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What is verruca needling?

What is it?

Faulkner’s needling procedure is an innovative and effective treatment for verruca. It's a form of soft tissue therapy which is intended to break down the verruca and create a controlled inflammatory response which, in turn, stimulates the body's immune system to recognise the virus and destroy it.

Needling is different from most other treatment modalities (such as caustics which can entail dozens of applications to be effective) as it only requires one or occasionally two applications, making this an ideal treatment for busy people. It works by puncturing the verruca with an empty sterile needle many times, this pushes the viral particles directly to the fatty tissue beneath the skin where the body is rich in immune regulators. Here, the immune system can recognise and destroy the virus. The procedure is carried out painlessly under local anaesthetic and only mild soreness the following day has been reported by a few patients, although the majority of patients feel no discomfort at all following treatment.

Does it hurt?

We use local anaesthetic to numb the area of the foot where your verrucae are. This is a simple injection and the numbness lasts a few hours meaning you can have completely pain free treatment. The nature of the treatment means that on the day of surgery, the area will need a dressing and to be kept dry. After 24 hours the site should be fine to resume completely normal levels of activity, however in some cases a few extra days of dressing are required.

How long will it take?

The procedure lasts around 1- 1.5 hour. We book you in for one week post op to check in and then commence a 12-week waiting time. At the end of the 12-weeks we will get you see you for a review appointment. It’s important to remember that drastic changes don’t always happen and sometimes more waiting or a second treatment may be necessary. Unfortunately, there is no treatment that can 100% guarantee to completely resolve your verrucae.

How much is it?

Needling is a package treatment.


This includes; anaesthetic and dressing on the day of the surgery plus re-dressing and review appointments.

Think needling might be the answer for your verrucae, contact us or book in


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