Swift is a new and exciting technology used to treat verrucae and warts within the clinic. Swift uses microwave energy to cause localised tissue destruction and treatment of verrucae and wart.
We posted previously on Verrucae and warts and gave and over of the facts and treatments options available.
Swift treatment is quick and there is no need for the use of plasters and dressings and keeping your foot dry.
So far to date over 10,000 patients have undergone Swift treatment within the UK.
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.
Swift treatment targets the the infected tissue and by causing disruption and destruction.
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 to 4 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.