Wart removal Clinic

Wart Removal Surgery London. Pulse Light Clinic aims to eliminate all traces of warts to relieve pain and boost self-esteem.

What is a wart?

Warts are small lumps that reside on the surface of your skin, often manifesting on your fingers, palm, knuckles, palms, and genital area. 

Warts are generally quite firm to the touch as they contain an abundance of a strong protein known as keratin. Keratin is the same protein used to form fingernails. 

Unlike moles, warts do not root and develop much closer to the skin’s upper layer. 

Some warts tend to be more painful than others; like Plantar warts, a wart typically appears on the foot, causing sharp pain in each step. 

It is common and entirely normal for any wart to feel itchy. 

Fortunately, warts are noncancerous lumps. However, they transmit through a virus known as HPV (human papillomavirus).

What does a wart look like?

Warts generally look like lumps protruding from the surface of the skin. They often contain noticeable tiny dots scattered around the lump, known to be blood vessels supplying nutrition and oxygen to the wart. The colour of the wart itself is typically only slightly darker than the skin’s pigmentation.

What causes a wart to form?

Warts manifest through the transmission of a virus known as HPV. This contagious virus typically transmits through sexual activity via skin-to-skin contact. However, they can also be transmitted without any sexual activity through indirect infection via contaminated surfaces. 

Despite being possible to transmit HPV indirectly, it appears less likely. 

What are the most common wart types? 

Some of the most potent warts transmitted through HPV include:

Plantar warts, verruca warts, genital warts, and flat warts.

Verrucae split between verruca vulgaris, a rough and hard lump commonly found at the knees and hands, and verruca plana, a smoother and flat lump. Verruca vulgaris typically develop as a wart on the hands.

Plantar protrusions are small, tough lumps that typically develop as warts on feet, especially in the sole area.

Genital warts are small grainy lumps that usually form in the genital region following sexual transmission.

Filiforms are thin and long lumps that typically develop as warts on faces, typically near the facial features.

How to remove warts?

Above all, our surgeon must run an assessment to diagnose the respective lump in question. Once the surgeon identifies the growth, the wart treatment will follow.

For surgical excision, the surgeon begins by disinfecting the wart and the surrounding area before applying a local anaesthetic to numb out the site. 

After which, the surgeon then makes a direct incision at the base of the lump and uses cryotherapy to kill the verruca completely. 

The procedure is not very invasive, meaning you should not need any form of stitching and are unlikely to have much or any scarring post-recovery. 

Finally, the operating site will be covered with a compression cloth to prevent infection.

For non-surgical treatments, cryotherapy is used to eliminate your warts. Usually applied using a spray gun, liquid nitrogen is administered to your wart, freezing it. After one to two minutes, your affected skin should return from a pale white colour to its normal pigmentation as it thaws out. Your surgeon may repeat this process if the lesion is large enough.

In the next few days, a scab will form. This scab should take one to two weeks to fall off, leaving the treated area looking relatively normal. A full recovery is common after some time. However, some minor scarring or colour loss can appear. Depending on the nature of your wart, more than one cryotherapy treatment may be necessary for the surgeon to remove all visible lesions from your skin.

Recovery after the wart removal surgery (excision)

Surgical wart removal is a very straightforward and non-invasive procedure. Therefore, there is usually no downtime after removal, meaning the patient can return to their standard routine right after their procedure. 

Your wound generally heals within the first fourteen days after verruca removal surgery. After which, expect minor or no scarring left behind. If a blister appears after the procedure, be mindful and prepared if it bursts. 

Please do not touch the fluid that comes out of the blister as it may contain the HPV virus. It would be best to clean the area instantly after the blister ulcers to prevent the wart from metastasising (spreading) to other parts of your body.

Recovery after Cryotherapy

Your doctor will provide advice on how to care for your wound while it is healing and may suggest using vaseline, patting the wound dry if it becomes wet and advising you to refrain from picking the scab, all to reduce the chances of any scarring.

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Wart Removal Surgery FAQs

How long do warts take to go away?

If left untreated, warts can last for up to two years. However, permanent removal of warts is possible using methods such as cryotherapy.

Can I cut a wart off?

Please do not cut off a wart yourself. Not only can you cause injury, infection, and other unintended consequences, but your open wart may continue to spread the infection around the area.

Does apple cider vinegar remove warts?

Some believe one of the many possible treatments to remove warts is applying an acid such as apple cider vinegar to the exposed verruca. This verrucae treatment does not have formal backing and may have lacklustre or inconsistent results. The only safe, reliable and permanent solution for removing warts is surgery executed by a professional.

Do warts bleed if they are cut open?

Yes, warts can bleed incredibly easily as they have blood vessels close to the skin's surface.

What is inside a wart?

Warts contain excess keratin, a tough protein that develops as HPV symptoms.

Why is my wart itchy?

Although not all warts itch, it is quite common for someone to experience itchiness from a wart.

Are warts painful?

Warts can be painful, but many types of warts are not. Verrucae are more likely to be painful than others.

How do you stop warts from spreading?

Covering your wart will help you reduce contamination. Additionally, Wash your hands as soon as you make contact with the wart. Wart treatments like cryotherapy will remove your verruca before it has a chance to spread.

What do black dots in warts mean?

The black dots are typically blood vessels supplying the wart with nutrition and oxygen.

Do warts root?

Unlike moles, warts do not have or form roots. They originate much closer to the skin's surface.

Do warts grow back?

Since the cause of skin warts is a viral infection, there is no way to guarantee they will not return. However, verruca treatment is a cost-effective and straightforward method of removing warts, so removing them will not be a hassle.

Can warts be cancerous?

Warts are not cancerous and instead manifest through the virus known as HPV.

Can warts be cured?

Once found to be HPV positive, there is no permanent cure. However, surgeons can remove warts through wart surgery.

What can be mistaken for an HPV wart?

Skin lesions or skin tags are often mistaken for HPV warts. These could be lumps like seborrheic keratosis (senile wart), a benign growth often raised above the skin's surface which cant transmit through viral infection.

Do warts grow bigger?

If left untreated, Warts can grow bigger and spread.

Can warts be permanent if left untreated?

A single wart can last one to two years if left untreated. After which, your body recognises and fights off the virus. However, during this time, the small wart can spread to other locations.

Are warts contagious?

Warts are contagious as they can spread from skin to skin contact or indirectly from contaminated surfaces.

What is aftercare like for wart removal surgery?

Aftercare is included in your treatment package, meaning follow-up appointments are common to track your recovery. Our surgeons can treat any immediate complications with no additional charge. In other words, surgery is simply the most reliable treatment if you are looking for a permanent solution.

Are warts viruses or bacteria?

Warts are a viral infection that develops after exposure to HPV.

What does a wart look like?

Warts are bumpy hard skin that protrudes out of the skin. They often have tiny black dots and are usually a slighter darker pigmentation than your skin colour.

Does clear nail polish get rid of warts?

No formal evidence suggests nail polish has any effect on verruca removal.

What are the side effects of wart removal through excision?

Side effects widespread across excision surgeries (including wart removal) are infection, bleeding/bruising, anaesthetic reaction, scarring and nerve damage.

Fortunately, infection is an unlikely symptom of wart removal. However, if you are susceptible to infections or have a weakened immune system, you should raise your concerns with your physician as you may need additional care.

Bleeding and bruising are pervasive but typically minor side effects of wart removal. If your wound opens after surgery but fails to close, you should contact your physician for medical help.

In some cases, wart removal may cause damage to a nerve. A damaged nerve may result in numbness for several weeks or months but often make a full recovery. In sporadic cases, a nerve may be compromised after a wart removal, causing mobility issues in the area around the wound.

Scarring is common in any surgical procedure. Though there are measures to avoid or minimise scarring during and after your surgery, some scarring is unavoidable for wart removal. In addition, the amount of scarring will depend on the skill of your surgeon. Thankfully, our expert surgeons' focal point is to keep scarring to a minimum.

Reactions are certainly the most dangerous of all immediate side effects with surgical procedures in general. The symptoms following a reaction vary between patients but include a rash, hives, severe itchiness, swelling, drop in blood pressure, shortness of breath, coughing, etc. Fortunately, reacting to anaesthesia is extremely rare and largely preventable.

What are the side effects of cryotherapy for wart removal?

Cryotherapy is usually administered without anaesthetic, making you likely to feel pain during the procedure. Fortunately, the pain is quick and usually well-tolerated. However, if your pain persists post-wart removal, you can choose to take painkillers such as paracetamol to relieve any discomfort. If you are worried about the pain, it is permissible to take painkillers around an hour before the treatment.

Following cryotherapy, swelling and redness are common and usually settle after two to three days. Similarly, blistering is also a common flaw of cold therapy and settles down after the first few days of recovery.

Though unlikely, infection is possible with any surgical procedure, resulting in increased pain and pus formation: this may require additional treatment such as a prescription of antibiotics.

Despite scarring being unlikely after cryotherapy, it can occur on rare occasions. In addition, a change in pigment surrounding the treated area may also appear in unlikely circumstances.

Finally, prolonged numbness is possible following cryotherapy. However, not only is this extremely rare and not feasible for the majority of cold therapy treatments, the normal feeling should return after a couple of months.

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Minimal to no scarring

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