What to Expect During Cryotherapy?
During cryotherapy, very cold liquid nitrogen is used to remove unwanted warts, molluscum contagiosum, seborrheic keratosis, skin tags, actinic keratosis, or superficial squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas from the body. During this treatment, liquid nitrogen is carefully administered with a cryogenic device such as the Cry-Ac®, cryo-forceps, or a cotton tip.
Despite the many advances in the treatment of viral disorders, cryosurgery still is the primary method for the eradication of warts/verruca and molluscum contagiosum. Our providers utilize cryosurgery dozens of times each day to remove unwanted skin lesions.
Actinic keratosis are one of the most common problems that a dermatologist will diagnose. While field cancerization therapy is also employed at our office, cryosurgery serves as a mainstay of treatment. Some individuals are averse or unable to tolerate chemicals such as topical chemotherapy or immune up-regulating creams. In these individuals, liquid nitrogen therapy presents a fast and safe option with no downtime.
Recovery from Cryotherapy
Following cryotherapy, you can return home to normal activities the same day. Over the next 7 to 10 days, the treated areas might become red, swollen, blister, and/or scab. It is important to properly care for the skin in places where the skin has been frozen to ensure superior healing. Your doctor will provide you with specific post-procedure care instructions. If you have any questions after the visit our medical team is prepared to assist in wound care recommendations.
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Our providers are adept at performing cryosurgery. Are you interested in learning more about cryotherapy and how it can benefit you? If so, contact our office today!
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