Laser removal is one of a variety of wart treatment methods. Most frequently, it is opted for because of time considerations as it does not require long treatment with local medications, or in those cases when warts are resistant to other treatment methods. Warts can be removed with laser from any parts of the body, including removal of pointed condylomas that appear on genital organs.
How is the procedure carried out?
In view of the localization and number of warts, most often the procedure is performed under local anaesthesia with a local anaesthetic being injected under the skin and, therefore, it is absolutely painless. When removing warts, the laser energy is focused directly on the tissue that forms the wart, annihilates and removes it. The procedure itself lasts 10 to 30 minutes depending on the number, size, and localization of warts.
In order to avoid the risk of introduction of infection, the treated area must be kept dry and clean after the procedure. The doctor will consult on the skin care at home.
To read more about warts, their types and treatment methods please visit – warts and condylomas information page.
Laser removal of mollusca and papillomas. Contagious molluscus
This is a viral skin disease caused by a proxy-virus. The virus is spread all over the world. Children and teenagers are affected by the disease most often; adults suffer from it less frequently. Infection can be direct – after contact with people affected by the disease or with virus carriers or indirect – through infected items. Children attending public institutions and events form a frequently-infected group. The disease also affects adults who go to public swimming pools. The latent period lasts 2-3 weeks to several months; sometimes – as long as up to 1 year.
How does contagious molluscus look like?
Small isolated glossy concave-centred nodules of round or oval shape with a pearl shade appear on the skin. Their feet are narrowed. In most cases, their diameter is 1-5 mm; sometimes – up to 10 mm. The localization of nodules varies: they can be situated in the areas of the face, neck, underarms, chest, hands, in the popliteal, groin, or genital areas. Some affected people have single nodules, while others suffer from broader spread of nodules.
This procedure is performed very quickly and, therefore, allows removal of all existing nodules at a time. In order to mitigate the feeling of discomfort, a small amount of local anaesthetic can be applied. During the procedure, the molluscus is removed immediately. Papillomas are removed in a similar manner.
- Do not touch, rub, or otherwise irritate the nodules.
- Do not shave the infected area.
- Do not use other people’s towels, blades or other hygiene articles.
- Avoid sexual intercourse until the nodules heal completely.
- Observe personal hygiene rules.