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Your Trusted Wart & Verruca Removal Clinic in Edinburgh
Over-the-counter treatments for warts & verrucas are sometimes ineffective and you can be left wondering what to do next. At sk:n, we have a selection of proven-effective removal methods for warts & verrucas, including cryotherapy and surgical excision. Book a consultation with a member of the team in Edinburgh and find out how we can help you finally get rid of your warts & verrucas today.
The sk:n Edinburgh Medical Team
sk:n is home to more consultant dermatologists, doctors, plastic surgeons, nurses and therapists, than any other UK dermatology service provider.
The sk:n team in Edinburgh will ensure that your visit to the clinic is truly worthwhile: at sk:n we are passionate about helping you discover better skin.
So, whether you suffer from acne, unwanted facial hair, regret an old tattoo, or simply just want to freshen up your complexion – we have the most effective treatments on the market to help you achieve the results you long for.
Administered by a Qualified Doctor
Procedure time 30 minutes
No need for NHS referral
Flexible appointments available including evenings & weekends
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Warts Contagious?
Yes, warts are contagious and can easily be spread through contact to other areas of your face or body, as well as to others. After you have been infected, it can take weeks or months for a wart to actually appear on your skin.
Are there any side effects?
Some increased pigmentation in the skin may appear around the affected area, particularly for those with darker skin, although this is minimal and will disappear over time.
Can a verruca be cut out?
Yes, if your doctor decides that is the right treatment for you, the wart or verruca can be carefully cut out using a surgical scalpel.
Can you walk after verruca removal?
Yes, you should be able to go back to your normal daily activities. If this is not the case your doctor will discuss this with you in your initial consultation.
Do home treatments work?
There are of course various topical treatments you can use at home which are cheaper but less effective. Some may prove ineffective as warts become resistant and continually return.
Does laser removal leave a scar?
All of the treatments should not leave a scar but it may take several weeks or months for the area to return to normal.
Does Wart and Verruca Treatment Hurt?
The level of comfort depends on the removal technique recommended. Laser Removal is virtually pain free. In more sensitive areas, it is described as feeling like the flick of an elastic band. For Excision Removal and Cryotherapy, the area will be numbed with a local anaesthetic so you won’t feel anything. After treatment the skin left behind may be tender for a few days and will need to be covered. It’s also best to use a strong sunscreen on the area for six months, as it will be more sensitive to sunlight.
How Do You Catch Warts?
Warts are easily contracted through direct contact from a wart to healthy skin. It is also possible to develop a wart through contact with objects that have been touched by someone with a wart, for example towels, shoes and socks, or swimming pool floors. As warts are contagious, the best prevention is to treat them as soon as possible to avoid them spreading to other areas of your body, or to other people.
How Does Warts And Verrucae Removal Work?
The wart removal treatment at sk:n uses a Pulsed Dye laser to target and destroy it without damaging the healthy skin around it. The laser cuts off the blood supply to the wart, thus safely taking the wart out of the picture.
How many treatments will I need?
Your doctor will assess the size and location of the wart or verruca and advise you accordingly. Previously untreated or uncomplicated warts may be resolved in one treatment, in other cases further treatments may be needed to ensure optimum results. Where more than one session is required, a treatment is carried out every four weeks.
How Will I Feel During Warts and Verrucae Removal?
Although you may feel some mild discomfort, the laser does not generally cause any pain. Sometimes, patients with sensitive skin benefit from the use of anesthetic cream to numb the area during treatment.
Is the treatment painful?
While some mild discomfort may be felt, the procedure is quick and so most clients are happy to undergo treatment without the use of anaesthetic or painkillers.
Is wart and verruca removal expensive?
Your doctor will assess the number of warts and verrucae to be treated during your consultation and advise cost.
What are the black bits in a verruca?
The black or red-brown dots that are sometimes visible are smothered capillaries which are tiny blood vessels under the skin. The wart virus causes layers of skin to grow, so the capillaries die, hence the back dots.
What can I do to avoid warts and verrucae in the future?
You should wear comfortable shoes and make sure you don’t share shoes or socks with others, keep your feet clean and dry and change your socks daily. When your wart or verruca has been removed, make sure you don’t use the same nail file, pumice stone or nail clippers.
What Happens After A Wart or Verruca Removal Treatment?
Immediately after treatment the skin treated may be pink and tender for a few days. In some cases there may also be some blistering and you might need to keep it covered. Once the area has healed, you might notice some darkening of the skin where the wart or verruca used to be. This is temporary and the skin will go back to normal. Once the wart or verruca has been successfully treated, it will naturally dry up and fall off just as any other dead skin would.
What should I do after a wart or verruca has been removed?
Immediately after treatment, your doctor will apply cooling sk:n Aloe Vera Gel and Avène Thermal Water to the area to help soothe and hydrate the skin. There are no specific steps that you need to take after treatment and you can resume normal activities immediately. If you require more than one treatment, your doctor will advise you on how you can look after the area in between treatments.
When should I seek the advice of a doctor?
You should definitely seek the advice of a medical practitioner if you are worried that the wart or verruca is growing, keeps coming back, it is painful, bleeds or has changed shape. Also if you have a wart on your face or genital area, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. Read about our team of experts.
Where On My Body Can I Have A Wart Or Verruca Removed?
You can have a wart or verruca removed from anywhere on your body. Our doctors have years of experience removing them from faces and sensitive and hard to reach places. We will choose the right removal method according to the area to be treated, in order to achieve the best possible results.
Will a wart or verruca heal on their own?
In some cases, yes, but this could take months or years. In children, they are more likely to heal on their own, but in adults and people with a weakened immune system, this is much less likely.
Will The Wart Or Verruca Ever Come Back?
The same wart or verruca will not grow back. Although if the virus that caused the wart or verruca is still active in your body, there is a possibility that new warts or verrucae may grow.
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91 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ
You’ll find us at 91 Hanover Street, on the wide thoroughfare that’s easily accessible by a number of transport methods. We are based in one of the bright, sandstone houses that line the streets of Edinburgh and flaunt views of the city as well as close by to independent shops, bars and tourist attractions. We are a ten minute walk from Waverley station or a 7 minute walk away from the JustPark carpark. The closest bus stop is Thistle Street.