Warts are benign skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are typically small, rough, and hard growths that are similar in color to the rest of the skin. They may have a raised appearance, but can also be dark, flat and smooth.
Warts can be painful, irritating and are always cosmetically undesirable. They typically do not cause symptoms except when located on the soles of the feet where they may be painful. While warts usually occur on the hands and feet they may also affect other locations. They are not cancerous. Most warts left untreated will resolve within a few months or years, but generally, people want to get rid of them quickly once they appear.
Factors that increase the risk of wart development include; the use of public showers, walking in public pool areas with bare feet, working with meat, eczema, and a lowered immune system. The virus is believed to enter the body through exposed skin that has been compromised/injured – allowing an opening for the virus. A number of types of warts exist, including common warts, plantar warts, filiform warts, and genital warts.
Genital warts are often sexually transmitted and not able to be treated in the same way that warts on the rest of the body are. Warts are a very common problem, with most people being infected at some point in time. The estimated current rate of non-genital warts among the general population is 1–13%.
Warts may spread from person to person by direct or indirect contact, and may also spread from one area of the body to another. The Human Papilloma Virus is highly transmittable and individuals with weakened immune systems may be more susceptible to picking it up. Warts are common in children and young people, but more rarely do they affect adults.
A mole, also known as a “nevus”, is a common skin growth composed of pigment cells called melanocytes and is typically benign. These can be small or large, colorless or darkened with pigment. It is important to seek medical professional treatment for mole assessment and removal as an expert can recognize problematic color and shape changes. Moles usually show up on the body within the first year of life, but will peak in visibility in the 20’s and 30’s. The number of sunburns a person has in their life, their genetic predisposition, and melanin in the skin will determine mole development. The more atypical moles a person has, the higher their risk of developing a melanoma (cancer) will be.
Skin tags are harmless, non-cancerous, fleshy, skin growths that are usually small and brown or flesh-coloured. They are commonly seen in warm, moist areas; such as, around the neck creases, underarms, chest and groin. Skin tags are often found around the eyes and on eyelids. Skin tag development can be hereditary and are common for people who are overweight or obese, diabetic or pregnant. They are also more likely to develop as we age. Skin tags are removed very quickly and easily with minimal scarring. It is recommended to see a professional rather than attempt at-home removal as scarring or infection may develop when using “at home” skin tag removal kits.
As well, home remedies for wart removal may have disappointing or problematic results. These liquids, tapes, and creams that most often contain salicylic acid are usually purchased over the counter. Unfortunately, about 90% of our patients are those who have had a disappointing experience with the wart removal home remedies. Some found that they simply didn’t work, and some received unsightly scarring. Prescribed medications aim to remove warts by disrupting or destroying the wart cells, but they also kill normal cells in the process, so caution should be exercised especially when treating children and expectant mothers. Risks also include scarring or contamination caused by improper use.
Moles, Warts, Skin Tags Treatment
Wart removal, mole removal and skin tag removal are some of the most common procedures at Q Esthetics Laser Clinic in Toronto. Wart, mole and skin tag treatment may involve the use of a laser in conjunction with electrocautery, excision , IPL or steroid treatments. At our three convenient locations, we specialize in electrocautery wart removal (burning warts with the use of an electrical current). Our medical staff uses this method to safely remove thousands of warts each year.
What can I expect during and after the treatment?
The Nd Yag laser is one of our most powerful and effective options to eliminate skin blemishes. The energy delivered by the Palomar Nd:Yag laser is selectively absorbed by the warts blood cells; as warts are nourished by an extensive network of blood vessels. When the laser beam targets a wart, it destroys the blood vessels and the wart dies. Targeting the wart’s blood supply can lead to a regression of the lesion so that it will not keep returning. To minimize discomfort and depending on the size/number of areas to be treated, your practitioner may use a topical or anesthetic, and an ice pack or cooling gel may be placed on your skin after treatment.
Your particular treatment method for warts, moles or skin tags will depend on your individual assessment with one of our experts.
Your experienced Q Esthetics practitioner will explain the considerations and risks for your procedure to you during your consultation. Depending on the size and number of moles, warts or skin tags treated, most people will recover within a week to ten days with minimal to no scarring. You will most likely be able to return to work or normal activities the day after your procedure.
You don’t have to go through your life with unsightly warts, moles or skin tags. There are many simple and safe treatments – and at Q Esthetics, they are our specialty. Please call one of our three convenient clinics to schedule a complimentary consultation to find out how we can assist you.
*RESULTS GIVEN IN TESTIMONIALS ARE FROM REAL CUSTOMERS, BUT SIMILAR RESULTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS MAY VARY.
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