Verruca treatment Bristol


Warts usually have a “cauliflower” like appearance, and commonly appear on the hands. Verrucas sometimes called plantar warts or spelled verrucae – are warts that develop on the soles of the feet. Cryotherapy is great at treating stubborn warts and verrucas, even if other methods have failed.

They can turn dark and flake away after treatment. Depending on the size and the depth, sometimes a second treatment is required if they’re still apparent after 4 weeks.

We may ask you to exfoliate any dry or hard skin from the wart/verruca before your appointment

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Cryotherapy How it works

What happens during a treatment?

The super fine applicator is held closely to the skin imperfection and liquid nitrogen sprayed onto the distorted, unhealthy tissue only. This is usually from 1-30 seconds, depending on the size and depth. The legion is then allowed to thaw and return to its natural colour. The process may be repeated in the same session if required.

Are there any side effects?

Cryotherapy is non-invasive and relatively low risk.

  • There are a few side effects that may occur as a result of treatment, including:
  • Temporary pigmentary changes (hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation) in the treatment site. If this happens skin colour normally returns after a few months.
  • Temporary loss of sensation (particularly in areas where nerves lie close to the surface of the skin, on fingers, wrist, area behind the ear) Reports show that normal sensitivity returns after a few months.
  • Blister in the treatment area – this will be reabsorbed by the skin.
  • Side effects are very rare, but please discuss any concerns you have with your clinician.

Cryotherapy Frequently asked questions

How long do Cryotherapy treatments take?

Application time is 1 to 30 seconds, usually with one or two passes per treatment – depending on your individual assessment. Application for small lesions like skin tags & milia is just a few seconds. We usually book a 30 minute appointment session, which give us time to do a full consultation before your treatment.

How much will the treatment cost?

The cost of treatment will depend on the type of imperfection and the size of the area. Individual costs can be discussed over the phone or at a face to face consultation. You may require more than one session depending on your response to the treatment – should this be required, we offer this at a discounted rate.


How safe is cryotherapy with Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a low-risk procedure. Cryotherapy rapidly cools the targeted area and and not the healthy surrounding tissue.

Does it hurt?

It is virtually painless. The accuracy of Cryotherapy means that healthy skin around the site of the lesion is less likely to be effected, and therefore it is not painful. Treatment is generally very well tolerated, even with those with a low pain threshold. The sensation is similar to a stinging nettle on the skin when the nitrous oxide reaches the bottom of the area, but this vanishes quickly. There might be a little residual stinging for a few minutes after treatment.

The area will be slightly itchy for about ten minutes. Occasionally a blister might form and persist for a few hours.

What is the after care?

After care is minimal as there is no wound or raw area. However, a small blister is not uncommon in the first 24 hours, this is reabsorbed by the skin quickly. The lesion will dry up, assume a darker colour and slough off in 1 to 2 weeks. It is very important not to pick at the area as this will increase healing time.

What is the expected healing process?

Healing occurs from 1-6 weeks depending on depth of and size of lesion. Lesions usually assume a darker colour (this is the dead cells), as the skin regenerates underneath it will slough or flake away.

Will it leave a scar?

Generally no. Cryotherapy preserves the tissue matrix which is relatively cold resistant, and therefore allows for proper cosmetic healing with minimal scarring. This will of course depend on your skin type, and how well you follow the aftercare advice.Hypo-pigmentation in the area (a small pink patch of skin, where new skin has formed, that is lighter in colour) may be visible for 2-6 months. This color loss may take longer to return in darker pigmented skin.

Hypo-pigmentation in the area (a small pink patch of skin, where new skin has formed, that is lighter in colour) may be visible for 2-6 months. This color loss may take longer to return in darker pigmented skin.

What if I have darker skin?

Repeated short freezing cycles recommended if you have a darker skin type. This just means that you may need two sessions spaced a few weeks apart to remove your lesion rather than just one.

Can children be treated?

Yes, because of the reduced discomfort, we are often able to treat younger patients without distress. You will be asked to fill in a parental consent form before your child’s treatment.

Who isn’t the treatment suitable for?

Pregnant or breastfeeding women and those with auto-immune disorders or cold sensitivity are not suitable for treatment. It is not suitable for those that suffer from keloid scarring.

Verrucas are a very common and unpleasant problem for many people. One of the most common verruca treatments is salicylic acid, which is very efficient at painlessly removing layers of skin. But what if this approach just don’t work?

Luckily, Pro Clinics are experts when it comes to verruca removal, and freeze them quickly and effectivly using a device called a Cryopen. The Cryopen sprays a very fine and powerful just of liquid nitrogen onto the verruca which freezes it and kills it off once and for all.

Many people are left pulling out their hair in despair about these pesky, ugly warts that will simply not leave. The advice given to most people is, ‘never mind, they often go away all by themselves after a while.’ Which for many people suffering with this condition must be maddening advice!

There are countless stories on the internet of desperate verruca treatment attempts, including old folk remedies, sticking duct tape onto the verruca and ripping it off, even more shocking are the people that became so fed up with their verrucas, that they have actually tried to cut their bothersome verruca treatment out with a with scissors of a sharp knife. As well as being very painful, this is also a potentially very dangerous way of attempting a verruca removal. Leave it to the experts!

There is a high chance that thee DIY attempts could actually make things worse as it can cause the virus to spread.

There is something else that can be used for verruca treatment that isn’t advertised very well, even though it can be successful. The ingredient glutaraldehyde that is predominantly used in biological laboratories as disinfectant and a fixative. Glutaral comes in a small bottle and can be applied to the verruca; it is often referred to as ‘wart paint’.

Verruca treatments often involve the use of a pumice or emery board to slowly wear down the warts. It is a slow treatment but after a few months of careful treatment (the lotion mentioned above must be applied twice day and night without fail) it can be an effective method of removing unsightly verrucas without damaging the healthy skin around it.

If verruca’s do not clear with the treatments described above, removal under a local anesthetic may be considered; your specialist will advise you and may refer you to see a consultant. This verruca treatment technique involves scraping the plantar wart away using a sharpened spoon-like instrument (a curette), and then to cauterize the remaining raw area. However, all surgical procedures for verruca treatment leave scars and these may be painful on the sole.

Verruca treatments have been successfully carried out for many years by using various methods such as electrocauterization. Although this is an effective verruca removal method, the uncomfortable downtime has led to further technologies being developed.

One new method of verruca removal is plexr therapy. This is a revolutionary new system using plasma – the fourth state of matter to treat directly and target the verruca whilst preventing the spread of heat to the surrounding tissue.

Plasma is formed by the ionization of atmospheric gas to stimulate contraction and shorten the tissue fibres.  It is used widely for verruca removal, keloid scarring, acne, ptosis, rhytids, moles, stretch marks, herpes simplex, and warts.

It works by drying the wart or verruca and stimulating the surrounding area. The healing process delivers inflammatory cells to the site to fight infection. This inflammatory phase occurs within hours of the verruca removal being carried out, therefore encouraging the body to reject the verruca or wart and clear the lesions.

Right after treatment a crust formation will act as a protective layer and will then prevent against any possible infection. This process can last for about 7-10 days before finally falling off.

As the verruca removal treatment is being carried out, the tissue beneath the lesion will shrink leaving no scar tissue or inflammation around the area. Since our bodies are all different, one method of verruca removal might work for you, while another will not. You may have to try more than one method or clinic to test which works best for you.

Laser treatment for verruca removal is another option although this method can be painful and lead to scarring. That said, it has a good potential for destroying the wart or verruca permanently. Precisely targeted lasers cauterize the capillaries that carry blood to the verruca or wart. This verruca removal method takes less time than some other previously mentioned methods but is often very expensive. The specialist that carries out this verruca removal treatment often use an anesthetic for the pain.

It’s best to seek verruca treatment sooner rather than later, not least because one verruca can easily multiply, creating unpleasant clusters called mosaic warts. Obtaining verruca treatment swiftly can minimize your verruca’s impact on your life.

Verrucae can cause discomfort and pain. Verrucas are very common though so there’s no need to feel ashamed or avoid seeking a verruca treatment from clinical professionals. No treatment is required in many cases, especially if the warts cause no functional impairment.

Most warts and verrucas will resolve spontaneously within two years, although in some cases this can take five to ten years to resolve. Treatment should be considered when the wart or verruca is uncomfortable, function is impaired or if the wart or verruca affect your appearance (e.g. warts on the face).

Verruca treatment options include salicylic acid, often in combination with lactic acid, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde and cryotherapy. Salicylic acid verruca treatment preparations are available in a range of treatments, including gels, paints, solutions and ointments, and they often also include lactic acid; in the UK, these are available over the counter. Gel treatments may also contain colophony, which may cause an allergic reaction in some patients. When using salicylic acid for verruca treatment, patients should be advised to protect the surrounding skin to avoid irritation; this can be done by coating the area with soft paraffin or by using plasters. Salicylic acid is not recommended to treat plantar warts in patients with diabetes, as these patients often have peripheral neuropathy and poor circulation, leading to poor wound healing. The NHS states that salicylic acid can be used to treat warts or verrucas in pregnancy but only on a small area for a limited period of time.

Verrucas are viral infections that are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and in many cases, verrucas can cause pain or discomfort when walking or doing exercise. Some people become quite self-conscious of a verruca on their foot and find that it starts to affect their lifestyle or certain hobbies that they usually enjoy,

Before getting a verruca treatment, most people have usually tried many over-the-counter verruca treatments to get rid of their verruca – often for quite a few months! These self-treatment remedies are high maintenance as they need to be applied regularly and often need a dressing to cover the area.

If all else has failed, Pro Clinics are able to quickly and easily freeze your unwanted verruca using a Cryopen device.

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