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Skin Procedures

Wart and Verruca

Wart and Verruca


  • Wart and Verruca Treatment


What are Warts and Verrucas?
A wart is a contagious viral infection of the skin, usually taking the form of a small hard nodule, usually located on the hands and/or feet.
The wart itself is a cluster of your own skin cells that have been infected and transformed by the virus. The wart virus can be passed from one person to another and from site to site on the same person.

Some people’s immune systems can suppress the wart virus at the outset and in these people warts are not seen. In others the wart virus ‘hides’ from the immune system allowing them to develop into the lesions.
The wart virus cannot normally penetrate the skin and takes advantage of broken or macerated skin.

Most of all warts are on the fingers and hands. Warts commonly occur around fingernails, especially in children and can lead to a depression in the nail matrix, causing grooves to develop in the nails.

25-30 % of all wart virus infections are on the feet and appear as Verrucas.

These appear as round nodules, often with a small black pit at the surface. Because of the pressure exerted during walking, verrucas grow inwards rather than outwards.
Verrucas appear both singly and in groups (mosaic). They may be painful because of their depth – they can feel like a stone in the shoe and be deep enough to press on nerves in the foot.
If the blood supply to the verruca clots (thrombosis), the verruca can become very painful. However, without a blood supply the verruca will rapidly die off.

How can warts and Verrucas be treated?
1. Most infections are self-limiting and simply waiting will eventually work for most people.
2. Cryosurgery is sometimes used specially in children very successfully. The treatment involves liquid nitrogen to kill off the infected tissue. Usually multiple treatments at 2 to 3 week intervals are required .
3. Hyfercator – Electrocautery uses a small probe to accurately introduce an electric current into the wart material with the aim of cauterising the blood supply, sometime combined with curettage (scraping off the wart) with prior local anaesthetic injection to numb the area. This is often the treatment of choice for a single symptomatic wart.
4. Lasers that target haemoglobin can also be successful, as the laser can accurately target the blood supply to the wart without causing painful peripheral damage. The laser energy penetrates the wart material, heating up and sealing the blood supply so that the wart cannot survive.

We use all of the above techniques depending on type and distribution of the wart(s), and the patient’s age and preferences.

How much does it cost?
Up to 4 lesions : £200 1st session, £150 subsequent sessions
5 or more lesions : £250 1st session, £200 subsequent sessions

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Maddie Hornet
Maddie Hornet
10:36 14 May 22
Amazing Clinic! Dr Fouzia Rizvi is a wonderful doctor and one of the most pleasant persons I met. She removed my... mother's skin tags and provided so much support and care, considering that my mum never had any surgeries (minor or major) and she was extremely nervous about having her skin tag removed. Dr Rizvi observed more than one skin tags that were to be removed and encouraged to have all of them removed for a more than reasonable cost. Everything was done in no time! We received clear advise of how to protect the sensitive skin for the following week post skin tags removal and now that this has been successfully completed, there is no sign of the tags being there! No complications, infections or etc etc. Highly reccomend this clinic especially because it offers a wide range of treatments and the staff there is super friendly! Everyone makes you feel cared and welcomed from the very beginning! 5 out 5 stars!!!! And thank you so much for the amazing service!🙏read more
George Peirce
George Peirce
07:57 02 Apr 22
Absolutely brilliant from the team at First Health. I had a mole removed from my face, the guys were incredibly... welcoming and made me feel at ease straight away. I had no idea what to expect and it was over within 15 minutes, could not recommend them more! Brilliant price as well!read more
Susan H
Susan H
05:16 02 Apr 22
Highly recommended. This clinic is the best I have ever used. I have had moles removed before, but never with the care... I received yesterday.The doctor explained both the procedure and aftercare in detail - you feel like a person, not a number.read more
Jeremy Gould
Jeremy Gould
11:19 16 Mar 22
Had a non-pigmented mole removed from my face. Initially went for it to be shaved but discovered it was a bit deeper... and had a better blood supply than expected, so it had to be cut and stitched. Very pleased with the result. It's healed very well. The whole process was very efficient and professional and I would definitely use them again.read more
Bikash Gurung
Bikash Gurung
18:19 06 Mar 22
I had my skin tag & keloid removed. Thanks to professional team (ESP to Dr Fouzia & receptionist Justina). They were... very nice & sweet. Would definitely recommend to visit for skincare checkup.read more
Zoe Giles
Zoe Giles
18:10 20 Feb 22
I was so impressed from the moment I had dealings with this Clinic. The Receptionist was very knowledgeable &... reassuring on the phone & booking an appointment was easy.Dr Rizvi was amazing & talked me through what procedures she recommended & was very professional. I ended up having a lot more done than expected & wished I'd known about this clinic earlier!!! Dr Rizvi clearly loves what she does & her charges are very reasonable compared to other clinics & hospitals.read more
Beth Allen
Beth Allen
10:38 08 Feb 22
I found First Health Medical online when researching whether to go ahead with a scar excision of an old medusa... piercing. There are so many clinics out there which offer £££ for a simple procedure. I would definitely recommend going here as the price was so reasonable and the service was impeccable. Dr Rizvi was honestly so knowledgeable and lovely which made me feel so at ease throughout. She talked me through the whole thing and made sure I was happy. The results speak for them self - I have only been left with a small scar which is still early days and will fade over time. I have attached before and after pictures so you can see the difference. I already feel a lot more confident that I no longer have a visible hole on my face. I’m so glad I came here and would highly recommend to anyone who is wanting to repair old / unwanted piercings. Thank you again!read more
Zoë Benton
Zoë Benton
21:29 07 Feb 22
My experience at First Medical was fantastic. Dr Rizvi was so friendly and clearly explained all of my options for the... procedure. She did an incredible job and I’d highly recommend her to anyone.read more
Philip Denby
Philip Denby
19:41 07 Feb 22
Only good things to say about this practice. Very professional and friendly. I had a large mole removed from my neck... and was treated with great care and consideration. Highly recommend.read more
Toby Haddock
Toby Haddock
13:06 19 Jan 22
I had a large non viral wart removed from my finger just before Christmas. It has now healed and there is no sign of... its return. I thought the service was excellent and I'm very pleased with the result. Thanks very much!read more
David King
David King
15:31 18 Jan 22
Looked online to find a local clinic that carried out minor surgeryPhoned and booked an appointment for 2 days later.... Very professional centre and was treated by a lovely lady surgeon who did an amazing job on my neckHad the stitches out yesterday and it’s healed up beautifully. Well impressedDefinitely recommendread more
Raghu Viswanathan
Raghu Viswanathan
20:19 31 Dec 21
Mom had a long-standing issue with her right earlobe damaged due to her previous piercings. Dr Rizvi and the other... staff were very professional and polite during Mom’s main surgery (minor) and follow up appointments to remove the stitches. We are very satisfied with the surgical results and the care provided and will certainly go back to First Health Medical if the need arises.read more
Sarah Denley
Sarah Denley
15:00 23 Dec 21
Had Morpheus 8 with Dr Rizvi, which I would recommend very highly. Dr Rizvi is highly professional and extremely kind... and puts you at ease and explains the procedure. Skin tightening procedure which although a bit uncomfortable, very bearable and other than a bit of redness no other after effects. The results are fantastic, my skin is thicker and my jawline a lot firmer. I would recommend the clinic most highly.read more
afcbrad gooner
afcbrad gooner
20:55 20 Dec 21
Dr Fouzia was very efficient, professional and patient! Normally I am very squeamish but she made the experience very... calming. Justyna in reception was lovely too, very nice girl. Would recommend!!read more
Livia Gorcsosova
Livia Gorcsosova
20:48 02 Dec 21
Dr Rizvi has been absolutely superb, very knowledgable, friendly and helpful. However the lady at the reception Justina... has been very unprofessional. I have paid the asked amount at the reception and after I left the surgery she phoned me to return back to the surgery and pay the remaining £25 as she undercharged me, she was saying it like I was suppose to know the correct amount. I wouldn’t expect this kind of service from a private surgery. Very disappointing.read more
desline Dee
desline Dee
10:23 17 Nov 21
I used the service to have fillers. Very impressed with the sensitive professional care I received. Dr Rizvi carried... out the procedure. She explained in detail what was involved, and ensured my comfort at all times. I'm very happy with the outcome. I feel I'm looking very fresh and natural...more like my old self which I haven't seen in years.read more
Linda Goldsmith
Linda Goldsmith
08:41 16 Nov 21
I would highly recommend this clinic.Dr Rizvi makes you feel at ease, I am very happy with the results of the... treatments I have had.read more
Tuli Vinny
Tuli Vinny
22:02 01 Nov 21
I used the clinic last week to have a mole removed from my face. Dr. F.Rizvi carried on the procedure. I was very... satisfied the way she explained the procedure to me,she was very clear and very friendly at the same time,she made me feel at ease as I was a bit scared. Over all I was very satisfied with the service and the outcome of the operation. Definitely recommend this clinic.read more
Lucian de Lima Silva
Lucian de Lima Silva
13:35 16 Oct 21
The service at this establishment was very good and very professional. Dr Risvi made me feel comfortable and was very... efficient in the diagnosis and on the treatment given. Nothing to complaint, I would definitely return to this establishment in the future if necessary.read more
Keith Hazell
Keith Hazell
17:44 11 Oct 21
My first visit and delighted by the care and reassurance I received before, during and after my minor surgery. I will... certainly return. Highly recommended and completely painless.read more
Martin Element
Martin Element
11:23 17 Sep 21
Incredible treatment and wonderful staff.Had sebaceous cist removed. Highly professional and talked me through it.... Painless procedure and very successful outcome..No hesitation in recommending. A perfect solution for treatments not available on the NHS.Very happy with cost which was transparent and agreed before visit.read more
Laurence Groom
Laurence Groom
22:07 17 Jul 21
What can I say about Dr. Rizvi. I read some of her outstanding reviews before meeting her but having had a session to... remove a couple of moles I can tell you words cannot do her justice.She is obviously highly skilled but also creates such a warm and caring atmosphere. You feel completely looked after and you can tell this comes from a place of her wanting to use her talents to help people in the best way she can. She truly is an incredible woman and I can’t recommend her enough!read more
Louisa Martinez
Louisa Martinez
12:05 15 Jun 21
What a wonderful caring sweet doctor. Professional and knowledgeable. I felt comfortable and respected. I was given... clear honest answers when I had questions. For the first time ever I was looking forward to seeing a doctor for the second time for stitches removal. I would highly recommend first health medical. The staff are all so friendly and accommodating. I’m still in awe with the doctor, she was just such a lovely woman with positive and warm energy, I felt in safe hands when I was having minor surgery. I can not praise this centre enough!read more
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