treatment of warts due to their ability to specifically target the warts vascular supply and burn the affected tissue within the wart, whilst minimising trauma to surrounding tissue. Laser is often the treatment of choice for warts that have been unresponsive to other treatment options.
Either contact cooling, chilled air or topical anaesthetic is used to provide comfort during treatment.
Following diathermy or CO2 laser treatment the area treated becomes inflamed which induces an immune response causing the wart to dry into a crust which generally falls off within 5 – 14 days after treatment. The area may require a second touch up treatment to remove all traces of the Wart, therefore preventing its reoccurrence. However, the immune reaction following treatment is usually efficient enough to remove the Wart.
The treatment of Warts with laser technology have a similar effect to diathermy treatment. The size and number of warts often determine method and number of treatments required.
For a comprehensive consultation and assessment with one of the Senior Dermal Clinicians is necessary. Please call (03) 8686 5786