Warts are small lumps that often develop on the skin of the hands and feet. They are caused by being infected with the human papilloma virus (HPV) which causes the body to produce an excess amount of keratin, a hard protein, which develops in the top skin layer (epidermis). The extra keratin produces the rough, hard texture of a wart.
Warts vary in appearance and may develop singly or in clusters. Some are more likely to affect particular areas of the body. For example, verrucas are warts that usually develop on the soles of the feet.
Warts are non-cancerous, but can resemble certain cancers and so the need for a proper diagnosis is very important.
Many people will have warts at some point in their life, but they tend to affect children and teenagers more than adults.
Plantar Warts (Verrucas)
The term ‘plantar warts’ is used for those that occur on the soles of the feet (the ‘plantar’ surface). They are commonly known as verrucas. Plantar warts are caught by contact with infected skin scales – for example from the floors of public locker rooms, shower cubicles and the areas around swimming pools. The virus is not highly contagious.
Verrucas vary in size, from just a few millimetres to more than one centimetre. They may have a rough surface that protrudes from the skin surface. Close inspection with a magnifying glass may reveal small black dots
Consultation for Wart removal
In the consultation, your wart will be assessed and we will advise you if laser wart removal is suitable for you and tell you the cost of the treatment. Prior to your treatment you will be assessed by a fully qualified dermatologist who will examine the wart before any treatment commences and ask you a few questions about your medical background.
How will the Wart or Verruca be removed?
Before the area is treated, we will ask you to prepare it by removing the dead skin surrounding the wart. You will be provided with a pre-treatment advice sheet to follow. One of our trained specialists will use the laser which produces light energy that selectively targets and destroys the blood vessels that nourish the wart, as well as thermally destroying the virus.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person, because each individual responds differently to treatments.