Laser wart removal involves the use of laser light to treat warts. If you choose to undergo this treatment, you can expect a medical professional to focus a laser beam on the wart to destroy the blood vessels that supply it with blood. The length of time required for this may depend on the size of the wart and where it is located. For a simple wart, you may need only one or two treatments that last for a half hour or less each. In most cases, the treatment isn’t painful, but you may feel a bit of stinging or burning while the laser energy is focused on your skin.
Since this form of wart removal is non-invasive, you won’t need an incision or general anesthesia to undergo treatment. Instead, you can expect the procedure to involve a laser that is focused on the wart. This beam of energy doesn’t usually affect or harm the top layers of the skin. Instead, the technician focus it in the blood vessels that supply the wart with blood. By depriving the wart of its blood supply, this type of treatment can destroy it.
Laser wart removal can be accomplished in a doctor’s office or in the outpatient department of a hospital. Since it is a non-invasive treatment, you can typically go home soon after it is over. Often, the treatment can be completed in less than 30 minutes, though you may need several treatments to destroy the wart completely. If you have multiple warts, one that is in a hard to reach area, or a wart that is very large, the removal sessions may last longer or you may have to undergo several treatments.
In most cases, using a laser for wart removal does not cause much pain, although you may feel some discomfort during treatment. You may experience some slight stinging and burning, for example, and some medical professionals will administer local anesthesia or another type of pain killer to lessen this discomfort.
After laser wart removal, you can usually expect the skin in the treated area to take on a bluish coloring, and it may appear a bit swollen. This usually only lasts for a short period of time, and in most cases, you can expect the skin to return to its normal state within a few days of treatment.