Swift Microwave Treatment
Microwave energy rapidly elevates tissue temperature and created precise, localised cell response.
About Swift Microwave Treatment
What is Swift?
Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licenced for the general treatment of skin lesions in dermatology. Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue.
Warts - What Are They?
A wart is a small lump on the skin, they are normally skin coloured and can feel firm and rough. Warts can appear on your knees, palms, knuckles, and fingers. A plantar wart is a wart typically found on the bottom of your feet. They can appear in various shapes and sizes, and may have small black dots in the centre.
How Microwaves Work
Infected tissue can exist several millimetres below the surface and can often be difficult to treat using traditional methods, resulting in either untreated tissue or significant damage.
Swift delivers a precise, highly controlled energy dose. As microwaves travel into the tissue, water molecules begin colliding and creating localised heat energy.
In just seconds the treatment is complete and the healing cascade begins immediately. Treated tissue is quickly replaced, repaired and regenerated.
What is the Swift Treatment Process?
Swift Microwave therapy is performed either by a dermatologist or a practice nurse. This is a quick treatment to perform and doesn’t require any preparation or the use of local anaesthetic.
The first step is to have a consultation with a dermatologist so that they can assess and determine whether this treatment is suitable for you. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the dermatologist or one of the nurses will proceed with the first treatment.
Prior to treatment, you will be asked to sign a consent form and a photo of the area will be taken for reference for future treatments. The clinician will then set up the machine and you will be asked to lie comfortably on one of our couches, exposing the area to be treated. Once all set up, the probe of the machine will be in contact with the lesion for 2-3 seconds and treatment will be repeated 3-5 times.
You may feel some discomfort such as sudden heat or a sharp sensation on the area which can last for about 2-3 seconds while the probe is in contact with your skin. The time it takes to perform the treatment will depend on the size of the lesion.
After the treatment, you will be advised when you should have your next session. It is unusual for a lesion to fully disappear after just 1 treatment, so further sessions will be needed. There shouldn’t be any pain when you leave the clinic, and you can go about your daily activities as normal.
What I can do after my treatment?
In some cases the treated area may feel sore but will not prevent you undertaking normal daily activities. There is no need for dressings and no aftercare required.
Warts are caused by a virus called HPV. If you develop a wart, the virus is able to hide from your body's immune system, which makes the virus very difficult to detect. This means that warts can persist for several years, and can continue to spread across the hands, feet, and other parts of the body.
Like many treatments for skin discomfort may be experienced. It is not uncommon for patients to feel a sharp sensation, similar to an injection. Unlike most treatments for plantar wart, pain felt during the treatment quickly subsides, and only in rare cases is there any prolonged pain.
This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, you may need more than one treatment (these can be from 14 days to over a month apart depending on the response). Your Podiatrist or Dermatologist will be able to discuss this with you.
With a few exceptions, most people with skin lesions would be able to have this treatment. Your Swift Clinician will carry out an assessment prior to treatment and be able to advise you on this.
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