What is it?
Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licenced for the general treatment of skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology. Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue.
Microwaves are a form of non-ionising radiation, which means that they can’t cause damage to the DNA of living things. Microwaves sit between radio waves and infrared waves (at any frequency between 300MHz and 300GHz – Swift itself operates at 8GHz) in the electromagnetic spectrum.
How does it work?
As microwaves travel into the tissue, water molecules begin colliding and creating localised heat energy – quickly destroying all infected tissue within a predetermined depth.
75.9% of clinics reported successful outcomes in the research. Check it out for yourself: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1684/ejd.2017.3086
Does it hurt?
It is not uncommon for patients to feel a sharp sensation, similar to an injection. Unlike most treatments for verruca, pain felt during the treatment quickly subsides, and only in rare cases is there any prolonged pain. Before treatment your Podiatrist or Dermatologist may lightly reduce your lesion with a blade (debride)
Are there any Contraindications or Precautions to be aware off?
SWIFT is not allowed if you have a pace maker or are pregnant.
If you have diabetes, you should consult your podiatrist to see if this is safe for you.
What to do following the treatment?
There are no restrictions after the treatment session- you may continue with your normal activities.