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What are downsides for laser surgery for warts?

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Laser surgery can have a couple of downsides:

Some doctors think there isn’t enough proof that laser surgery works better than other treatments, like removing it with regular surgery. But laser may do a better job of keeping the warts from coming back.

  • It may leave scars
  • When the laser zaps your skin, it sends up tiny puffs of debris that might spread bacteria, viruses, or fungi

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Common warts: Treatment and drugs.”

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: “How Lasers Work.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Laser Resurfacing.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “Lasers in dermatology: Four decades of progress.”

British Journal of Dermatology: “British Association of Dermatologists’ guidelines for the management of cutaneous warts 2014.”

Clinical Medicine & Research: “An Armamentarium of Wart Treatments.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis or Laryngeal Papillomatosis.”

American Skin Association: “Warts.”

Familydoctor.org: “Warts.”

Aetna: “Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 21, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Common warts: Treatment and drugs.”

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: “How Lasers Work.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Laser Resurfacing.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “Lasers in dermatology: Four decades of progress.”

British Journal of Dermatology: “British Association of Dermatologists’ guidelines for the management of cutaneous warts 2014.”

Clinical Medicine & Research: “An Armamentarium of Wart Treatments.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis or Laryngeal Papillomatosis.”

American Skin Association: “Warts.”

Familydoctor.org: “Warts.”

Aetna: “Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 21, 2017

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