Warts and Lasers
- There is no single solution for warts; management is based on the age of the individual as well as the size, number, and location of warts.
- Since warts are caused by a virus, there is no guarantee the warts just won’t grow back.
- Treatment involves the physical or chemical destruction of the lesion
- Warts can be anesthetized and then scraped, burned, lasered off, or surgically excised
A variety of chemicals are also used in treatment of warts:
- A doctor can apply a highly concentrated chemical treatment at regular intervals
- Topical medications might be prescribed for use at home
- Over-the-counter preparations are also available
Many of these modalities can lead to scarring or disfigurement, and those
scars might cause more problems and discomfort than the original lesion itself.
Despite numerous treatment modalities, warts quite often require repeated treatment because they are difficult to eradicate and commonly recur.
In our clinic, we utilize combinations of different modalities and several lasers to treat warts in adults and children of all ages.
The most popular treatment among patients is the Pulse Dye Laser because of its minimal post procedure discomfort. The average treatment takes about 15 minutes and does not require anesthesia. Immediately after the procedure, a patient can comfortably return to their daily activities. However, it is very important to understand that treatment of warts with a Pulse Dye Laser is a process, not a single event. Due to the substantial depth and viral nature of the lesion, 2-6 treatments are necessary.
Pulsed Dye Laser treatments are fairly comfortable. If ablative lasers like CO2 or Diomed are used, local anesthetic is usually required.
Every patient is unique, and results can vary between patients. No two laser treatments will get same results – even if performed by the same physician on patients with similar conditions.
Contact the International Vein & Skin Institute to learn more about the options available to you.