As we age, we get wiser and it shows on our face 🙂
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-some times.
- 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 in cosmetically insensitive areas. 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!