Warts on the face and body can affect our self-confidence in a very big way. Not only do they look unsightly, they can also take some years to resolve, when left to their own devices. Depending on where on the body the warts are, they can cause irritation when rubbing against the skin or catching on clothes and jewellery.
The wart virus usually enters the skin through defects in the epidermis, which is the outer covering of the skin. Although they are common, they are often seen as an embarrassing thing to have, especially when they are on a visible part of the body, such as the face and hands.
Warts can grow almost anywhere on the body, but are commonly found on the:
Warts are one of the most common skin infections you can have, and they are caused by a virus. They are easily spread by direct contact and you can easily infect yourself again, when you touch the wart and then touch other parts of your body. Warts sit on the skin, and they look either; uneven textured growths that often look like a cabbage, or a smooth blister. They can occur on any part of the body, and while some of them cause no bother and go away on their own, others linger on, and can cause discomfort and pain.
Some common types of warts are:
Common warts – these usually grow on the fingers and toes, but they can appear anywhere. They have a rough, grainy appearance and a rounded top. They are more grey coloured than the surrounding skin.
Flat warts – are slow-growing, are small and not immediately obvious. They are smooth and flat with a rough appearance and typically occur on the face, neck, knees and wrists. They can look pink, brownish, or slightly yellow.
Filiform warts – are flesh coloured warts on the face and neck. They are small and shaped like a tiny flap or tag of skin, and grow around the mouth or nose and sometimes under the chin or on the neck.
Plantar warts – are also known as a verruca, and they grow on the soles of the feet, but unlike other warts, plantar warts grow into your skin, not out of it. These warts are flat and have a black centre, they’re surrounded by hardened skin and they can cause pain or discomfort when you walk.
Periungual warts – grow under and around the toenails and fingernails. They can cause pain and affect nail growth.
Radio surgery treatment is an ideal method for wart removal. It involves using high frequency radio waves that generate heat, which evaporate the wart. This advanced technology generates much less heat that other conventional methods, resulting in minimal scarring to the skin. Radio surgery penetrates the area of a wart, and the electrode of the radio wand travels over the wart, heating the area and removing the wart without needing to cut the skin.
With wart removal treatment, downtime is almost non-existent. You’ll be able to get back to you regular day-to-day routine quickly, without any lingering discomfort.