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.
"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
"Awesome. I highly recommend a visit to this office - First. As soon as you enter Dr Aspacio's office you are greeted with smiles from all of the front staff. Jose and the girls are always friendly and down to earth. I have been coming here for a few years now and have always been treated quickly, professionally and with a smile. I usually get injections by Dr. Aspacio so his coordinator Trisha Hoffman always handles my needs. She is so upbeat, pleasant and caters to my needs. She never pushes treatments on me I don't need and listens to what I really want. Trisha is absolutely the greatest and very knowledgable in her profession. Now Dr Aspacio, is another thing. He giggles, and laughs every time I come in. He is the greatest injector, always gentle, especially since My face is sensitive to needles, and at my age (65) I need a lot. He looks at your face, marks where you need it and uses his gentle hands to inject the fillers. I love these two, they are quit the team. I recommend Dr Aspacio as he is absolutely wonderful, from entering his office to leaving. And Trish is the greatest. She takes care of everything that you need so when you leave you feel satisfied that you got your monies worth. I highly recommend a visit to this office. Dr Aspacio is also very thorough in inspecting your body for any cancerous moles or sun issues which I get checked every year, on the dermatology side. There is also a skin esthetician for any of your skin treatments, like obagi. I will continue to go toothier office which is conviently located on W Sahara and easy to get to. Thankyou you guys for all you do. Yvonne"- F. / RealSelf / May 07, 2019
"I have been going to Dr. Aspacio for about 7 years now. He is a board-certified dermatologist. If you are looking for a top notch doctor you can trust with your dermatological health AND cosmetic needs, I highly recommend you call and make an appointment. He used a very individualized approach, not some "one size fits all" approach. He personally meets with the patient to explore the best way to successfully meet your goals medically and being your best version of yourself. He tends to land on the conservative side so my personal experience as well as patients I observe in his office don't have that fake plastic barbie look. Dr. Aspacio's staff is always knowledge and kind. Trish his assistant is a wonderful person and works extra hard to get you scheduled and discuss your cost budget. They have treated several pre-cancerous skin growths for me, helped my rosecia, Acne, as well as my injectable wrinkle relaxers and fillers. He has won many awards and takes incredible pride in making his patients look Amazing and avoid potential skin conditions. This office stays up to date on the very latest and cutting edge products and skin technology. You should call soon to make an appointment. Get off the coupon searching options and go see Dr Aspacio. You'll never be disappointed. Thanks Doc & Trish!"- S.V. / Yelp / Feb 25, 2020
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.