(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions
Genesis Plus Laser Wart Treatment
12. Is this Laser procedure guaranteed to cure my wart? What are the possible complications?
Yes; the Cutera GenesisPlus treatment is both Health Canada and FDA cleared for warts. Our clinic is the first in the Niagara region to offer the GenesisPlus on a full-time basis.
The wart laser treatment works by using laser light that specifically targets the pigment within the blood supply to the wart, typically causing a blood blister to form thus killing the virus.
The laser wart treatment usually takes only a few minutes. We use a medical smoke evacuator and HEPA filtration system to remove any vaporized viral particles in the air for patient safety.
Most patients can simply walk in, have the procedure done, and then walk right out. However, a blood blister may form around the treated wart after the first day and begin to slough off over the next few weeks so patients are advised to continue daily activities as tolerated based on their individual response to treatment. Your foot specialist will discuss aftercare.
Most patients will have minimal discomfort. We typically ice the area a few minutes prior to and during treatment. Local anesthesia may be required for larger warty clusters. If pain is experienced, we may recommend using the pain reliever you typically use for headaches. Your comfort and safety are our priority.
Yes; it is important to know that a comprehensive plan to prevent reoccurrence is critical to long term success and each patient will leave the office with those preventive measures for home care.
If you are pregnant or have skin cancer you are not a candidate for this treatment.
Costs for this procedure are discussed during your consultation. We offer one of the most competitively priced laser wart treatments in Ontario.
It’s important to note that this is the newest generation in laser wart treatment using the 1064 nm Nd:YAG GenesisPlus, not older laser technology such as the CO2 laser which “burns” warty and normal skin and causes significant tissue damage with greater likelihood of scarring. The GenesisPlus laser has podiatry specific protocols just for warts which have been refined at the Canadian Foot Clinic & Orthotic Centre.
This procedure may be covered by your Extended Health Insurance Plan. After your consultation, we can provide you with a pre-authorization request that you can submit to your insurance provider to determine eligibility. Patients with flexible spending accounts can often use these funds towards procedures such as the laser wart treatment. OHIP does not cover the costs of this procedure.
We accept cash, debit, VISA and Mastercard.
Unfortunately due to the nature of medicine, the Canadian Foot Clinic & Orthotic Centre cannot guarantee a cure for your wart. Thus, there is a chance it may not work due to factors such as severity, length of infection, re-infection, etc. However, it is typically effective for most patients. There are risks associated with all medical procedures. Though relatively rare, some of the potential complications from Laser wart treatment include: pain, infection, blistering, soft tissue and nerve damage, scaring, wounds, burns, difficulty walking.
Health Canada and FDA cleared for warts
Cutera is a worldwide leader in laser technology
Heat sensor on hand piece for accuracy and safety of treatment