We are very pleased to be able to offer our patients laser treatment, one of only a few practices in the UK with access to laser technology.
Our Laser is a 1064nm Nd YAG powerful (40w) class 4 medical laser. The use of this laser has transformed treatments for warts & verrucae and Fungal nail infections. It also allows us to effectively treat Thread veins/Spider veins (Telangectasia).
On the low level infrared settings the laser can also offer effective treatments for a range of musculoskeletal problems such as Tendonitis, Plantar fasciitis, Arthritis, Capsulitis, and quicker healing times for skin wounds.
We see its introduction as complimenting the vast experience and proficiency we have in treating warts and verrucae.
Pulses of laser energy are used to destroy the skin cells within which the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is present. Research has shown that the 1064nm Nd: YAG laser also destroys the virus, in contrast, Cryotherapy (freezing verrucae) and chemical therapy (acids/caustics) destroy the cells infected with the virus, but leave viral particles intact.
How safe is the treatment?
Treatments with this laser are completely safe and have no side effects.
Is the treatment painful?
Treatment is generally well tolerated by the majority of patients. Some warts and verrucae can be treated without the need for local anaesthesia in which case you may experience modest discomfort, the area may also be tender for a couple of days. For warts and verrucae that prove to be more challenging to clear we would apply a more aggressive laser treatment and therefore would numb the area with local anaesthesia before treatment is started.
How long does the treatment take?
The treatment usually takes about 30 minutes (a maximum of 60 minutes where there are multiple warts/verrucae and a local anaesthetic is used).
Is there a recovery period?
No the patient can go home after the procedure.
How effective is the treatment?
This will vary and is entirely dependent on how aggressive the laser is used. Potentially a 40w Nd YAG laser can clear warts & verrucae within one session if used aggressively enough. However, some patients may regard the levels (and duration) of discomfort after treatment as unacceptable. Also when used aggressively healing times can take a few weeks particularly for large weight bearing verrucae. Therefore preference is often given to adopt a more ‘patient friendly’ laser treatment regime where instead of producing ‘burnt cavities’ in the skin the laser destroys the small blood vessels that nurture the wart. This approach will often require more than one session. The Podylas 1064nm Nd YAG class 4 medical laser represents the ‘gold standard’ for the treatment of Warts and Verrucae in comparison to other treatment regimes. Since we have such vast experience in treating warts and verrucae we will instinctively know what your best treatment options will be (that might not necessarily be laser). Make an appointment us and discuss your treatment options, we are genuinely at the very cutting edge of wart & verrucae treatments.
What does the treatment cost?
£150 with local anaesthesia
£85 without local anaesthesia
( when the area is numbed with a local anaesthetic we are able to use higher power settings on the Laser and also can undertake curettage (cut out) where appropriate therefore providing a much more invasive treatment. This will significantly reduce the chances of having to repeat the procedure in the event of incomplete resolution. Without a local anaesthetic lower power settings have to be used and curetttage can not be undertaken therefore will require at least 2 or 3 sessions to provide high rates of efficacy )
“We have been undertaking Wart and Verrucae clinics since 1989 offering every credible type of treatment that there is from traditional Caustic treatment, Cryotherapy, Electro-cautery, to invasive skin surgery &Curettage. We were also one of the first Practices in the UK to introduce Multiple puncture/Dry needling. However, with our investment in laser technology we are particularly enthused with its potential as it represents the ‘Gold Standard’ in the treatment of Warts and Verrucae”.
Mrs Els Smalley, Practice Manager.
"Ensuring your feet are in safe hands"