How Are Warts Treated?
As mentioned above, the preferred and most effective treatment for warts (although not the only one we provide) is laser therapy via the Cutera GenesisPlus laser system.
During the brief (10-15 minutes) procedure, light energy from the laser seals off blood vessels that supply the wart. Once it’s been cut off from oxygen and nutrients, the wart itself will disappear naturally and does not need to be “burned,” “frozen,” or “peeled” off (as with traditional destructive treatment methods). Laser therapy also requires no downtime or aftercare beyond the appointment itself. You simply go back to your normal activities.
In most cases, 3-8 sessions spread out over several weeks are needed to fully clear all plantar warts.
Other treatment options that may be selected instead of (or in addition to) laser therapy include:
- Topical medications that you apply once or twice a day. This includes drying agents, as well as drying agents mixed with antiviral agents.
- Cutting the wart out entirely (excision). This is typically a last resort, since it can be painful and takes time to heal.
When you visit our office, we will be sure to evaluate your situation carefully and explain all your options to you fully so you can make an informed decision about your health care.
If you’re ready to be rid of your plantar warts for good, give us a call at (603) 431-6070, or request an appointment via the contact form on this page.