A wart is a fleshy growth on the skin caused by infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). A verruca is another name for a type of wart (plantar warts) that is usually found on the soles of the feet. About one in ten people have warts at any one time and nearly everyone has at least one wart at some point in their lives. The virus is more prevalent among children and adolescents. Although warts can be unsightly and embarrassing for people who have them, the common type of wart generally causes no harm and most will eventually disappear by themselves within six months to two years.

Laser Treatment

Laser treatment of warts/veruccae is an effective alternative to traditional treatments and is particularly suitable for large or widespread warts or veruccae that have failed to respond to traditional treatments (freezing and acid treatments).

Fotona's Nd:YAG range of lasers are an effective way of removing warts since they target the dilated blood vessels at the base of the wart as well as effectively destroying the virus and disinfecting the surrounding tissue

In most cases warts that are treated with lasers are permanently removed after one treatment. In contrast to surgical removal, laser treatment causes no scarring, and generally requires only a local anesthetic. Clinical results show that there is no presence of the DNA of the virus that causes warts/veruccae in the plume of the laser meaning that there is no risk that the treatment will spread the virus.