Warts can sometimes be a problem in going away, despite WebMD pointing out that one-fifth of all warts disappear on their own. However, you’ll still find some warts that simply won’t go away, even with over-the-counter applications and medications. That’s when wart treatment is going to be necessary. But what procedures are available to help in treatment?
You have myriad solutions, including the use of a laser. Regardless, keep in mind that getting rid of some warts may require more patience than the removal of other skin issues such as moles or even wrinkles.
The Easiest Methods for Treating Warts
At first try, the most common procedures are going to be either burning or freezing your warts. In the case of burning, it’s called electrosurgery and usually involves an electric needle. Burning is typically used for common warts, especially ones called filiform that show up on the face or neck. Warts that show up on your feet are also successfully treated with electrosurgery.
In conjunction with electrosurgery, you may have to have a curettage procedure done where the wart is literally scraped off with a surgical knife. Doing both can help in complete removal of the wart if the electrosurgery isn’t capable of eliminating it all completely.
Freezing will be used if electrosurgery isn’t the best option. Also known as cryotherapy, it’s also much easier and causes no pain for patients. It uses liquid nitrogen to eliminate the wart, though it has to be used with caution on people with dark skin. The American Academy of Dermatology notes that these individuals can sometimes experience dark spots over the place where the wart was frozen.
If none of the above work for you, there’s also the option of covering your wart with Cantharidin. This substance is usually used with caution, though essentially creates a blister under the wart as a tougher way toward wart removal. Once the blister is formed, the surgeon removes the remainder of the wart off the skin.
During the times when the above treatments don’t work and the wart ultimately becomes persistent, laser surgery may be in your future. While a few risks are involved going this route, you may finally find success considering the laser burns and destroys wart tissue easily.
When you have the procedure done, you’ll simply need a local anesthetic around the treated area. You can also rest easy that the laser won’t create any scarring as might happen with the earlier procedures. Your only risks are what happens after the procedure in the way of infections. If there’s any pus discharge or pain around the treated area, these should be tended to right away.
Here at BC Laser and Skincare Clinic, we’re committed to and successful in all skin care, including the elimination of unsightly warts. Our advanced laser treatments are available to you through our founder, Dr. Sachit Shah.
Contact us and we’ll arrange a consultation to discuss our wart treatments and the laser alternatives when those warts become seemingly impossible to eliminate.