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Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Wart Treatment

When are results anticipated?
Depending on the location and size of the wart results can take 1 – 4 treatments. Warts on the hands & feet, and large warts may take 4 or more treatments for optimal results. Laser wart treatments are performed every 4 weeks.

What are the side effects?
The most common side effects include: redness and swelling. Occasionally a blister may occur. These side effects typically are mild and resolve in 7-14 days.

What is the cost of Laser Wart Treatment?
The fee for the first treatment is $250. Any additional treatments are $125 per treatment. We are not able to bill insurance. However, we can provide all necessary documentation for you to submit a claim to your insurance company. You may also use a health savings account to pay for your treatments should your insurance not cover treatment for warts.

Is there any down time with Laser Wart Treatment?
There is not any down time to speak of with laser wart treatment. However, if a blister were to occur we have specific instructions that we would have you follow until it is healed (usually 7-10 days).

How long does the Laser Wart Treatment last?
Once a wart(s) has been successfully treated it is rare that it will return in the same exact area.However, because warts are caused by viruses it is very possible that you may develop new warts in other locations in the future.These warts, at that time, can be treated with the laser.

What does the Laser Wart Treatment feel like?

Without any comfort measures laser wart treatment feels similar to a small snapping rubber band. There is no discomfort after the laser pulse. For maximum comfort we provide numbing (anesthetic) cream, ice and chilled gel. With these measures laser wart treatment is very comfortable.

How does Laser Wart Treatment work?
The energy from the laser does two important things in eliminating the wart. First the laser energy likely destroys the virus that causes the wart. Second the laser energy eliminates the blood supply that nourishes the wart. It is also believed that the inflammation caused by the laser treatment increases the body immune response to the area, which helps in eliminating the virus.

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