Warts are caused by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), which is a DNA virus. More than 100 different types of HPV have been identified. These include Common Warts, Palmar or Plantar Warts, Flat Warts, Cystic Warts, Genital Warts and many other types. HPV is spread by direct or indirect contact. Autoinoculation may also occur, causing local spread of lesions. Multiple modalities are available for the treatment of warts, but most are not uniformly effective.
These include topical agents such as salicylic acid, canthardin, trichloroacetic acid, podophyllin and more. Some physicians have used cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen), lasers or prescription systemic and topical medications, which have also shown minimal effectiveness.
At GentleCare Laser Aesthetics, Dr. Khan has had very good results using the radio-surgery method for treatment and permanent removal of many types of warts.
Wart removal procedure:
The lesion/wart is first prepped with isopropyl alcohol, injected with a small amount of lidocaine 2% (anesthetic), and then painlessly removed using a radio-surgery electrode*. During the procedure, the treated area is cauterized as the lesion is being removed. This means that the treated area is free of bleeding and therefore ready to be prepped with a triple antibiotic ointment and a band-aid immediately afterwards.
After the procedure, patients are asked to keep the treated area clean and free of contaminants until the wound has scabbed over. This post-procedure maintenance is done by simply cleaning the wound with mild soap and water, applying the triple antibiotic ointment (supplied by us), and a band-aid 1-2 times a day for 2 to 4 days. Typically patients see new skin after a week which is usually pink in color. The new skin then gradually starts to match the surrounding skin in days to weeks.