If you have tried to get rid of warts using standard treatments unsuccessfully then it is time to opt for laser wart removal. It is a quick procedure but it cannot be done at home. During the surgery, the wart tissue is destroyed by an intense beam of light. The recovery period for laser wart removal is about 2-4 weeks and several sessions are required for optimal results.
During the procedure, the doctor will either numb the area that the warts are being removed or put you to sleep depending on where the warts are and how many they are.
The best candidate for laser wart removal
You qualify to be a candidate for laser wart removal if;
- You have tried a number of different treatment and they have failed.
- The wart has been there for several a number of years
- The warts are large and are widespread
- The warts are causing you a lot of pain
There are different types of lasers which are used and some of them are;
- Carbon dioxide laser
This is a good choice for the warts that are around the toenails or fingernails. The laser is used to cut away the top of the wart then a less focused beam is used to burn the remaining part. This type of laser leaves more scarring than others.
- Pulsed-Dye Laser
Pulsed dye laser is the main type of laser that is used to remove warts. The blood vessels in the warts get heated up by the beam from the laser hence destroying them. The wart eventually falls off and dies because its blood supply has been cut off. The heat from the laser can also attack the virus that causes the wart and destroy it.
- Neodymium: Yttrium/ Aluminium/ Garnet laser
This type of laser targets the blood vessels in the wart, therefore, going deeper. It is also used to treat children who have wart-like tumors in the mouth or throat by beaming the light through a fiber optic cable to zap the papillomas. They share the same virus as warts.
- Erbium: Yttrium/ Aluminium/ Garnet laser
This laser heats up a small area with precision and does not cause much scaring.
Risks of Laser wart removal
The biggest risk of laser wart removal is infection since it is deemed as a surgical procedure. The infection signs include but are not limited to;
- Severe pain
- White, green or yellowish discharge on the treated area
- Tenderness or a heated feeling on the treated area
- A high fever for no reason
- Bleeding which lasts more than a week
Does it work?
Laser wart removal works since it is the last resort when it comes to warts removal. It also has minimal risks compared to other methods.