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What does cryotherapy mean?

Cryotherapy refers to a minimally invasive treatment in which surface skin lesions are frozen using cryogens such as liquid nitrogen. This results in a superficial cold burn that heals within a few weeks.

Why do I need a cryotherapy at my appointment?

Cryotherapy can assist with a wide range of skin conditions from sun damage (such as actinic keratoses and Bowen’s disease), to low-grade skin cancers like superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma, as well as raised skin lesions like warts and fleshy moles.

What does the procedure involve?

The cryotherapy procedure involves liquid nitrogen to be applied to the skin by using a spray device, to freeze the targeted area. The frozen skin becomes white and takes one to two minutes to thaw back to normal skin temperature and the process may need to be repeated once the skin has thawed. This procedure has the added advantage of not requiring an injection of local anaesthetic and can usually be performed on the day of your consultation procedure.

Is there any recovery time afterwards?

A few days after the cryotherapy procedure a scab will form and drop off in around one to two weeks. Typically, a wound will take approximately 2-3 weeks to heal over.  Scarring may occur and initially be red and raised but will usually reduce in colour and size over several months.

When do I get my results?

We normally work on a quick turnaround of two to three days, your surgeon will usually arrange a follow up consultation with you within a week of your procedure to discuss your results. Sometimes due to extra tests being required this there may be a delay in your result but this will be discussed with you.