Swift is a new technology used to treat skin lesions such as verrucae and warts within the clinical setting. Swift uses microwave energy that causes localised cell destruction.
Our previous post on Verrucae and warts we gave and overview of verrucae and warts, the facts and treatments options.
Swift treatment is quick and there is no need for the use of plasters and dressings and keeping your foot dry.
Over 10,000 patients have undergone Swift treatment within the UK.
About 1 in 10 people in the UK has a wart or verrucae at any one time
Warts and Verrucae come from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
The virus can only survive in the top layer of the skin (epidermis), so does not infect tissue beneath, and does not have roots.
Verrucae can present in many different ways from singular deep lesions to mosaic patterns and clusters. They are typically found on the sole of the foot and toes.
There are different strains of HPV, and depending on the strain this determines the appearance.
Microwaves have been used in healthcare for over 30 years for the the treatment of cancer. Swift uses very low energy levels when compared with other electromagnetic energy forms. The Swift microwave treatment is only capable of supplying enough energy to agitate water molecules and cause frictin as opposed to damaging DNA, and delivers less energy to the skin than most laser and electrocautery treatments.
The area may feel sore after treatment, but should not prevent you from completing your everyday activities.
This all depends on your response to treatment, however 3 treatments are typical.
Pain levels vary from patient to patient and location of treatment, there may be some mild discomfort lasting 2-3 seconds and quickly subsiding.
Clinical effectiveness 77%.
Average size of lesion treated 5-10mm.
95% of patients would recommend the treatment to a friend.
70% of patients rated the treatment as a 10/10.
No adverse events or scarring.
Statistics taken from Emblation.com
Here at the Portobello Clinic the cost per application of Swift is £225. This is inclusive of assessment.
Further details on swift therapy webpage.