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Laser Surgery for Warts

Surgery Overview

Laser surgery uses an intense beam of light, or laser, to burn and destroy the wart tissue. It is usually done in a doctor's office or clinic. Local or general anesthetic may be used, depending on the number of warts to be removed or the size of the area to be treated.

What To Expect

The wound will be painful for a few days after laser surgery. Recovery time depends on the location and number of warts removed.

Why It Is Done

Laser surgery may be considered when:

  • Medicine has failed, and it is necessary to remove the warts.
  • Warts are large or widespread.
  • Warts need to be treated during pregnancy. Your doctor will recommend when treatment should be done during pregnancy.

How Well It Works

Laser surgery can work to treat warts. But like other treatments for warts, it doesn't always work. Some doctors use laser surgery along with another treatment to increase the chances that the wart will go away.

Risks

The risks of laser surgery for warts depends on the type of laser used. Some common risks include:

  • Pain during and after the treatment.
  • Blisters.
  • Pigment changes.
  • Possible scarring.

Related Information

Credits

Current as of: March 3, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Patrice Burgess MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Ellen K. Roh MD - Dermatology

 

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