Huntington NY specialists answer ‘Is facial wart removal with laser therapy painful?’ and other questions

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Our practice has “laser” in its name for good reason. Today’s laser treatments are precise, safe, reliable, well-tolerated, and quick. This versatile technology removes tattoos and unwanted hair as effectively as it removes sun damage and improves signs of aging on the face and body. Dr. Koreen and the team at the Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center also use laser therapy for facial wart removal in Huntington NY. Since warts on the face are highly visible, we understand you may not want to take a “wait and see” approach, hoping the growth will resolve on its own. As you get older, warts tend to linger longer. Plus, lasers can treat these noncancerous growths when products and other procedures fail.

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You may have a lot of questions about lasers and other approaches to wart removal, and we encourage you to contact our office. Meanwhile, we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions about laser therapy below.

A. Your comfort is our priority. Depending on the amount, size, and extent of your warts, we may use local anesthetic to numb the treatment areas. Advanced lasers like the pulsed-dye laser are generally better-tolerated by patients, and the FDA has certified their use in children. They are also associated with less risk of scarring and of spreading the human papillomavirus (which causes warts) during the removal process, when compared to other types of laser technologies.
A. Like other types of lasers, the pulsed-dye laser is precisely directed to the wart. Unlike other laser technologies, powerful pulses of high-intensity light target the tiny blood vessels that feed and nurture the wart. When these blood vessels are damaged, infected tissue dies and the wart falls off.
A. Lasers are considered a go-to approach for hard-to-treat, large, and widespread warts, including growths that are in “cosmetically important” areas such as the face. Dr. Koreen may recommend laser therapy if your warts haven’t responded to other therapies. Not only is it effective, but also the pulsed-dye laser normally doesn’t cause the scarring that is associated with some other types of treatments, such as surgical removal or excision. It’s also a no-hassle treatment; most patients are in and out in 10 to 30 minutes. Treatment time depends on how many warts must be removed, as well as the size and severity of those growths.

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A. It’s common to see some immediate discoloration and swelling. These side effects usually go away in a couple of days. We’ll go over ways to manage discomfort following treatment, as well as things to watch for to make sure you’re healing properly. As with any procedure, there is a slight risk of infection. If pain, swelling, and redness persist or gets worse, and you suddenly notice a foul-smiling discharge, it’s important to call our office ASAP.
A. While you have unique characteristics and needs for treatment, there are some general things every patient should know about this technology:

  • It may take more than one treatment to get the results you desire.
  • Larger and deeper warts may require multiple sessions for complete removal.
  • We offer many payment and financing options to reduce any financial difficulties you may be experiencing related to the cost of treatment.
  • While lasers are very effective, there is no cure for warts due to their viral nature.
  • Because warts can develop so quickly, it’s important to contact us promptly should they return.

Dr. Koreen and the team emphasize prevention. Since warts are highly contagious, it’s important to take care when interacting with people who have warts, or with using any items those people touch. Be especially vigilant should you have cuts or open sores, because the virus can enter through wounds. It’s also important to get prompt treatment for these growths from professional skin specialists, because some types of skin cancers like squamous cell carcinoma can look like warts. SCCs also tend to show up on sun-exposed areas, such as the face, ears, lips, neck, and hands. For professional care you can trust, call (631) 417-3300 to schedule a consultation at the Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center.

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Roger Koreen, M.D., F.A.A.D.

Roger Koreen, M.D., F.A.A.D.

Dr. Roger Koreen has dedicated nearly three decades to delivering a full range of dermatology services to over 90,000 patients. He received his medical training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine before going on to complete his residency at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. As a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, as well as the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Koreen is committed to continuing education and training. In addition to his practice, Dr. Koreen is also a staff member at Huntington Hospital.

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