Laser Surgery For Warts – The Procedure, Cost, Recovery & Aftercare

Laser surgery involves the use of an intense beam of light or laser to burn off and destroy the wart tissue. There are basically three types of laser which include: The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser; the YAG laser (Yttrium aluminum garnet); and the pulsed dye laser.

PROCEDURE

The use of laser surgery involves targeting the wart with a laser or an intense beam of light and then the beam of light is passed through the epidermis of the skin, which is the upper layer of the skin, and the light then targets the tiny blood vessels that feed the wart, near the middle layer of the skin which is called “the Dermis”.

When the laser targets the small blood vessel that feeds the wart, it kills the blood vessel feeding the wart and effectively starves it until warts dry up and fall off. The laser kills on the infected place and leaves the surrounding tissue unharmed and undamaged.

PURPOSE OF USING LASER SURGERY

Laser surgery is used to:

  • Cut or destroy the tissue that has been infected without harming the healthy and normal tissue.
  • Shrink the lesions
  • Close the nerve endings to reduce pain after the operation has been done
  • Seal blood vessels to lessen the loss of blood.
  • Seal lymph vessels to reduce swelling
  • Remove warts

Laser surgery typically causes no scarring, and it requires the use of a local anesthetic. It is most expensive than other mole removal method, and it is majorly used to treat warts that are vast and hard to cure and so it cannot be recommended as an initial treatment.

The cost of each treatment is dependent on the number and sizes of warts, as well as how many times the procedure will be used. Laser surgery removal treatment can efficiently and permanently remove warts on fingers, fingernails, face, feet, hands, elbows, and knees. It is effective and works for most types of skin growths.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SURGERY

The wound will be painful for some days after laser surgery has been done and the recovery time depends on the number of warts that has been removed and the location of warts on the skin. After laser surgery has been done and you observe the following, like bleeding, fever, severe pain and an unpleasant smell or yellowish discharge, then you have to see a doctor.

AFTERCARE

There may be need to prescribe pain relieving drugs (Analgesic) and there should be provided easy-to-understand, written instructions on how to use the medications. The amount of time taken for the patient to recover from surgery depends on the surgery and the individual. Recovery time for laser surgery is fast however.

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