Wart Removal- Adelaide
Warts are very common non-cancerous growths of the skin caused by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), a DNA virus. More than 100 HPV subtypes are known, giving rise to a variety of presentations. Skin infection occurs in the superficial layers of the epidermis, causing proliferation of the keratinocytes (skin cells) and hyperkeratosis.
Frequently Asked Questions
HPV is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact or autoinoculation. This means if a wart is scratched or picked, the viral particles may be spread to another area of skin. The incubation period can be as long as twelve months.
Diathermy utilizes an electrical current to cauterize the warts tissue resulting in their destruction subsequent removal. This method is favourable when compared to liquid nitrogen as it is specifically targeted with reduces the likelihood of scarring. 1 – 2 treatments generally suffice to eradicate the wart.
Non-ablative lasers such as the Nd:YAG is becoming increasingly popular for the treatment of warts due to their ability to specifically target the warts vascular supply and burn the affected tissue within the wart, whilst minimising trauma to surrounding tissue. The laser is often the treatment of choice for warts that have been unresponsive to other treatment options. Treatment number will vary depending on the size and location of the wart generally between 2 – 3 treatments.
Either contact cooling, chilled air or topical anaesthetic is used to provide comfort during treatment.
Following diathermy, the area is cauterised the area becomes inflamed which induces an immune response causing the wart to dry into a crust which generally falls off within 5 – 14 days after treatment. The area may require a second touch up treatment to remove all traces of the Wart, therefore preventing its reoccurrence. However, the immune reaction following treatment is usually efficient enough to remove the Wart.
The treatment of Warts with the laser has a similar effect to diathermy treatment.
No treatment is universally effective at eradicating viral warts. In children, even without treatment, 50% of warts disappear within 6 months, and 90% are gone in 2 years. They are more persistent in adults but they clear up eventually. They are likely to recur in patients that are immune suppressed.
There is virtually no downtime following the procedure, although it is not unusual to experience mild tenderness and in some cases light bruising in the injected areas following treatment. These effects generally subside shortly after. It is not uncommon for a top-up treatment to be performed two to four weeks following the initial treatment as this ensures the accuracy and longevity of the desired effects.
Why Choose Advanced Cosmetic Medicine
Our commitment to you is to provide you with the highest standard of service, treatment and patient care. You will always receive personal attention and treatment from Dr Rahma Targett each and every time you visit us.
Dr Targett will take the time to listen to your cosmetic needs and provide you with sound advice and realistic expectations. We will work with you to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Dr Targett will take the time to explain the procedure and provide you with expectations of the outcomes.
Following your treatment, we will provide you with the aftercare and advice that you deserve. At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, you will have the peace of mind that you are being treated by a qualified doctor in aesthetic medicine.
Dr Targett and her team will provide you with everything you need to achieve your aesthetic and health goals.
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