Wart & Verruca Removal

 Gone in 1 to 3 treatments

 Safe & effective treatment for warts and verrucas

 Fast recovery

 Prices from £100 per treatment

Plantar Warts and Verrucas are the result of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) and commonly occur on hands or feet. The virus induces the growth of a small bump or plate. These are harmless but can be unsightly, cause embarrassment, and sometimes cause discomfort.

Warts will normally go away by themselves after a few years, or there are various ways to treat them. Topical applications are available from pharmacies but these are messy and time consuming and often don’t work. Other methods are to freeze them off with liquid nitrogen, known as Cryotherapy. This often needs repeated treatments and recovery time is significant. Another method is minor surgery where they are scraped off using an electrosurgical device. This is fairly aggressive and unpleasant and requires a prolonged recovery period.

Laser offers a very effective alternative to these techniques and is fast and simple with a relatively short recovery time. This treatment is fairly aggressive. A burst of high power Pulsed Nd:YAG laser is used at the 1064 wavelength. This induces a deep thermal effect which kills the virus directly, and also zaps the underlying blood supply to the wart depriving it of further nourishment.

The wart will turn darker, and may go black, before reducing or falling away over the next one to three weeks. Very rarely a blister may form. A powerful vacuum extractor is used at the treatment site to remove any airborne viral bodies released by the treatment, and masks must be worn by both customer and operator to avoid inhalation of HPV.

Please note that there are lots of different types of HPV. Genital warts or warts on mucous membranes are usually different and not something we offer treatment for. We recommend you see your GP in the first instance for these complaints and would urge you to get medical advice promptly.

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How long will my wart removal take and how much will it cost?

Warts and Verrucas normally respond in 1 to 3 treatments. Please see Prices for a guide to costs.

Why is the Highland Laser Clinic Technology better than other systems?

We use our pulsed Nd:YAG laser in burst mode with a very high energy density setting and a relatively short pulse width to deliver repeating bursts of thermal laser to heat deep into the infected tissue. Only a medical grade pulsed laser can deliver the required power and snap to make this effective.

Clients have told us that other clinics attempt to remove warts using Q-Switch tattoo removal lasers, or RF microwave devices. Despite some eye wateringly high prices for these procedures we don’t believe they work very often, which is why people come from all over Scotland to us for definitive treatment.

Can you get rid of my warts?

Probably. Small warts tend to go in one treatment. Large, deep and extensive infected lesions often need more.

Will my warts come back again?

Probably not. It’s important that we completely kill all of your infected lesions through repeated treatments if necessary. Partially treated warts or verrucas may re-establish themselves in time so it’s important to maintain momentum and hit them again if required at 4 week intervals. If we treat and kill all of your active lesions we can reduce the likelihood of further breakouts, but further manifestations of the HPV virus may occur again in the future in a fairly unpredictable way.

Does it hurt?

Yes, this treatment does hurt. It’s probably our most aggressive service. We are essentially inducing a therapeutic thermal injury. An intense focal hot sensation will be felt under the laser, and the site will feel warm, tingly and tender for some time afterwards.

How long does it take to heal after treatment?

Recovery generally takes 1 to 3 weeks. The treated area may take on a burnt appearance and will be white and swollen.

Infected material will break down over time, scabs may form and some oozing from the site may be seen. We encourage you to manually assist in removing dead infected material from the site. Exudate can be messy and is potentially infectious so we recommend the use of some kind of absorbent dressing on the site if it responds in this way.

When large or deep warts dissolve and fall away, a significant hollow or socket may be left in the skin which was previously occupied by the HPV infected material. This may take a number of months to remodel and sort itself out, but this is a result of the infection not the treatment of the infection itself.

Pre Treatment Advice

For 4 weeks prior to treatment

Do not apply fake tan / self tanning products to the area. We can not treat you if these products are on or next to your wart / verruca

Three days prior to treatment

Using a coarse nail file try to remove as much infected tissue from the wart or verruca as possible. If there is fingernail / toenail involvement, try to cut back the nail as much as you can to reveal the lesion

On the day of treatment

•  Wash area well, wear clean socks if applicable

•  Avoid swimming in chlorinated water immediately before treatment

•  Don’t be hungry, or thirsty, don't be hung-over or just worked a nightshift

•  You may choose to take paracetamol an hour before treatment to help mitigate treatment associated pain if that’s a safe drug for you to use, but please do not consume aspirin, ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID’s)

• Please do not have any kind of product on the area to be treated on the day of treatment, including fake tan

Post Treatment Advice

In the 2 days post treatment

• We will apply aloe vera gel liberally to the treated area immediately after treatment

• Treated areas will be swollen and may appear white, grey or brown

• Some scabbing to the area is possible

• Avoid strenuous activity such as gym sessions and sports following laser treatment

• Wash the area gently at least daily and apply Savlon

• Avoid all heat treatments including hot baths, saunas, steam rooms and hot showers directly on the treated area

For 1 week post treatment

• No swimming in chlorinated water

• Necrotised infected tissue should begin to slough away, you might need to manually assist with that process. Your wart / verruca may ooze slightly and an absorbent dressing may be indicated for this

In the 2 weeks post treatment

• Some tenderness may be felt for the first 2 weeks

In the 4 weeks post treatment

• All infected material should have finished falling away. A red hollow or socket may remain where the lesion used to be. Your skin should remodel over the next few weeks to heal this

• If you can still feel a firm lump under the skin, the wart / verruca may be still active and require further treatment

• Repeat treatment should be made 4 weeks after previous treatment if required

Ongoing support is part of the service that Highland Laser Clinic provides, any questions or concerns please get in touch