Warts are unseemly blemishes that appear on our skin out of nowhere. One day we may have clear, beautiful skin only to wake up the next day plagued with an ugly wart. There are many types of warts and each can be eradicated with laser wart removal treatments.
Warts are an infection that affects the top layer of skin, generally caused by strains of HPV. The human papillomavirus attacks the outer layer of our skin through a cut or scratch. Once the virus enters the body, it leads to the growth of cells on the outer layer of skin. Because the cells grow rapidly on the outer layer, warts can form so quickly that you will not see them coming.
At IGBeauty we use the Lumenis IPL laser and the Nd:Yag laser. Both laser wart removal treatments are FDA and Health Canada approved, safe for all skin types and require minimal downtime after the procedure. Nd:Yag and Lumenis IPL lasers are non-ablative which means they do not cause any harm to the skin’s surface because only the targeted areas are affected by the heat of the device.
This type of laser treatment is ideal for removing plantar, Verruca Vulgaris and Verruca Filiformis warts. Lumenis IPL (intense pulsed light) uses special filters to determine which part of the dermis (the skin underneath the top layer) can absorb the light enough to disintegrate the wart. Then, the tissue is targeted and heated, causing damage to the wart. The wart will vanish completely after 3-4 sessions. In some cases, plantar warts respond to the first round of treatment and disappear without requiring follow-up sessions.
One of the most popular laser wart removal treatments for the periungal and subungal type, the Nd:Yag laser uses dual-wavelength technology to heat the affected area. The heat is strong enough to weaken the parasitic fungi that is causing the wart without triggering damage to the surrounding skin and tissues. After one treatment you will see a difference in the size of the wart and after two treatments the wart will disappear. The Nd:Yag laser also prevents the wart from reoccurring and leaves the skin smooth without any scarring.
If left untreated, warts can damage your skin and leave you more susceptible to fungal and bacterial infections. Please contact IGBeauty to book an appointment for laser wart removal treatments.
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Many people wonder if warts are contagious, and if they can be transferred by skin contact. The fact is, warts are usually benign, but since they result from the “human papilloma virus”, they can be contagious. HPV (in some part of the body) is not uncommon in the overall population. As such, warts are commonly found on the hands, feet, knees, and even the face. Studies show that common warts do spread by skin-to- skin contact. However, severity depends on personal health.What’s important with common warts is prevention - wearing shoes around the pool, being careful at the gym and locker room, and being careful about sharing towels, socks, and shoes.
Seborrheic Keratoses can often be confused with warts. These are non-cancerous skin growths that vary in size and colour – they sometimes look as if they are "stuck” on the skin. Seborrheic Keratoses is known to be hereditary, but not contagious. And while these skin growths are found on many parts of the body, they generally do not pose a danger. For some, they may be a bother, if only by their appearance. Because these types of skin growths also develop with age, they are also mistaken for age spots. For those who are concerned, there’s no reason to confuse common warts or Seborrheic Keratoses with melanoma (although its always better to err on the safe side).
Flat warts are recognizable as smooth and flat. They vary in coloring and are commonly found on the face, hands, and legs. Sometimes referred to as “juvenile warts”, they are common amongst children and younger adults. Flat warts are only slightly raised and therefore hardly noticeable noticeable. In general, all warts are a result of the human papilloma virus (HPV), although flat warts are caused by very specific strains. Here again, contagion is possible – flat warts can be spread by using personal objects and can actually be spread from one part of the body to another.
Although Salicylic Acid is considered a caustic substance, many over-the- counter wart treatments contain Salicylic Acid as a treatment. It’s commercially advertised as easy to use, and will offer varying results when applied properly. There are some precautions to be taken, particularly with very young children. Because other types of skin growths can resemble warts, it’s important to be safe rather than sorry, and that means seeking some professional skin care advice before treating with Salicylic Acid. Experts agree that self-treating should be undertaken with extra care. Most importantly, there should be absolutely no doubt that the skin growth is actually a skin wart.
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