Age warts

As we age, we get wiser and it shows on our face 🙂

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papulosis nigra. Don't laser these. You just burn holes in your pocket, although you will feel better psychologically 🙂 ! There are easier and more effective ways.

Age warts

Age warts  are very common and we laser, burn or freeze them off everyday.  Other names for age warts are Seborrheic keratosis, Papulosis nigra, coco-pops or barnacles

They are harmless. They tend to appear from middle-age onward. Hence age warts.

Age warts are not contagious. They are not caused by viruses. These age warts can mimic skin cancer, can bleed, itch, or get infected.

Removal of age warts is recommended if:

  • It looks like skin cancer.
  • If they look unsightly
  • It causes problems with clothing
  • It regularly cracks and gets infected

There are several ways of removing age warts: They are too easy to remove (to us any-way)

    • Laser – Laser light selectively zap them off. You will look crusty for a few days and with a little TLC, your skin  would look like that of a baby’s butt in no time.
    • Cryosurgery – liquid nitrogen is sprayed onto the wart which will then then darken and peel off in a 1-2 weeks. We use this  method most often as freezing is quick and numerous lesions can be treated quickly.
    • Electrocautery (electrosurgery) and/or curettage – High frequency heat pulses vaporise or separate the warts from your skin.  This method is quick.  Warts are removed immediately. Larger warts may require  anaesthetic injections and need some after care – like a bit of Vaseline and a band-aid.
    • Chemical peel with salicylic acid or AHA – glycolic acid ( safer for home use )
    • Any method is a good method. Just don’t burn off any melanoma and don’t take months to recover. We’re not X-men! Logan, it that you ?