Verruca Removal London

Verruca Removal Surgery London

Verrucas can bring daily discomfort and aesthetic challenges. These benign growths, sharing similarities with warts in appearance and texture, frequently lead to irritation. Commonly located on the hands, feet, and genital areas, verrucas can be bothersome.

Discover a secure solution for verruca removal at Pulse Light Clinic across various body areas. Benefit from our advanced techniques, ensuring a safe and effective procedure. Experience minimal downtime post-treatment, and rest assured, there’s no need for a test patch.

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What is a Verruca?

A verruca, commonly known as a wart, is a small, noncancerous growth caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). It is a papilloma characterised by its rough texture and appearance on the skin or mucous membranes. Verrucas are contagious and can spread through direct contact. They are most commonly found on the hands, feet, and genitals.

Although verrucas can be unsightly and uncomfortable, they rarely cause serious health problems. However, if left untreated, they can spread to other body parts or cause pain when walking. This is especially common in plantar verrucas, which occur on the soles of the feet and can be aggravated by pressure from standing and walking.

Causes of Verruca 

The primary cause of verrucas is HPV infection. The virus enters the body through tiny cuts or breaks in the skin, leading to the development of warts. HPV has various strains, and certain types are responsible for verruca formation. The virus is highly contagious, especially in damp environments like swimming pools and communal showers.

Verrucas typically present as small, rough growths on the skin or mucous membranes. They may have a cauliflower-like appearance and can cause discomfort or pain, mainly when located on pressure points like the feet.

Verrucas have a rough texture due to an overgrowth of cells on the outer layer of skin. This growth is caused by HPV stimulating the rapid production of keratin, a tough protein that makes up the top layer of skin. As a result, verrucas may appear raised and bumpy with tiny black dots in the centre, which are blood vessels.

The HPV virus that causes verrucas can enter the skin through cuts or scratches, making them more common in broken skin areas. They are also more likely to occur in people with weakened immune systems.

Treatment at Pulse Light Clinic

Pulse Light Clinic offers advanced verruca removal treatments. Utilising state-of-the-art pulse light technology, the clinic targets and destroys the affected tissue, minimising scarring and promoting faster healing. This non-invasive procedure provides an effective solution for eliminating verrucas with minimal discomfort. The treatment is suitable for all skin types and can be performed on various body areas.

For larger verrucas or those that are stubborn to treat, Pulse Light Clinic also offers cryotherapy, which uses freezing temperatures to destroy the infected tissue. This highly effective treatment allows for precise targeting of the verruca while minimising damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

Preventing verrucas is also possible by keeping your feet clean and dry, avoiding walking barefoot in public places, and wearing flip-flops in communal showers or pool areas. If you develop a verruca, it is essential to cover it with a bandage or duct tape to prevent its spread to other areas of the body or others.

For personalised advice and to schedule a consultation, contact our experienced team at Pulse Light Clinic.

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Verruca Removal FAQs

How do you get rid of a verruca fast?

Pulse Light Clinic offers advanced verruca removal using cryotherapy, laser and curettage. These procedures efficiently target and eliminate verrucas, providing a fast and effective solution.

What causes a verruca?

Verrucas are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a highly contagious virus that can be transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact. This includes sharing towels, shoes, or other personal items with someone who has a verruca. It's important to note that not everyone who comes into contact with HPV will develop a verruca. Some people may have natural immunity to the virus or may not be exposed to it in a way that leads to infection.

What happens if a verruca is left untreated?

If a verruca is left untreated, it can potentially cause discomfort and pain. Verrucas are often located on weight-bearing areas of the feet, such as the heels or balls of the feet, making walking difficult and uncomfortable. In addition, they can also spread to other areas of the foot or even to other people if proper precautions are not taken.

Leaving a verruca untreated can also make it larger and more difficult to remove. This could require more aggressive treatment methods and may result in scarring after removal. In some cases, untreated verrucas can also cause secondary infections or complications, such as bleeding or swelling. We recommend timely removal to prevent complications and ensure optimal recovery.

Will a verruca go away on its own?

In many cases, yes, a verruca will eventually go away on its own. However, it can take months or even years for this to happen, and the verruca may continue to grow and cause discomfort in the meantime. It is also important to note that some people are more prone to developing verrucas than others, so leaving it untreated could increase the risk of future outbreaks.

For this reason, we strongly advise consulting our dermatologists if you're dealing with a verruca. Their extensive knowledge and experience enable them to provide a range of effective treatment options, including freezing, laser therapy, or chemical treatments, all designed to swiftly and efficiently remove the verruca.

Does duct tape remove verrucas?

While duct tape is a home remedy, its efficacy is doubtful and professional removal methods are recommended for faster and more reliable results.

Do verrucas leave a hole?

Verrucas can create small holes or depressions in the skin. Pulse Light Clinic's removal techniques aim to minimise scarring and promote smooth skin.

What are the black bits in a verruca?

The black bits in a verruca are caused by tiny blood vessels that grow into the wart. These blood vessels provide nutrients to the virus and help it thrive. Professional removal methods can target and remove these blood vessels, eliminating the wart. Treating verrucas as soon as possible is important to avoid them spreading or becoming more difficult to remove.

What is inside a verruca?

Verrucas are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and comprise a thickened layer of skin cells. These cells often have a black dot in the centre, where the blood vessels supplying nutrients to the virus can be found. This is why verrucas can appear dark or black. However, not all verrucas will have this black dot, and they may vary in appearance depending on their size and location on the body.

What does a verruca look like when it comes out?

When effectively treated, a verruca may gradually reduce size, change colour, and eventually disappear. Pulse Light Clinic ensures a comprehensive approach for optimal results.

What does a dead verruca look like?

A dead verruca may appear discoloured or shrivelled. Pulse Light Clinic's removal methods prioritise complete elimination for a clean and healthy appearance.

How do I know my verruca is dying?

Symptoms of a dying verruca may include reduced size, changes in colour or texture, and decreased pain. However, it is important to seek professional treatment to ensure complete elimination and prevent the spread of the virus. Our expert team uses advanced methods for effective removal and promotes healthy skin regeneration for a fully resolved verruca.

Can a verruca be cut out?

Pulse Light Clinic offers professional verruca removal methods, including precise cutting techniques when necessary, to ensure thorough and safe removal.

Does a verruca mean I have HPV?

Yes, verrucas are caused by HPV. Pulse Light Clinic addresses both the symptoms and the underlying viral infection for comprehensive treatment.

How deep do verrucas go?

Verrucas can extend into the skin layers. Our advanced removal techniques target deep layers for effective and thorough treatment.

Why is my verruca so painful?

Painful verrucas may result from pressure or location. Our in-house dermatologists provide efficient removal to alleviate discomfort and prevent further issues.

When is a verruca no longer contagious?

Verrucas become less contagious as the virus is treated. Pulse Light Clinic recommends professional removal to minimise the risk of transmission.

What happens if you pick a verruca?

Picking a verruca may lead to spreading the virus and increased discomfort. Pulse Light Clinic advises against picking and offers safe removal alternatives.

Can a verruca be cancerous?

While most verrucas are harmless, it is essential to have any unusual growths checked by a dermatologist. Our clinic offers expert consultations for peace of mind.

At Pulse Light Clinic, we not only offer advanced removal techniques targeting deep layers for effective and thorough treatment, but we also understand the pain and discomfort that can come with having a verruca. We empathise with the fact that these skin lesions can be painful due to pressure or their location on the foot.

Our in-house dermatologists are here to provide efficient removal services that alleviate discomfort and prevent further issues from arising. By removing the verruca completely, we can ensure that you no longer have to deal with the pain and discomfort associated with it.