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Warts are actually caused by a virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV). With hundreds of strains, HPV can cause a variety of warts that appear across the body after exposure. Surprisingly, warts can actually be transmitted through touch. However, warts may take between two to six months to appear after exposure to the virus – making it difficult to trace when, where, and how contact with HPV occurred.

The majority of warts are harmless and may dissipate on their own. However, some types of warts may become permanent, aesthetically concerning, widespread, or even cause discomfort. For this reason, many people choose to have their warts removed. The most common types of warts that Dr. Schultz removes include:

  • Common Warts: growths that are grainy and rounded, typically appearing on the fingers and toes. They may be more gray-ish in tone than the rest of the skin.
  • Flat Warts: a small type of wart that typically grows on the face, arms, and legs. These warts are flat, but can be more noticeable due to their pink or brown appearance.
  • Filiform Warts: growths that are shaped like small flaps or tags. These warts are typically the same color as the rest of the skin, and they most commonly grow on the face and neck.
  • Plantar Warts: a type of wart that grows on the bottom of the feet. Plantar warts are unique because they do not grow on top of the skin. Instead, plantar warts appear as a small hole surrounded by hardened skin. Plantar warts may become painful and make walking difficult.
  • Periungual Warts: an uncommon type of wart that grow underneath and around finger and toenails. These warts are uncomfortable and may disrupt nail growth.

The removal of warts is a small and quick in-office procedure. Depending on the type of wart you are experiencing, and where it is located, Dr. Schultz may recommend one of the following treatments:

  • Freezing: also known as cryotherapy, Dr. Schultz can remove a wart by applying liquid nitrogen to the wart. This treatment causes the dead tissue of the wart to slough off as the area heals. Cryotherapy is not a painful procedure, with many people reporting it feeling like a mild cold or burning sensation.
  • Injections: a treatment involving a small injection that kills the wart cells and causes the wart to dissipate over the course of a few weeks.
  • Surgery: a common method for removing warts where Dr. Schultz will remove the skin by excising the wart and a small amount of tissue surrounding it.
  • Laser Treatments: another method for removing warts, where the laser is used to cauterize the wart.
Depending on the type of wart you are experiencing, Dr. Schultz will recommend a removal method that is best for you.

While warts are typically benign, Dr. Schultz understands that they can be aesthetic concerning as well as uncomfortable. For this reason, he encourages people to schedule an appointment at Park Avenue Skin Care. At-home wart removal can be dangerous, cause the wart to spread, or overlook important signs of a more serious condition. Therefore, Dr. Schultz carefully examines the skin and recommends effective treatment options for wart removal.

After diagnosing the type of wart you have, Dr. Schultz will offer cryotherapy, surgical removal, or a laser treatment. Your skin will be carefully cleaned before the procedure to reduce the risk of spreading the wart. Cryotherapy and injections are fast procedures that cause minimal discomfort. Other types of wart removal, such as surgery and laser treatments, are minimally-invasive but may require some numbing to keep you comfortable.

Yes. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Coming into contact (via touch) with HPV can cause a wart to appear within two to six months.

If the wart is not completely removed, it may come back over time. However, as the Upper East Side's top dermatologist, Dr. Schultz is skilled at completely remove the warts.

No, warts are benign skin growths.

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I've been seeing Dr. Schultz for the last 8 years and during that time, I've recommended him to countless friends for both cosmetic and medical dermatologic help. I trust him completely both diagnostically and aesthetically. When I had shingles, he was wonderful, incredibly supportive and kind. And when I eased into doing more cosmetic dermatology, he was– and continues to be– patient, careful and cautious. He listens to concerns and really hears what your goal outcome is and works with you to make it happen. I wanted to maintain a natural look while keeping my skin looking fresh and that's just what he's done for me. I always leave his office feeling prettier and well-cared for! If you have a medical concern or something about your skin you want to upgrade, you can't do better than Dr. Schultz and his wonderful team. And the products are amazing as well!

- Laura B.

Dr. Schultz is the most thorough and good natured dermatologist I have ever seen. I have been a patient of his for more than 20 years. He has taught me everything I know about the value of taking care of my skin, a gift that keeps on giving. He also takes the time to listen to me, to see me as an individual and doesn't treat my needs as a one size fits all doctor. I really appreciate his kindness, patience and expertise. I absolutely love his product line and have definitely reaped the rewards from using it, especially his glycolic peel pads and moisturizer, which I can't live without. My skin feels softer, smoother, appears more translucent and actually looks younger! Dr. Schultz helped me to see beyond the lines and wrinkles, although he so good at helping to keep those at bay while maintaining a very natural appearance. His staff is outstanding. They make you feel welcome, like family, from the moment you walk through the door. Angela, Monika, Deborah and all of the support staff are extraordinary at what they do. Thank you Dr. Schultz and everyone at Park Ave Skincare. You're the best!

- Laura M.

Dr. Schultz has truly transformed my skin, so much so that I can confidently leave the house without wearing makeup now. During my first meeting with Dr. Schultz, he intently listened to my skin concerns, we discussed what my goals were, and he explained pragmatically what treatments and products he recommended for me. I truly appreciate his fantastic bedside manner and conservative approach. I am a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, including my skin, and Dr. Schultz understood this and was committed to helping me achieve every skin goal I had. The entire staff is just so fantastic and friendly, from reception to the PAs. They make you feel welcome and extremely comfortable, which to me is very important when visiting any doctor’s office. As someone who works too much and never gets enough sleep, my skin was looking very dull and lifeless. My skin is now full of life again and has an incredible glow to it which I have never had before. And I owe it all to the incredible Dr. Schultz.

- Kelly D.

My partnership with Dr Schultz began more than 30 years ago. As a generous friend, advisor, skilled surgeon, and superb cosmetic diagnostician, he has enabled me to look my best. He has kept me abreast of the most sophisticated procedures and in so doing, has maximized my appearance, always guided by what will be most beneficial for me. He is someone I go to for advice and care and his staff is another manifestation of this care. I don’t know many patients who can say this, and I feel fortunate to be among them.

- Ellen R.

In the four years that I've been a patient of Dr. Schultz, my acne-prone skin has gone from constant breakouts to smooth and clear. These days, I feel confident and comfortable enough in my skin to wear minimal makeup, if any—which I never would have done in years past. Dr. Schultz and his warm, friendly staff always go above and beyond; he takes the time to listen, talk with me, and create the best plan for my skin. It's clear he has my best interests in mind, and I trust him wholeheartedly. I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and frankly, anyone who asks.

- Deanna P.

Each session with Dr. Schultz is a mini education in skin care. He approaches each patient as a unique individual with different needs. I’m Asian and he’s explained to me how that impacts treatment in a clear manner that a layperson can understand. At each examination, Dr. Schultz recites detailed notes to his staff which he then refers back to at each future appointment, adjusting and tweaking treatment plans when necessary. Over the past two years I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blemishes and overall complexion and wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Schultz to anyone looking to enhance their appearance.

- Sherry G.

I have been a patient of Dr. Schultz for many years, and I continue to be amazed at his medical approach, patience, and professionalism. He takes the time to listen to my health concerns, explains how and why he would like to issue a treatment in a way that I understand , answers all of my questions, and all of his procedures and painless and thorough. Dr. Schultz is very attentive, results-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. He follows up and is committed to my health and satisfaction. The Park Avenue Skincare is a calm environment and the staff are all very friendly, warm, and respectful. It's easy to get appointments at a time that works for me and they are always on time and considerate. I think so highly of Dr. Schultz and his practice that I sent my mom to him, and continue to go to his office even though my life is based in midtown west! I have great confidence in the care that Dr. Schultz gives.

- Katrina A.

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