Plantar Warts; A Common and Stubborn Viral Infection

Warts are notoriously hard to treat, they have evolved to evade the body’s immune system. Even with treatment, warts tend to recur or spread. Generally, the treatment of wart is divided into 2 pathways, a treatment that physically destroy the wart or a treatment that stimulate an immune system response to fight the wart,

Treatment that physical destroy the warts includes but are not limited to:

    1. Salicylic acid: This is essentially a Chemical peeling of the skin
    2. Freezing (cryotherapy). Freezing works by causing a blister to form under and around your wart.
    3. Cantharidin: Medication that is used to cause a blister under the wart.
    4. Surgery: The doctor may cut out the wart (excision)
    5. Laser treatment.The laser (cauterizes) tiny blood vessels. The infected tissue should eventually die, and the wart falls off.

The newest treatment that involves stimulate your own immune system to fight the wart, Say hello to SWIFT.

What is Swift?

Swift is a cutting edge, FDA Cleared technology that has proven to be highly effective in the removal of plantar warts. It delivers low dose microwave energy through a specialized probe that targets and effectively treats the underlying HPV virus by stimulating a natural immune response in the body. We like to say that we’re addressing the root cause; not the symptom.


What to Expect

Swift protocol involves between 3 and 4 treatments, spaced 4 weeks apart; aligning with the body’s natural immune cycle. Each treatment lasts only 5-10 minutes and is what we call a “sock off – sock on” treatment: Limited debridement, no breaking of the skin, no bandages. No home treatment is required between treatments and patients are able to resume daily activities immediately post treatment.

How effective is Swift?

Due to Swift harnessing the power of the patient’s immune system to target the root cause of the wart (HPV), efficacy is significantly higher compared to other treatment methods.

Wart Removal Before and After Los Angeles

Does it hurt?

While pain is variable and patient/lesion specific, most patients typically feel some level of discomfort as infected tissue temperatures are rapidly elevated over a 2 second dose of energy. The pain immediately subsides following cessation of energy delivery and there is very limited post procedural pain, in fact some report an immediate reduction in pain levels. All patients are about to continue on with day-to-day activities immediately following treatment.


What to do Next?

If you would like to (a) get rid of your warts and/or (b) explore Swift Treatment, please book a consultation with us by calling on (213) 732-1722. One of our specialists will be happy to help.