Warts are growths of skin or membrane that are not malignant (cancerous). Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus and are often hard to destroy. Many different types of treatments have been used for wart removal, including surgical excision, application of medications to the wart, or freezing the wart.
As a result of the side effects of these treatment modalities, use of the laser has been warranted. The type of laser used is usually the pulsed dye laser. A pulsed dye laser is a type of laser that produces a short, high-energy flash of light. The light is colored when it passes through a dye. The color of the dye can be changed, depending upon the type of pigmented skin spots that are being treated.
Multiple treatments may be necessary until the wart is gone.