What are Verrucas?
Verrucas, also known as plantar warts, are small, white growths usually found on the hands and feet. They are often recognised by the small black dots found in their centre, which occur from the clotting of tiny blood vessels on the skin’s surface.
Though they are not particularly harmful, they may feel tender or painful when weight is placed on them. As verrucas commonly occur on the feet and toes, they tend to look relatively flat because of the pressure applied to them from standing. Verrucas are commonly found on the most pressure-bearing parts of the foot, the balls and heels. Warts, however, will usually appear slightly domed.
Most plantar warts are due to a virus that enters the body via microscopic fractures or wounds on the soles of the feet. Although the virus is not very infectious, a moist atmosphere may facilitate its transmission. As a result, bare feet coming into contact with infected surfaces in changing rooms and shower stalls may transmit the infection.
One of the most prevalent types of warts is the verruca, which may afflict anybody at any age. However, verrucas are found to develop more frequently in adolescence or early adulthood. Here at Eden Skin Clinic, we offer two advanced treatments at our Wimbledon and Kensington clinics to effectively remove verrucas.
What Treatments are Available for Verrucas and Warts?
At Eden Skin Clinic, we offer two effective treatment options that can be used to help remove verrucas. These treatments are available at both our Kensington and Wimbledon clinics.
CryoPen Treatment (also known as Cryosurgery) is a safe and highly effective method of freezing and removing benign skin lesions such as verrucas. It uses highly pressured liquid nitrous oxide to destroy the tissue quickly and with little residual stinging.
At Eden Skin Clinic, we perform this treatment using CryoPen. This advanced procedure does not require anaesthetic and is a convenient choice for clients due to minimal aftercare. We typically recommend an initial session, followed by a second visit, roughly 4-6 weeks later, to confirm that all pathological tissue has disappeared. In some cases, further treatment may be needed, with most lesions requiring around 1-3 sessions for permanent removal.
Advanced Electrolysis works by using an electric current and a very fine needle to cauterise a skin imperfection such as a verruca. Our experienced and highly trained advanced electrolysis practitioners use a sterilised, disposable probe and variable current.
This produces a heating effect that causes the structure and its content to coagulate or dry up when applied to the blemish.
What Causes Warts and Verrucas?
Warts are caused by infection from the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus causes an excess amount of keratin, a hard protein, to develop in the surface layer of the skin known as the epidermis. The build-up of extra keratin produces a rough, hard texture.
Plantar warts or verrucas are caused by the HPV virus entering the body through openings in the skin after contact with contaminated surfaces. As a result, you are more likely to spread a verruca if your skin is wet or damaged. In most cases, it can take months or even a year for a verruca to appear after contact with the virus.
Through intimate skin-to-skin contact, the virus from the verrucae may spread. Because of the live virus inside them, they remain infectious as long as they exist in the body. Sometimes the virus may be transmitted by infected people sharing items like towels, socks, shoes, baths, and public showers.
Additionally, those with damp, supple, ulcerated, or damaged skin on their feet are more susceptible to contracting the illness than those with dry, healthy skin. If a person scratches, picks or tries to remove a verruca themselves, this damage often causes it to rupture and bleed, aiding in the virus’s propagation to other areas of the body or other people.
When you book a consultation at either our Wimbledon or Kensington clinic in Central London, one of our skin specialists can explain further and answer any questions you may have.
Verruca Treatment Costs
If you are interested in our CryoPen treatment or Advanced Electrolysis to treat and remove warts and verrucas, please get in touch with Eden Skin Clinic today. We would be happy to assess your skin concern and work with you to create a bespoke treatment plan.
Please fill out our online consultation form if you are ready to get booked in for our treatments. We will get back to you shortly to schedule an appointment.
You may also call us at either our Wimbledon or Kensington clinics in Central London. Our expert team would be happy to answer your questions and help you find a treatment that suits your needs.