Warts, those small pesky growths, can be a nuisance and maybe even embarrassing. Luckily, the process of getting a wart removed is relatively straightforward and is almost always minimally invasive. We'll walk you through the typical steps involved in removing a wart.
Consultation with a Healthcare Professional
The first and most crucial step is to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a dermatologist or general practitioner. They will examine the wart to confirm its diagnosis and assess its size, location, and type. Not all warts are the same, and the treatment method can vary depending on these factors.
Once our healthcare professional has evaluated the wart, they will discuss suitable treatment options with you. Common wart removal methods include:
Topical Medications: Over the counter or prescription strength topical treatments containing salicylic acid are often recommended as a treatment for common warts. These medications work by gradually breaking down the wart's tissue.
Cryotherapy: In this procedure, the doctor freezes the wart using liquid nitrogen, causing it to blister and eventually fall off. This option can be more painful depending on the area the warts are being removed from but it can also produce real results. A consultation will include checking the local area for sensitivity and vital joints or veins that may be near the wart.
Electrosurgery: A dermatologist may use an electrical current to cut off or burn the wart. This is typically done after numbing the area so the patient will not feel the procedure.
Laser Therapy: Laser treatment focuses intense laser light energy on the wart and is yet another method of destroying the tissue.
Excision: For larger or stubborn warts, the doctor may choose to surgically remove the wart. This is also typically done under local anesthesia and will be recommended based on the wart size, location, and density.
Healthcare professional take an overview of your specific needs and will administer treatment at our 55th Street New York office location. The entire process can be completed in a single office visit for procedures like cryotherapy, electrosurgery, or laser therapy.
After the wart removal procedure, you will also be given complete instructions for post-treatment care. This often includes keeping the area clean, avoiding picking or scratching the treated area, and, if necessary, applying an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment like topical medications that require reapplication regularly to be effective. You may schedule another visit during your appointment or if you need to check your schedule, we can set a reminder to check in with you to recommend a follow up treatment date. In some cases, multiple treatment sessions may be required. It is often more effective and less painful to manage the process over time, particularly for large or stubborn warts.
Monitoring and Healing
Over time, the treated wart will gradually shrink or slough off. Though healing times can vary depending on the treatment method and individual factors, healthy skin will replace it. Don’t worry, we can walk you through the process.
Consulting with a healthcare professional is the first step to figuring out the right removal method and plan of attack for your specific wart.