This procedure involves inflicting extreme cold to destroy tissue. The following can be treated with Cryosurgery -
- Skin Tags
- Cherry angioma
- Sun spots/ Actinic Keratosis
- Brown warts/ Seborrhoeic keratosis
- Almost any unwanted benign small skin lesion
1How does the Cryopen work?
By rapidly lowering the temperature of the problem lesion, ice crystals are formed and this causes cell destruction.
2Could you treat skin cancer (Melanoma, Basal cell cancer) with this?
Cancers need more extensive treatment, hence cryosurgery wouldn’t be appropriate.
3What happens after treatment?
A blister forms 2-24 hours after treatment and can take many days to dissolve. A crust is formed once the blister breaks and healing occurs from 1-6 weeks depending on the depth of freeze and size of lesion.
4Can the Cryopen be used anywhere on the body?
It should be avoided in areas with delicate/ skin or areas with reduced blood supply. Since cryosurgery can sometimes leave the treated area hypo-pigmented, so care should be taken to avoid areas, which might be cosmetically important.