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Welcome to City Dermatology Clinic, London’s premier destination for expert verruca removal. Our clinic is home to a team of leading dermatologists who excel in the safe, effective, and minimally invasive eradication of verrucas. We are dedicated to providing you with the highest standard of care in the heart of London.
Bottom of foot after verruca removal
Bottom of foot after verruca removal

Verrucas, also known as verrucae, are small, non-cancerous growths or warts that commonly appear on the soles of the feet, particularly on the heel or other areas subjected to pressure. These growths are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are known for their tendency to cause discomfort or pain when standing or walking.

 

The highly contagious nature of verrucas means they can be easily contracted in communal areas such as swimming pool floors or locker rooms, where the virus spreads through direct contact or contaminated surfaces.

 

While verrucas are generally harmless and may resolve on their own, they can persist for months or even years, causing significant discomfort. Therefore, seeking treatment for their removal is often the best course of action to alleviate pain and prevent their spread.

Verruca Causes

The virus thrives in warm, moist environments, making communal changing rooms and swimming pools common places for contracting verrucas. Direct contact with the virus, whether through skin-to-skin contact or walking barefoot on contaminated surfaces, can lead to infection.

 

Verruca Symptoms

Verrucas are distinguishable by their small, rough texture and may have a black dot in the centre, often referred to as a ‘seed’. They can be painful, particularly when pressure is applied directly to them. Some verrucas cluster together in a mosaic pattern, making them more challenging to treat.

 

Verruca Prevention

To reduce the risk of contracting or spreading verrucas, always wear flip-flops or pool shoes in communal wet areas, maintain good foot hygiene, and avoid sharing towels or shoes. If you have verrucas, cover them with a waterproof plaster when swimming and do not scratch them, as this can spread the virus to other parts of your body or to other people. Avoid cutting or burning a verruca since doing so increases your chance of getting an infection, hurting yourself, and spreading the wart to other places of your body.

Treating verrucas effectively requires a professional approach, especially for large or deep-rooted cases. At City Dermatology Clinic, we offer a range of safe and effective treatment options tailored to each patient’s needs.

 

Surgical Removal

For persistent verrucas that do not respond to traditional treatments, surgical removal may be the best option. This precise procedure is performed under local anaesthesia. Our doctors meticulously cut out the verruca, focusing on eliminating the entire root to prevent any chance of recurrence.  Once the area is numbed, our skilled surgeons carefully excise the verruca, ensuring every part of it, including its roots, is completely removed. This method is thorough and aims at a one-time resolution to avoid the verruca returning.  By targeting the verruca at its root, surgical removal addresses the core of the problem, offering a definitive solution when other treatments have failed.

 

Electrocautery Laser

Electrocautery, also known as hyfrecation or laser, uses an electric current to precisely burn away the verruca. This technique is especially effective due to its dual approach: initially cutting with a surgical blade for deep access and then applying electrocautery to eradicate any remaining viral traces. Our approach begins with a surgical blade to cut through the thick skin layer, directly accessing the verruca’s root. Following this initial step, we utilise the electrocautery machine to burn off any microscopic remnants of the virus, ensuring a comprehensive removal. At City Dermatology Clinic, we prioritise treatments that offer the highest efficacy and patient satisfaction. Our combined blade and electrocautery laser method minimises the chances of verruca recurrence, aiming for complete removal in a single session. This approach saves you both time and the inconvenience of multiple treatments.

 

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy involves freezing the verruca with liquid nitrogen to kill the virus. This treatment is suitable for most verrucas and can be adjusted in intensity depending on the size and depth of the wart.

 

Chemical Treatments

We offer various chemical treatments that apply strong solutions directly to the verruca, encouraging it to peel away and promote new, healthy skin growth underneath. These treatments are to be issued following a dermatologist consultation.

Selecting the right clinic for verruca removal is crucial for achieving the best outcomes with the least discomfort. Our clinic stands out as a leading choice for several reasons, ensuring that you receive not only the highest standard of care but also a tailored treatment plan suited to your specific needs.

 

Expertise and Experience

All of our consultant surgeons and dermatologists in London are fully registered with the UK General Medical Council and have undergone years of training in order to be granted their privileges to practise. They also work in NHS hospitals, and many of them hold academic positions.

 

Advanced Treatment Options

We offer a comprehensive range of the latest treatment options, from laser therapy and cryotherapy to surgical and chemical treatments. This variety ensures that we can provide the most effective treatment plan for your particular condition.

 

Patient-Centred Care

We believe in a patient-centred approach to treatment. This means we take the time to understand your concerns, preferences, and lifestyle to offer a personalised treatment plan that fits your needs and ensures the best possible results.

 

Privacy and Comfort

Understanding the sensitive nature of verruca removal, our clinic is designed to offer a private, comfortable environment where you can feel at ease discussing and receiving treatment for your condition.

 

Proven Results

Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our track record of successful treatments and satisfied patients. We are dedicated to ensuring that each patient leaves our clinic with the best possible outcome, feeling more confident and comfortable. Our skin surgeons in London are well regarded and in high demand

Our Team

Verruca Removal Doctors

Discover expert care and compassionate support from our leading verruca removal doctors in London, dedicated to ensuring your comfort and health with state-of-the-art treatments to ensure a smooth verruca removal experience.

Discover expert care and compassionate support from our leading verruca removal doctors in London, dedicated to ensuring your comfort and health with state-of-the-art treatments to ensure a smooth verruca removal experience.

Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Jana Torres-Grau at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Jana Torres-Grau
BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCS (Plast)
Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Georgios Pafitanis at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Georgios Pafitanis
MD, PhD
Headshot portrait photo of Dr Andreea Anton at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Andreea Anton
MBBS, MD, MRCP
Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski at City Dermatology Clinic
Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski
MD, PhD
Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Jana Torres-Grau at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Jana Torres-Grau

BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCS (Plast)

 

Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Georgios Pafitanis at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Georgios Pafitanis

MD, PhD

 

Headshot portrait photo of Dr Andreea Anton at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Andreea Anton

MBBS, MD, MRCP

 

Headshot portrait photo of Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski at City Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Nicki Bystrzonowski

MD, PhD

 

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Cost of Verruca Removal

Verruca Removal Doctor consultation is £100. We allocate enough time should you wish to have the procedure done straight after the consultation. Please note that all prices are subject to a consultation.

Verruca Removal Price

  • Verruca Removal £295
  • Verruca Removal- additional £195

Verruca Removal Aftercare

A free follow-up following your Verruca removal procedure just to check and make sure everything has healed up nicely. All dressings required will be provided and advice is given on when to change them.

If there’s something you’re not sure about following the Verruca removal procedure, you can always come back to be seen by a doctor at no additional charge. Alternatively, if safe to do so your doctor can provide remote advice regarding the healing stage.

For biopsy results, you’ll be contacted by the team and the report will be sent to you as soon as we receive it. A GP letter is available should you request one.

Verruca Removal FAQs

Where can you get verrucas?

Verrucas, a type of wart found primarily on the soles of the feet, are not only noticeable but can also lead to discomfort and pain due to the pressure exerted when walking or standing. These growths are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are highly contagious, spreading easily through direct skin contact. Common breeding grounds for this virus include wet environments such as swimming pools, shower floors, and locker rooms. Therefore, maintaining good foot hygiene and wearing protective footwear in communal areas are crucial preventive measures.

How prevalent are verrucas?

Verrucas are a common condition, affecting approximately one in three individuals at some point in their lives. They are particularly prevalent among children and teenagers due to their more frequent use of communal changing areas and swimming pools, which are common transmission sites. The spread of verrucas is facilitated through direct skin contact or by coming into contact with surfaces contaminated by the virus.

Are verrucas contagious?

Yes, verrucas are highly contagious and can spread easily from person to person through direct contact. The virus responsible for verrucas can also be transmitted via surfaces touched by an infected individual, such as floors in changing rooms or around swimming pools. It is advisable to refrain from picking or scratching verrucas to prevent the spread of the virus, both to other parts of your own body and to others.

Are verrucas painful?

The experience of pain with verrucas can vary greatly, largely depending on their location on the foot. Verrucas situated on weight-bearing areas of the foot, such as the heel or ball, can be particularly painful due to the pressure applied during walking or standing. This discomfort is a result of the verruca’s growth into the skin, exacerbated by the pressure from body weight.

How do verrucas look?

Verrucas are characterized by a rough, round, and flattened appearance, often forming a cauliflower-like texture on the skin. They can be distinguished by the presence of tiny black dots within the growth, which are actually small, clotted blood vessels. The size and shape of a verruca can vary significantly depending on its location on the foot, with some becoming quite large or forming in clusters.

What treatment options are available for verruca removal?

At City Dermatology Clinic, we offer a comprehensive range of verruca removal treatments tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. Our options include topical treatments, which involve the application of powerful chemicals to target and eliminate the verruca; cryotherapy, a method that uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy the verruca tissue; and surgical removal with electrocautery. Our approach begins with a surgical blade to cut through the thick skin layer, directly accessing the verruca’s root. Following this initial step, we utilise the electrocautery machine to burn off any microscopic remnants of the virus, ensuring a comprehensive removal. Our experienced dermatologists will assess your condition during your initial consultation and recommend the most suitable treatment plan to effectively address your verruca.

How effective are verruca removal treatments?

The effectiveness of verruca removal treatments at our clinic is high, with many patients achieving complete removal after undergoing the recommended course of treatment. Success rates vary depending on the size, duration, and type of verruca, as well as the chosen treatment method. Our dermatologists have extensive experience and utilise the latest technologies to maximise treatment effectiveness. We also provide guidance on aftercare and preventive measures to reduce the risk of recurrence. Patient compliance with treatment and aftercare instructions plays a crucial role in achieving the best outcomes.

What can I expect during the recovery process?

Following verruca removal, patients can generally expect a straightforward recovery process. Mild discomfort, redness, and swelling may occur at the treatment site, but these symptoms typically subside within a few days. We will provide detailed free aftercare instructions, which may include keeping the area clean and dry, applying a protective dressing, and avoiding certain activities that could disrupt the healing process. Recovery times vary depending on the treatment method used, but most patients are able to resume their normal activities shortly after treatment. Our team is available to address any concerns or questions during your recovery.

How should I care for the treated area after verruca removal?

Proper aftercare is essential for healing and preventing infection after verruca removal. We recommend the following guidelines: keep the treated area clean and dry; apply any prescribed or recommended topical medications as directed; cover the area with a sterile dressing if advised to do so, changing the dressing according to the instructions provided; avoid picking or scratching the treated area to prevent irritation or infection; and monitor the area for any signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or pus. If you have any concerns during the healing process, please contact our clinic for advice.

What are the costs associated with verruca removal treatment?

At City Dermatology Clinic, we strive to provide transparent and competitive pricing for our verruca removal treatments to ensure our patients can access high-quality care. The initial consultation fee is £100, which allows our specialists to assess your condition and recommend the most effective treatment plan tailored to your needs.

 

For verruca removal, the cost starts at £295. If additional treatments are necessary, each subsequent session is priced at £195. These prices are reflective of our commitment to using the latest techniques and equipment to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients.

 

It’s important to note that the costs for verruca removal can vary widely across the UK, typically ranging from £200 to £500, depending on the method used and the complexity of the case. Advanced methods such as surgical or laser removal, which require specialized equipment and expertise, may start at around £300 and increase based on the procedure’s intricacy.

 

We understand that the cost of treatment is an important consideration for our patients. Therefore, we ensure our pricing is competitive with the market while upholding the highest standards of care.

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