notts / london
What is a wart or verruca?
A wart is a lump of skin cells that is growing abnormally due to being infected with the Human Papilloma Virus. There are many subtypes of this virus that can cause cervical cancer amongst other illnesses. Most warts are completely harmless but can be unsightly and painful.
A verruca is a type of wart that grows on the bottom of feet.
- Tend to be round or oval-shaped (although some are long and thin)
- Are usually firm and raised
- Have a rough, irregular surface similar to a cauliflower (although some are smooth)
- Vary in size, from less than 1mm to more than 1cm across
- Can appear on their own or in a group
- Develop on the soles of the feet
- Are white, often with a black dot in the centre
- Tend to be flat rather than raised
- Can be painful if they're on a weight-bearing part of the foot
What can be done to remove my wart or verruca?
Who is the treatment suitable for?
You will need to book a consultation with our doctor to make certain that your lesion is suitable for the treatment.
What happens during the procedure?
Dr Maini will administer some local anaesthetic to numb the area being treated. He will then perform the removal. Most wart removal procedures only require one visit and on average take just 15-20 minutes.
What are the side effects or risks?
The procedure is not usually painful because of the local anaesthetic. After the removal, you may experience:
- Minor swelling
What results can I typically expect?
The warts very occasionally regrow initially after treatment but 1-4 treatments are enough to remove the most difficult warts that have been resistant to all other methods.
Our wart removal techniques give fantastic results - most lesions require no dressings and within 3-4 weeks all that remains is a small red or pink mark. By six weeks this has normally disappeared. This surgery is ideal for any raised lesion on the skin – especially the face, due to the superior healing it offers.
Before your procedure
We offer a 'Send a picture' service which allows you to send in some photographs of your wart/verruca for our doctor to look at. Doctor Maini can then advise whether he can do the treatment for you and how much it is likely to cost. It also means the doctor can usually treat you on the day of your consultation therefore meaning less inconvenience for you.
You may wish to take the day off work dependent on the size of the lesion but should be able to return the following day. You will be advised on the best aftercare at the time of the procedure. Recovery should take one to four weeks depending on the size of the lesion. Dr Maini is available via Whatsapp for advice following your procedure should you need him.