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How to Remove Warts with Carbon Dioxide



Carbon dioxide laser treatments are a quick, easy, practical and effective way to remedy the problem of warts. The use of carbon dioxide laser therapy in removing warts has been proven effective in clinical studies, and is widely recommended and performed by reputable dermatologists and surgeons throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The use of this therapy has been proven to be effective in treating viral warts and seborrhoeic warts.

The Procedure

The procedure wherein warts are removed using carbon dioxide laser therapy is quite simple. Prior to the treatment, local anesthesia is administered, in order to ensure that the procedure is virtually painless and comfortable. The local anesthesia commonly used is either lignocaine-adrenaline mixtures or lignocaine digital blocks.

After the anesthesia is administered, an intense laser beam is pointed towards the area wherein the wart or warts are located, either in a continuous or intermittent manner, resulting in the burning of the wart or warts. The warts are burned and vaporized because of the highly concentrated carbon dioxide laser beam, which cuts around the wart, and upon exposure to the laser beam, the skin along with the base of the wart is vaporized and obliterated.

In most cases, only one treatment or session is necessary in order to remove the wart and the healing period for the carbon dioxide laser therapy can last between two to five weeks.

Viral Warts

According to one study, carbon dioxide laser therapy was able to completely cure all areas in which the laser treatment was applied in fifty-percent of the patients treated, who had persistent viral warts and did not respond to conventional wart treatment.

Seborrhoeic Warts

Carbon dioxide laser treatments are also very effective in treating seborrhoeic warts, which are characterized by their small size and normally located on the face, neck and chest.



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