What are warts and what causes them?

We’re all familiar with the appearance of warts, but might struggle if asked exactly what they are. In fact, warts are small, non-cancerous, often contagious growths, mainly caused by a virus called the Human Papilloma. There are numerous types of warts, including Plane Warts, Common Warts and Verrucas as well as the less familiar type of wart known as Seborrhoeic Keratosis (sometimes called Seborrhoeic Warts).

What’s different about Seborrhoeic Keratosis? 

Seborrhoeic Keratosis is the name given to the only type of wart which is non-contagious. This type of growth is symptomatic of ageing, long term sun damage and, in some cases, is down to genetics. They have a stuck-on appearance, usually dry and hyper-pigmented.

What are Plane Warts? 

Plane Warts are a contagious viral infection and are flat to the skin. They mostly occur on the face, backs of the hands and the wrists, normally being dry and rough to touch. They can appear singularly or in multiples.

What about Common Warts? 

Also caused by a contagious viral infection, Common Warts are raised up from the surface of the skin and firm in texture. They are mainly found on the hands but occasionally appear in other areas. People sometimes complain that they can be itchy.

Wart Removal treatments using Thermolysis

Here at our Yorkshire skin clinic, we use Thermolysis – a safe and highly effective technique – to remove a wart or verruca from your skin.

This form of treatment requires the tip of a small probe to be used with a Thermolysis current. Most clients describe the process as a little uncomfortable, but easily tolerated. The area treated will feel warm for a short period and scabs will appear over the days immediately after treatment. This is quite normal and the scabs will normally heal within two weeks.

Each Wart Removal treatment takes a minimum of 15 minutes, but the duration of treatment maybe increased if a larger area is to be treated. Follow-up appointments may be necessary, although typically only one or two treatments are required, 4 to 8 weeks apart.

Seborrhoeic Keratosis Removal

To remove Seborrhoeic Keratosis (also known as Seborrhoeic Warts) a small probe is used to deliver a Thermolysis current which can lift away the blemish and cauterise the area. As with the removal of other kinds of warts, the affected area will feel warm immediately after treatment and scabs will appear over the following days. These may take up to two weeks to heal. Larger areas can be treated with a treatment time between 15 minutes and one hour, depending on size of the area and the number of blemishes. Most blemishes can be removed in one session, but follow-up treatments will be needed to complete a large area.

Can Veruccas also be treated?

Many of us are familiar with the troublesome warts known as Veruccas from childhood. Also known as Plantar Warts, they are a very common occurrence. Your Bellissima therapist can remove them for you – visit our Verucca Removal page to find out more.

Which areas of the body can be treated?

Common Warts and Plane Warts are mainly found on the hands, but can spread to the face and other areas of the body – mainly the chest, abdomen and back. Seborrhoeic Keratosis mainly appears on the face, chest, abdomen and back.

All warts can be successfully treated and removed here at Bellissima Exclusive in Leeds, leaving the skin looking clearer and healthier. The Wart Removal treatments we offer are suitable for both men and women.

Before Wart Removal treatment

Two weeks before Wart Removal treatment at Bellissima Exclusive, you should stop applying any over-the-counter products which you may have been using to treat the warts. This is because these products can make the skin more sensitive and prone to reaction.

After Wart Removal treatment

After the treatment for Wart Removal you will be given a gel to take home and apply twice a day for several days. This will help to heal and calm the skin. The area will have a scab for up to two weeks, which you should be careful to avoid picking, in order to prevent scarring. It can take a couple of months for skin colour to return to normal after treatments.


*Disclaimer: All treatments are based on suitability, medical questionnaire and consent. We can't guarantee the results of our treatments. Results differ from person to person and the likely effectivity will be discussed with you during your initial consultation. Permanence of results is not guaranteed.

Before and After

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    Before Treatment using Advanced Electrolysis for Seborrhoeic Keratosis



    After Treatment using Advanced Electrolysis for Seborrhoeic Keratosis


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Wart Removal

The tip of a small probe is tapped over the wart to de-sensitise it. A needle is then inserted and a Thermolysis current applied.


30 mins


45 mins


60 mins

Seborrhoeic Keratosis Removal

A small probe is used to apply a Thermolysis current which lifts away the blemish and cauterises the area.


15 mins


30 mins


45 mins

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