Laser for wart removal

If you have tried over the counter wart removal treatments with no success, your doctor or dermatologist may recommend laser wart removal. This type of treatment is most commonly used for warts on the feet.

During laser surgery, an intense beam of light is used to burn and destroy the wart tissue. It is a fairly common and quick procedure but unlike most other wart treatments, it cannot be done at home. Although it is usually reserved for the largest and most difficult cases of warts, it is important to keep in mind that laser wart removal does not guarantee results. The recovery time after laser wart removal can be long and it is common for the treated area to be painful for several days afterwards. Occasionally, several treatments are required. Laser for wart removal can also be quite expensive.

Different types of laser treatments

There are several different methods for removing warts with a laser. C02 lasers, which have been in use for many years, can be fairly effective but are associated with prolonged pain, delayed healing and scarring. A more recent technique is pulsed dye laser (PDL), which cuts out the blood vessel that delivers nutrients to the wart, burning away the virus and simulating an immune-like response.  A third option is photodynamic therapy (PDT), which involves applying light sensitive cream to the wart before it is blasted with specific light wavelength.

Who should use laser for wart removal?

The vast majority of warts and verrucas can be treated at home, using over the counter solutions. However, there are times when a doctor or dermatologist may recommend laser for wart removal:  

  • If you have had a wart for several years.
  • If you have tried a number of different wart treatments and they have not had the desired effect.
  • If your wart is causing you a lot of pain.
  • If your warts are large and widespread.

Since laser surgery is associated with pain, it is not suitable for removing warts in children.

Wart removal with formic acid

Formic acid has been shown to eliminate over 9 in 10 warts, how does it work and who should use it?

Removing warts

There are a number of different methods for removing your wart, what are the different options?

What are the alternatives to laser wart treatment?

Laser surgery for wart removal is usually only considered after other wart treatments have failed. Most warts can be treated at home with either a formic acid solution, which has a proven track record of eliminating warts in nine out of ten people1, or freezing the wart with Nitrous Oxide, a very cold gas that freezes the wart at -80°C. If over the counter solutions are not effective, other clinic treatment options include burning warts, freezing warts (cryotherapy) and surgery (curettage).

1 2001 Topical formic acid puncture technique for the treatment of common warts.
Ramesh M. Bhat, MD, DVD, DNB, Krishna Vidya, MD, and Ganesh Kamath, MBBS, DVD

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