Warts are an unsightly and common problem that can become painful if left untreated. They often develop in easily irritated areas like the legs and feet. Unlike long-term topical treatments, laser wart therapy eliminates warts quickly, often in as little as one treatment session.
What Is Laser Wart Removal?
Plantar warts (verruca plantaris) develop on the soles of the feet. Though most varieties of warts do not produce pain, plantar warts can make each step feel like you’re walking on a pebble, resulting in a great deal of discomfort.
Laser wart therapy permanently removes plantar warts by burning them away with a concentrated beam of light. Dr. Schoenhaus may apply a local anesthetic during laser wart removal, but the use of an anesthetic will depend on the location, number, and size of the warts being treated.
Is Laser Wart Removal Right for Me?
Warts are commonly removed with topical treatments that use freezing, acid, and tape, but these often take up to six months of daily application to produce results. Laser wart removal accelerates this process, treating the affected skin in a one-time session. Though laser wart removal will cause temporary bruising, the skin recovers in about two weeks, leaving you both wart and pain-free.
Laser wart removal is generally considered an appropriate treatment when:
- Other treatments or medicinal therapies have been unsuccessful
- The warts are particularly large or numerous
- Wart treatment is needed during pregnancy
Other treatment benefits include:
- Generally results in no scarring
- Provides quick results
- Effective on large warts that don’t respond to other treatments
If you suffer from plantar warts and have been unable to remove them with other methods, laser wart removal may help you find relief.