Cryotherapy is medical non-surgical treatment involving the removal of skin imperfections such as moles, warts, verrucas, skin tags and sun spots.
The CryoPen accurately delivers an ultra cold, high-pressure N2O jet directly to skin lesions, making treatment very fast and effective. This destroys the tissue by freezing the inter-cellular fluid which rupture the membrane, thereby destroying the cell without causing collateral damage to surrounding healthy skin. It is suitable to treat lesions on both the face and body.
Does it hurt?
Cryotherapy is usually a well-tolerated treatment, but can sometimes cause discomfort if a deep freeze is necessary. This discomfort can occur during and after the treatment and may require painkillers for the first 24 hours to relieve this, or, you may opt to have a local anesthetic applied beforehand.
What happens after the treatment?
Redness and blistering may occur, and it's important to take care of the wound to avoid infection – you would be advised by Dr Tara Kidd exactly how best to do this.
It is important to keep the area as dry as possible and a dressing or plaster may be applied if the treated area is likely to be knocked or rubbed by clothing. It is also crucial not to pick the scab as this may cause scarring.