What are Warts?
Warts are small, noncancerous growths that appear when your skin has been infected by one of the many strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The infection speeds cell growth, causing the outer layer of the skin to thicken and harden. Warts can appear anywhere on the body but are most common on the hands and feet.
Clinical Wart Removal Methods
There are several treatments that have proven highly effective in removing warts. Clinical treatments include:
- Laser Treatment
- Removal via Shave Biopsy
- Freezing/Cryotherapy (Liquid Nitrogen): This is one of the most effective methods of wart removal. By applying a small amount of liquid nitrogen to the affected area, a blister forms underneath the wart. The dead tissue sloughs off within 1-2 weeks as the blister heals, and the wart falls off along with it.
Caring for Your Wound after Liquid Nitrogen Treatment
Following your cryogenic treatment, you’ll experience some mild side effects that include pain, blistering, and discoloration of the treated area. How you care for your wound in the days after the procedure will be critical in improving the healing process and limiting scar tissue, so:
- Don’t try to break the blister left after the treatment as it could cause infection
- Clean the area twice a day with gentle soap and tepid water
- You may take aspirin or Tylenol to alleviate the pain
- Healing can take up to three weeks
Do You Need Professional Wart Removal in St. Petersburg?
As with all our clinical and cosmetic treatments, you can count on our high standards and unparalleled skill to bring you results you simply cannot get anywhere else. If you want to be rid of warts, give St. Petersburg Skin and Laser a call to schedule a consultation.