Wart Removal with Radiosurgery*
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 Gentle Care Laser Aesthetics, Dr. Khan has had very good results using the radio-surgery method for treatment and 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.
*results can vary based on individual conditions
What is Radiosurgery?
Radiowave is a technology used to treat a variety of soft tissue conditions, from the skin to deeper tissues. The treatment of warts, moles, and other skin growth takes only a few minutes with this technology. Dr. Khan specializes in removal of lesions (moles, skin tags, warts, papules, brown spots, solar keratoses and other growths) on the face and body. The techniques he uses are particularly useful for facial growths as there is no scarring and the healing period is short.
what areas are most suitable to perform Radiosurgery?
Radiosurgery effectively removes outgrowths present on any part of your body: Face: The technique is particularly useful for facial growths and acne spots as there is no scarring and the healing period is short. Armpits / Breasts / Neck / Groin: The technique is often used to remove skin tags under the armpits or breasts, around the V-line of neck, and in the groin. Arms / Legs / Back: It removes brown spots, solar keratoses, and other growths