Warts are a common contagious infection in the outer layers of the skin caused by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus).
They can spread to other areas of our body and from person to person.
Warts are generally very difficult to get rid of, as they are excellent at evading the body's immue system.
The diagram below shows how the wart looks at the beginning, what the SWIFT treatment looks like, and a diagram of the final result.
This 10-year-old's plantar warts were resolved within 11 weeks.
After three SWIFT treatments, the lesion had completely cleared within 12 weeks. We've added the before photo, a progress shot and the final result.
After years of failed teatments, this patient was pain-free and wart-free with SWIFT therapy.
A focused microwave signal is emitted into the skin to a predetermined depth to ensure only the wart is treated.
A process called Heat Shock occurs within infected skin cells. This causes the wart to release certain proteins into the circulatory system, allowing the immune system to recognise the infection and begin to fight the virus.
The rapid heating of the wart to 42-45°C can cause discomfort, however this lasts for only a second. This temperature range is just a few degrees warmer than a hot bath and will not cause any serious tissue damage or scarring.
SWIFT has an 83% resolution rate, based on data collected an analysed by SWIFT. It's a higher success rate than any other wart treatment.
Microwaves are a form of non-ionising radiation which means that they cannot cause damange to the DNA of living things. SWIFT uses very low energy levels that are only able to vibrate wter molecules within skin cells.
This depends on how you respond to treatment. Most patients require three treatments or less. Your podiatrist will be able to discuss your treatment plan.
With a few exceptions, most people with skin lesions would be able to have this treatment. Your podiatrist will carry out an assessment before your treatment and will be able to advise you on this.