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Wart Removal in Los Altos, CA

Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Harry Mittelman, MD, offers laser resurfacing treatment for warts and other conditions of the skin. Dr. Mittelman serves those who live in Palo Alto, San Jose, and the surrounding communities. His office is conveniently located in Los Altos.

What are Warts?

Warts are typically rough, raised growths on the skin. Because they are viral, they may appear in clusters. Warts can appear on any area of the body, but are most commonly found on the hands.

Three Kinds of Warts

There are three major types of warts:

  • Common warts often appear on the hands, but they can also be found in any area of the body.
  • Plantar warts are located on the feet.
  • As the name suggests, genital warts appear in genital or groin areas.

While common warts can vanish on their own, you may wish to have them removed by a plastic surgeon.

What Causes the Warts?

Warts are caused by human papillomaviruses or HPV. Warts can spread from one body part to another and from one person to another through physical contact.

What Do Warts Look Like?

Warts are often cauliflower shaped or resemble a blister. They are flesh-colored, pink or a few shades darker than your skin tone. Warts may contain a pattern of black dots within them. These are blood vessels that have clotted inside of the wart.

How Do You Treat Warts?

Common warts go away on their own, but may spread to other areas of your body and cause more warts. Dr. Mittelman uses Erbium YAG laser treatments for the removal of common warts. Erbium YAG lasers are safer for the removal of warts than CO2 lasers because human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA is not found in the laser plume.The Er:Yag Laser is a “surgical” alternative to the Nd:Yag Laser and can be used to gently remove the wart layer-by-layer by evaporating infected tissue. Skin tags, polyps, and other wart-like skin growths are also removed with this laser. Scarring is minimal.

Can I Prevent Warts?

Warts can be preventable if you wash your hands frequently and do not share manicure tools, such as nail clippers or nail files. If you have a wart, cover it with a bandage. This will keep the HPV strain from spreading to other areas before we can remove it. Do not pick at your wart.

What is the Cost of Treating Warts in San Jose, CA?

The cost of CO2 laser resurfacing treatment for warts can vary. Our staff is happy to help you determine if health insurance covers part or all of the costs, and we offer financing options as well.

Harry Mittelman, MD, is recognized as a pioneer in facial plastic surgery. As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, specializing in both surgical and non-surgical or non-invasive cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Mittelman provides his patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on treatment for warts or to schedule a private consultation at Dr. Mittelman’s office, please contact us today.We serve the entire Southbay and Bay Area including Los Altos, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Mountain View, San Mateo, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and the surrounding areas.

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