Warts are a common skin condition usually found on the hands, fingers, and around the fingernails. They tend to look like small, fleshy peas, but they may vary in size. It is also common for warts to appear in clusters on the knees and elbows. Warts are caused by the HPV, otherwise known as the human papilloma virus. Although warts are harmless for the most part, they can be unsightly and bothersome. Over-the-counter wart removal treatments are usually not enough.
Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Reuel Aspacio, offers wart removal at his office in Las Vegas, NV. If you have a wart or other skin growth you want to be removed, schedule a consultation with Dr. Aspacio at Summerlin Dermatology.
Warts are caused by HPV. They are generally spread from person to person through skin-to-skin contact. These growth can also be the result of contact with an object that a wart has touched, such as exercise equipment or a towel. It is easier to get warts through a cut or scape in the skin, so areas that are frequently shaved (the face, legs, or under the arms) are at increased risk.
Some subtypes of warts, however, may predispose a person to malignancy. Cervical cancer and oropharyngeal carcinoma are some malignancies associated with the virus.
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"Can't say enough great things about Trish and Dr. Aspacio! They are a really great team and Trish is seriously hilarious. They see you timely and can get you in quick for aesthetic/cosmetic. Love Trish's honesty about any skin care regimen questions. Her face is immaculate so I would absolutely take her advice and then some! ;). Really great practice, great customer service and a wonderful experience all around!"- S.C. / Yelp / Oct 02, 2018
"Before beginning this review, I took time to read several of the reviews posted. A very mixed bag of issues and emotions. Well, here is why I gave this group of working professionals a "5 STAR" rating. I was referred to Summerlin Dermatology by my so called medical PCP. I had concern about a mole like growth on my back which appeared to be getting larger. I was concerned it could be cancerous. I received a call from Summerlin Dermatology on 9/26/2018 regarding this referral. It seemed they had a cancellation for that day and asked if this was convenient for me. Yep. Sure was. However, I told the young lady on the phone, Daisy, I didn't want to sit there filling out new patient paperwork. She explained their website with the on-line forms was down at the time and offered to email me the forms to complete before I arrived. She was so upbeat and professional. When I arrived for my appointment (with my completed paperwork) I was greeted by, not one, but two front office staffers, Jose and Desiree. They were professional with a smile. Again, upbeat. I signed in and waited about 10-15 minutes before I was taken into the examining room. During my wait time I had the opportunity to chat with each of these individuals. Very professional, yet not "starchy" if you know what I mean. Real people with a job to do the best they can. I met with Dr. Aspacio and his assistant. I felt at ease with both. I told the doctor why I was there. Doctor Aspacio examined the mole growth. Then asked me for my cell phone. He took a picture of this mole on my back. It was not easy for me to see since it was on my back. He showed me the picture and explained that it was typical of getting older. Such moles are common at "our age". I laughed. He even showed me a couple of areas where he has developed similar moles. He made me feel at ease. I was sooo relieved. I have lived in Las Vegas for 43 years. I am 67 years old with Medicare insurance. If you want to experience REALLY BAD medical treatment just wait until you become a senior and on Medicare! I thank heaven that Summerlin Dermatology was an outside referral and NOT part of my primary care network!! I haven't seen my PCP in 2 years! All I see are PAC's or a Nurse Practitioner! Summerlin Dermatology, in my experience/opinion, is only 1 of 3 local medical facilities with whom I would consider professional, to the point and personable. I would recommend them highly!!!"- L.H. / Yelp / Sep 27, 2018
"Very knowledgeable professional and detailed. The staff is very attentive and the doctor was incredibly informative taking the time to make sure I understood the procedure. When the results came in he recommended a plastic surgeon to do the surgery. I really felt very confident in the diagnosis and appreciated everyone's help."- S.S. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2018
Common wart symptoms include bumps that are tender and grainy at the top and fleshy feeling. The area with the wart can be rough to the touch. Plantar warts appear on the soles of the feet. Also known as foot warts, they look like light brown or flesh-colored lumps that are speckled with tiny, black spots, which are clotted blood vessels. Flat warts are smaller and smoother compared to other types. Flat warts can grow anywhere, but they are most common on the face and legs.
Simple warts on the skin may be treated with destructive methods, such as cryotherapy (freezing), laser wart removal, or electrocautery. Sometimes surgical management is necessary.
Cryotherapy – Freezing a wart by cryotherapy is a common treatment and is performed with success. With this method, Dr. Aspacio uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart away. A blister will form around the wart and the dead tissues will fall off within a week.
Laser wart removal – At Summerlin Dermatology, we use the Cutera® Excel V™ laser to remove warts with precision. Most patients describe an Excel V™ treatment as though it feels like a rubber band snapping on the skin. Following a treatment, some may experience minimal side effects, such as redness, swelling, or bruising on the treated area. However, these effects will typically disappear within a few hours to a few days.
Electrocautery – With an electronic probe, the wart can be burned off through electrocautery.
Dr. Aspacio may also consider curetting (scraping), chemical peels, excising (cutting), bleomycin injections, or immunotherapy as additional treatment options if the warts are difficult to treat.
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Though most warts are harmless, you probably want it removed as soon as possible. Instead of wasting time with home treatments, have your wart(s) checked out by a trained professional like Dr. Aspacio. He will examine the wart(s) to determine the type and best course of treatment. Contact Summerlin Dermatology in Las Vegas, NV to schedule a consultation to treat existing warts and reduce reoccurrence.