What is cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy for skin lesions is a non-invasive treatment method that involves using extreme cold temperatures to remove unwanted lesions. Cryotherapy skin lesion treatments are typically performed using a cryogen, such as liquid nitrogen, which is applied directly to the skin lesion.
How does cryotherapy work?
The extreme cold causes the cells within the skin lesion to freeze, leading to their destruction. This freezing process, known as cryonecrosis, effectively cuts off the blood supply to the skin tag, causing it to shrink and eventually fall off. The procedure is relatively quick, and while some patients may experience a slight stinging or burning sensation during the treatment, it is generally well-tolerated.
What can I expect during treatments?
During cryotherapy treatments, you can expect a straightforward and relatively quick procedure. Dr. Warner will use a specialized cryogen, such as liquid nitrogen, to freeze the skin lesion. The cryogen is applied directly to the skin tag using a controlled and precise technique. You may feel a brief stinging or burning sensation during the treatment, but the discomfort is usually minimal and tolerable. The freezing temperature causes the cells within the skin tag to undergo cryonecrosis, leading to their destruction.
What can I expect after cryotherapy?
Following the treatment, the skin tag may initially appear white or blistered, and a scab may form. Over time, the treated area will heal, and the skin tag will gradually shrink, detach, and fall off. Some patients may require multiple cryotherapy sessions to completely remove larger or more persistent skin tags. Aftercare instructions will be provided, which may include keeping the treated area clean and dry, avoiding excessive rubbing or scratching, and applying recommended ointments or creams. It’s important to note that individual experiences and healing times may vary.
Schedule a cryotherapy consultation in Orlando
While cryotherapy for skin lesions is generally safe and effective, it’s important to consult with a professional before undergoing the procedure, especially if you have multiple or larger skin lesions. Dr. Warner, our board certified cosmetic surgeon, can assess your specific situation, provide guidance on the best approach, and ensure proper care during the treatment process. Call 407-863-8700 or fill out the form below to schedule a consultation at Florida Eyelid and Cosmetic Surgery in Orlando.