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Verrucae & Warts

Warts appear as small rough lumps on the skin. Warts can occur anywhere on the body but occur most commonly on hands and feet. They range in size from 1 mm to several cm. Sometimes only one or two warts develop, but often multiple warts develop in a single region. The shape and size of warts vary, and they are sometimes classed by how they look. For example: common warts, plane (flat) warts, filiform (finger-like) warts, mosaic warts, etc.

Verrucas are warts that occur on the soles of the feet. They are the same as warts on any other part of the body. However, they may look flatter, as they tend to get trodden in. 

Verruca and wart development is caused by a benign infection of the surface layer of the skin with HPV (human papilloma virus). This virus is very contagious and can be passed from different parts of the body and onto other people. Not everyone is affected by this virus and different people are more susceptible to the virus than others.


The predominantly held view is that verruca's and wart's will generally resolve themselves given time, but this period of infection can be quite lengthy (often measured in months or years) and be a time of both pain and social restriction.  Recurrence is not uncommon.


Meanwhile, there are safe and effective methods to treat a verruca or a wart, including:

  • Keratolytics - Kills the virus but may take many months and does not have a good success rate
  • Cryotherapy - Liquid nitrogen kills the infected tissue but several treatments are needed and the wound can blister and take a time to heal. It is also a painful treatment with pain lasting hours or even days after treatment.
  • Laser. - Fast & effective

Laser treatments

A 1064nm Nd:YAG laser is the most successful treatment of verrucas available today and works by destroying the blood supply to the wart without causing damage to the skin. The laser energy heats up the wart or Verrucae, sealing its blood supply and causing the lesion to die.

Laser treatment is successful in over 90% of cases, resulting incomplete removal of the Verruca or Wart and normally skin showning underneath it within 30 days.



Verruca and Wart treatment is usually charged per lesion and this can vary from clinic to clinic from £50 to £90 per verruca with a discount available for multiple treatments in the same session.

Read more of the conditions that can be treated with a Fotona Laser system