Wart removal

Harmless and noncancerous lesions that can appear anywhere on the body. Although harmless, they are contagious and can often cause a nuisance in their location and appearance.

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A wart is a virus that targets cell growth, as a result it produces a thick layer of skin on the surface and can sometimes feel rough and firm to touch.

Although they are contagious, they are harmless and noncancerous lesions that can appear anywhere on the body. Warts can show up in groups, or otherwise known as clusters, or can appear alone.

Symptoms of warts are most commonly round shaped, flat, rough and have a skin/brownish colour.


Who can get them?

Warts can affect everybody; however, each immune system varies and can respond differently. Teenagers and children are most common to getting warts.



Warts fall into 5 different types;

Common Warts

These warts grow mainly on the hands, feet, fingers, nails, and feet. These will be thick, rough and have a domed like shape top. These types of warts have a black spot in the middle which shows a blood clot and can appear as tiny lumps on the surface of the skin.

Common warts only tend to show up when there is broken skin, for example, a person who bites their nails are more likely to get warts on this area than a person who doesn’t. These warts can transfer to other areas on the body.


Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are also known as verrucas.

The main area in which they grow are on the balls or the top of the feet, this is because we apply the most pressure here on the foot. It has a thick outer layer and firm to touch.

Plantar warts have a black spot in the middle, these are capillaries that have dried up blood in them. It can cause discomfort when walking or apply pressure to the area.

One of the main differences with these types of warts are they tend to grow into the skin rather than out. Plantar warts aren’t very big, they tend to grow to a pea size either as a single wart or in a cluster.


Flat warts are harmless and can grow anywhere on the body, but normally comes around the face, thighs and arms.

Flat warts stay close with the skin with a flesh coloured/slightly yellow. They are not painful and normally appear where there has been a tare in the skin, for example, shaving legs and tend to appear more with young adults.



Filiform warts can look very distinctive, with narrow projections that protrude from the lesion, they often grow around the mouth, nose, chin and neck.

These warts can look similar to a skin tag and appear quickly. They can be many colours from pink, yellow, brown or more neutral to your skin tone.

Filiform warts are harmless however, they can cause some pain/discomfort. Sometimes they can be itchy, irritated and in some cases bleed because of the area that they can appear in.

Filiforms are contagious and can be spread through broken skin, in an area where the skin is moist and warm or if you have been exposed to the HPV virus.

Periungual WARTS

The most common area for periungual warts to grow are the fingernails and toenails. These types of warts can be painful, and it will affect how the nail grows.

Being rough to the touch, these warts can grow alone to start but eventually grow into clusters. They can cause the nail to split, cause pain to the area the bigger they get and will cause the cuticles to be uneven and out of shape.

Ensuring you have good hygiene; this can prevent the wart from being transferred to other parts of the body.



Warts are contagious and can spread very easily between people or from one area of the body to another.

Children, teenagers and sometimes young adults are at the highest risk of getting warts as they tend to have more broken skin and contact with other people, especially young children with sharing toys and other objects that could carry the virus.

People with a weak immune system and autoimmune diseases are also common to get warts as they cannot fight back the virus as strong as others. The virus can be spread through:

Direct contact, touching an object that has had contact with the virus, for example, door handles or sharing a towel, sexual intercourse, any broken skin such as nail biting, shaving the skin and picking.


CAN I prevent getting warts?

Ways to prevent warts:

  • Don’t bite or pick at your nails.
  • Avoid walking bare foot in bathrooms that are shared as this can transfer easily from one foot to another.
  • Dry in-between toes after having a bath or shower, warts appear in areas that are moist or damp.
  • Avoid sharing anything with others, as this could cause exposure to the virus.

How do you remove warts?

Please note we do not treat clients under the age of 16 for these removals.

For anyone under the age of 18 a parent/guardian consent form must be completed and a parent/guardian must be present during treatment.

At ProSkin Clinic and Health UK we use two different techniques:

1. Advanced electrolysis – Using a small, fine needle alongside an electrical current to heat, desiccate and cauterise the wart.

2. Plasma Fibroblast – A Plasma Pen is carefully held above the skins surface and makes no contact with the lesion. The device releases a plasma energy which penetrates and cauterises the wart.

The protocol used depends on the size and location of the wart, our Advanced Clinicians will select the most suitable technique for a successful Wart Removal, in the quickest time, with a very minimal amount of discomfort.

Who will be performing my treatment?

Our highly skilled, fully licensed Clinicians, licensed and inspected by Gloucestershire Council.


How will I feel during the treatment?

Removals using advanced electrolysis isn’t the most relaxing of treatments and can feel slightly uncomfortable, however performed quickly.

Throughout the treatment you feel warmth and a sharp scratch from the needle.


How will I feel after the treatment?

Over the course of the following days post treatment, the area is expected to feel hot, swollen, sore and red however all of these effects are normal.


Is anaesthetic required?

This isn’t required, however some clients may choose to apply some local topical anaesthetic before the procedure.


How many treatments do I need?

Often more than one treatment is required for complete removal, the number of sessions depends on the size of the wart and how may there are.


Will I Be left with a footprint?

Following a Wart Removal, a small scab will appear immediately after treatment. After approximately 5 days this will naturally fall, as a result leaving a small pink mark as the lesion continues to heal. A completely natural process in the skins healing journey, gradually normalising to the skins natural colour.

A small footprint where the lesion once stood may remain as a result of the removal, however, many of our clients heal without obvious sight the wart was ever there.


What is the aftercare?


– You must not touch the treated area and must not under any circumstances remove any scab that may appear.

– Treat the area as a bump.

– The treatment area can, if absolutely necessary, washed or cleansed but soap should be avoided.

– Do not carry out any activities that cause sweating.

– No sunbathing, swimming, sunbeds, saunas, facial steaming, facial scrubs – wear sun protection for at least 48 hours after treatment and preferably for longer.

– It is important to keep the area protected with a sunscreen at all times, particularly in the summer months to avoid the risk of hyperpigmentation.

– Picking the scabs will result in unwanted scarring. These may or may not become apparent, but they may be felt rather than seen.

– Avoid using any possible skin sensitizers or irritants such as perfumes, fake tan products, perfumed body lotions etc.

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