Treatment of Warts in New York, NY
Warts are not only ugly to look at, but they can create a lot of physical discomfort and social embarrassment. Warts are viral skin growth that can appear flat, raised or have a cauliflower-like appearance, and they can appear anywhere on the body. They are most common in the 12-16-year-old age group and affect both sexes equally.
What Causes Warts?
Warts are growths on the skin caused by the common virus, Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. HPV is a double-stranded DNA virus that infects skin cells, namely keratinocytes. Keratinocytes located under skin abrasions or infected areas are especially prone to being infected by HPV. While there are many HPV subtypes, the most common warts on the hands and feet are caused by HPV types 1, 2, 4, 27 and 57. These subtypes are different than the ones that cause anogenital warts and the subtypes associated with cervical cancer.
Our immune systems naturally protect us from viruses, so reduced immunity or a poorly functioning immune system are risk factors for HPV and warts. In New York, warts can be transmitted by direct person-to-person contact or by inanimate objects that have been exposed to HPV. Locker rooms, swimming pools and bathrooms are notorious areas for the spread of warts, especially on broken skin. In these areas, it is best practice to wear flip-flops, use your own towel and avoid touching unnecessary surfaces in order to minimize the chance of being infected with HPV.
Most warts will go away without any intervention at all. Studies show that 65-80% of warts will spontaneously regress over a 2 year period. Once a wart regresses, it can, and often, reappears, and individuals who previously had warts are at a higher risk of getting warts again.
Rejuve NYC Approach to Warts
We value each person that visits us at Rejuve NYC and realize that everyone is unique and has different needs and desires when it comes to his or her skin. When you first come to our skin rejuvenation clinic, conveniently located on NYC’s Upper East Side, Dr. Marina Gafanovich and her team of skin experts will discuss with you your desires and concerns about your Freckles, learn more about your condition and medical history, and thoroughly examine your skin to ensure a proper medical diagnosis. Once we have a clear diagnosis and firm understanding of your medical history, as well as your expectations, one of our skilled experts will educate you about your condition and explain to you your most effective treatment options. During this time, we request that you express all of your concerns and ask questions you may have. Our number one goal is to make sure you are fully informed and comfortable with your choice of treatment.
Rejuve Clinic’s Treatment Options for Warts
Laser Therapy for Warts:
Fraxel Dual Laser
This is a highly popular and noninvasive treatment for freckles. Microscopic laser beams are gently applied to the skin and penetrate deep into the skin to stimulate your body’s natural ability to boost collagen production and create healthier, softer and younger-looking skin. Read More.
Clear and Brilliant
A gentle, mild and low-energy laser treatment that significantly helps reduce the appearance of freckles, fine lines and more. This is one of Rejuve Clinic’s most popular treatment options due to its brief recovery time, effectiveness and restorative nature. You can easily receive this treatment on your lunch break and go right back to work! Clear and Brilliant is an excellent choice as an anti-wrinkle preventive measure too. Read More.
Recently rated the best, new, long-term skin rejuvenation tool. With the Fractional CO2 skin Resurfacing Treatment, you will definitely receive the most results in one treatment. While this treatment is more intense and requires more healing time, it results in significant, long-term and noticeable improvements. Read More.
A Chemical Peel can be a great first start for treating freckles, numerous other skin conditions, and skin rejuvenation overall. This treatment involves gently applying an antioxidant-rich chemical solution to remove damaged, outer layers of skin.We offer superficial to deep penetration options and will tailor the treatment to your desires. Results are less blotchiness, reduced pigmentation and younger-looking skin. Read More.
Healthy Age Management
We all age, but some of us age better than others. We at Rejuve Clinic want to help you live the healthiest life possible, age gracefully and maintain a healthy skin maintenance plan. We always offer consultations on healthy lifestyle tips, sun protection, best sunscreens, diet and vitamin recommendations, moisturizer recommendations and more.
The Rejuve Clinic Difference:
Our highly trained and dedicated skin experts always put you and your expectations first. Unlike many trendy skincare spas in the city, Rejuve Clinic is run by Dr. Gafanovich, a board-certified physician who was recently rated NYC’s top internist. Our expert staff take the time to understand you and your unique skincare needs as well as address all of your concerns. We will work with you as a team for a very satisfying and compelling outcome. There is no question that at Rejuve Clinic, your skin is in good hands. Call our NYC location today for a consultation
How do dermatologists diagnose warts?
A dermatologist can tell whether you have a wart by looking at it. In rare cases, a dermatologist may need to perform a skin biopsy to be certain. If a dermatologist needs to perform a biopsy, the doctor will remove the wart and send it to a lab. At the lab, a small piece of the wart will be looked at under a microscope.
A biopsy is a safe and quick procedure for a dermatologist to perform. It should not cause any anxiety.
How do dermatologists treat warts?
Warts often go away without treatment. This is especially true when children get warts. In adults, warts may not disappear as easily or as quickly as they do in children. Although most warts are harmless, dermatologists do treat them.
You should see a dermatologist if you cannot get rid of the warts, the warts hurt, or you have many warts. Dermatologists have many treatments for warts. The treatment used depends on the patient’s age and health as well as the type of wart.
A dermatologist may use one of the following treatments:
A dermatologist may treat a wart in the office by “painting” it with cantharidin. Cantharidin causes a blister to form under the wart.In a week or so, you can return to the office and the dermatologist will clip away the dead wart.
For common warts in adults and older children, cryotherapy (freezing) is the most common treatment. This treatment is not too painful. It can cause dark spots in people who have dark skin. It is common to need repeat treatments.
Electrosurgery and curettage:
Electrosurgery (burning) is a good treatment for common warts, filiform warts, and foot warts. Curettage involves scraping off (curetting) the wart with a sharp knife or small, spoon-shaped tool. These two procedures often are used together. The dermatologist may remove the wart by scraping it off before or after electrosurgery.
The doctor may cut out the wart (excision).
If the warts are hard-to-treat, the dermatologist may use one of the following treatments:
Laser treatment is an option, mainly for warts that have not responded to other therapies. Before laser treatment, the dermatologist may numb the wart with an anesthetic injection (shot).
When flat warts appear, there are usually many warts. Because so many warts appear, dermatologists often prescribe “peeling” methods to treat these warts. This means, you will apply a peeling medicine at home every day. Peeling medicines include salicylic acid (stronger than you can buy at the store), tretinoin, and glycolic acid.
The dermatologist may inject each wart with an anti-cancer medicine, bleomycin. The shots may hurt. They can have other side effects, such as nail loss if given in the fingers.
This treatment uses the patient’s own immune system to fight the warts. This treatment is used when the warts remain despite other treatments. One type of immunotherapy involves applying a chemical, such as diphencyprone (DCP), to the warts. A mild allergic reaction occurs around the treated warts. This reaction may cause the warts to go away. Another type of immunotherapy involves getting Shots of interferon. The shots can boost the body’s immune system, which gives the body the ability to fight the virus.
There is no cure for the wart virus. This means that warts can return at the same site or appear in a new spot. Sometimes, it seems that new warts appear as fast as old ones go away. This happens when the old warts shed virus cells into the skin before the warts are treated. This allows new warts to grow around the first warts. The best way to prevent this is to have your dermatologist treat new warts as soon as they appear.
Call Our Upper East Side Location Today!
Our team of skilled skin experts at Rejuve Clinic in NYC is here to help you figure out which laser treatment is right for you and your skin. We will always find the treatment that fits best with your lifestyle and social obligations. We will help you choose the best option for healthier, clearer, smoother and more radiant skin. Call us today to schedule a consultation and learn more.