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Cryotherapy is a simple procedure involving localised freezing temperatures to kill and remove abnormal skin cells. While Cryosurgery is used to treat some cancers by applying freezing temperatures to specific areas to remove undesirable tissue, Cryotherapy can be an effective way of removing growths you might deem unsightly to give your self-esteem a well deserved boost.

At ANP Skin Clinic we employ CryoPen’s safe and subtle devices to manipulate and apply cold Nitrous Oxide for the successful removal of warts, verrucas and other unwanted skin lesions.

Conditions treated with Cryotherapy

  • Warts
  • Verrucas
  • Skin tags, which are small brown or flesh-coloured growths that hang off the skin
  • Fibroma, a harmless, tumor-like growth that can appear anywhere on the body
  • Haemangioma, known as blood spots, these are a group of blood vessels that create a lump beneath the skin
  • Solar Lentigo- a benign patch of darkened skin sometimes referred to as ‘age spots.’
  • Actinic keratosis- a type of sun damage that comes in the form of a small bump, which has a sandpaper feel or a patch of peeling skin that could have a sharp surface with a pink, yellow, brownish or red colour to it.

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FAQs

Does it hurt?

There is very little or no pain involved. The CyroPen devices that we use are an extremely exact treatment down to the millimetre, allowing us to control how deep the nitrous oxide penetrates the skin. This means no healthy skin is treated or effected, keeping discomfort to a minimum. Cyrotherapy is also a very quick process.

How many treatments would I need?

Often no return clinic visits are necessary but each case of abnormal skin cells is different, just as each person reacts differently to different treatments. Depending on the size, nature and type of unwanted tissue, up to 4 treatments might be needed in 1-4 week intervals in a worse case scenario.

What can I expect before, during and after the treatment?

You do not need to do anything in preparation for cryosurgery or cryotherapy. The unwanted tissue may be gently filed before hand by the dermatologist. A round of cryotherapy usually lasts between 5 seconds to a minute until the abnormal skin cells are totally coated in liquid nitrogen. We may apply a numbing agent before the procedure to quell any discomfort as during the process you may experience a very slight stringing pain but this sensation normally eases after a few moments.

You are free and safe to resume going about your daily routine immediately after cryotherapy. The treated area may blister and swell following treatment, but the growth will ultimately fall off in the form of a scab, leaving fresh healthy skin in its wake.

Is it right for me?

Most people, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, are suitable for cryotherapy, especially with the pain levels elicited from the treatment being extremely little to none. It isn’t typically encouraged to treat growths whilst you are pregnant, though external warts and growths can be treated throughout pregnancy. We will be able to advise you on this subject if it is a concern.

Here at ANP Skin Clinic we always provide our clients with first class consultations before treatments, supplying you with all the information about the benefits and risks of a procedure before you commit yourself and your body to it.

How much does it cost?

The cost of our Cryotherapy treatment is heavily influenced by the type and size of growth and the amount of lesions needing to be removed, but treatments are generally start from £50.

What are the risks?

Cryotherapy carries relatively low risk levels, but we will outline the possible side effects in detail with you during your consultation. In the majority of cases, scarring is kept to a minimum and rarely occurs. Other uncommon results might include swelling, blisters forming, redness, bleeding, a temporary skin-colour variation or hair loss in the treated area.

Other extreme effects can be shards of frozen ice that will thaw on contact with healthy skin and nerve damage (particularly in areas where nerves lie close to the surface of the skin, on fingers, wrist, areas or behind the ears).  Studies have shown that normal sensitivity and usual skin colour are usually restored after a few months.