Cryotherapy is a treatment by which surface skin lesions are frozen – for example warts or skin tags. These skin lesions can be unattractive, uncomfortable or even painful sometimes.
What is Cryotherapy?
- Cryotherapy is an effective treatment method that uses extremely cold temperatures to destroy the tissue.
- When the temperature drops low enough the skin cells effectively dies.
- Freezing is an inexpensive, safe and reliable way of getting rid of several different types of surface skin lesions.
What is Involved in Cryotherapy Treatments?
- Cryotherapy freezes and destroys abnormal cells allowing normal skin cells to grow back in their place.
- Liquid Nitrogen is applied by the doctor to the skin lesion for a few seconds, depending on the size of the lesion.
- Cryotherapy treatments may sting and be painful at the time of treatment but this will diminish.
In some cases repeated treatments are sometimes required if a lesion is particularly resistant to treatment. On some occasions there can be moderate blistering of the area where the procedure has been carried out. Many people chose cryotherapy treatment as it is less invasive than scalpel surgery and it causes less pain and scarring.