Breaking Down Wart Removal

Warts are typically benign. However, wart removal is still advisable. Some warts may be intractable and challenging to remove. Surgical excision may be the only option in these types of cases.

A well-qualified, adept, and experienced skin specialist can safely and effectively perform a wart removal surgery in a minimally invasive way.

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Jamie McGinness provides wart removal treatments to patients in Shiloh, IL; St. Louis, MO, and surrounding communities in this part of the US.

Advantages and Limitations of Wart Removal Surgery

The benefit of wart removal surgery is that it allows for quick removal of warts. The surgery is effective on stubborn warts, which may not be successfully treated with non-invasive approaches. Furthermore, it is a one-time surgery with fast and efficient outcomes.

A limitation of this procedure is that it can, at times, leave a scar. The surgery also involves the use of anesthesia. Any surgical procedure has some intrinsic risks. Besides, there may be a chance of the wart reappearing.

Need for Surgery

Warts may be painful and cause other inconveniences in some cases. Some warts may be cancerous, and these will require immediate excision to reduce the probability of metastasis. In these cases, surgery is commonly the most effective treatment option. Surgical procedures are safe in the hands of a trained and experienced medical practitioner.

What is Wart Excision?

Wart excision refers to removing the wart by cutting it out. The shave excision technique uses a straight blade rather than a curved surgical tool.

But this procedure should never be carried out as a home remedy which increases the risk of infection and does not offer precise outcomes. It is vital that a skilled wart removal dermatologist performs this procedure.  

The location and nature of the wart are the two main criteria to understand if surgery is a good option and if yes, then what kind of surgery would be most suitable. Wart removal surgeries are usually carried out on an outpatient basis using only local anesthesia.

Types of Excisional Surgery

The two primary types of excisional surgery for the removal of warts are:

Shave Removal

This surgery is performed for elevated growths, including raised moles. The growth is excised with a sharp razor. The use of local anesthesia reduces the pain. This procedure does not usually require sutures. It creates minimal redness and scarring in the treated area.

Scissor Excision or Snip Excision

The area is desensitized using a local anesthetic in this technique. The dermatologic surgeon will grasp the growth with a pair of forceps and pull it away from the skin’s surface. Then a curved scissor is used to excise the growth from beneath and around the area. This surgery does not involve sutures and produces minimal scarring.


Wart removal is an in-office procedure and does not typically involve any major post-operative discomfort or recovery duration. But some patients may return to their routine a day after the surgery.

Prudent board certified dermatologist Dr. Jamie McGinness receives patients from Shiloh, IL; St. Louis, MO, and other towns and neighborhoods in this region of the Midwest for wart removal surgery.

If you would like to learn more about procedures and treatments at Metro East Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center by Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Jamie L. McGinness please contact us here or call (618) 622-SKIN (7546)

Taking new patients in and around the greater St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois area: East St. Louis Missouri, Shiloh Illinois, Belleville, Millstadt, Saint Clair County, Madison County and more.

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