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Cryotherapy (Freezing)

Removing skin lesions without the need for surgery

Cryotherapy is a quick method of removing skin lesions without the need for surgery by freezing the skin cells using liquid nitrogen. The procedure is effective for a range of skin lesions and can be done in the clinic room setting. 

Dr Nicole perfoms cryotherapy with care to ensure you have the best cosmetic result. Dr Nicole uses cryotherapy to treat:

  • Sun-damaged skin lesions (actinic keratosis)
  • Seborrhoeic keratosis (harmless, warty skin growths)
  • Viral warts (warty skin growths due to viral infections)
  • Some superficial skin cancers such as Bowen’s disease and superficial basal cell carcinoma
  • Performed by a Consultant Dermatologist with specialist experience in diagnosing and treating skin cancers and benign skin lesions
  • Comprehensive full skin assessment and dermoscopy for accurate diagnosis
  • Cryotherapy treatment for skin lesions without the need for surgery
  • Comprehensive aftercare programme
  • No GP referral required

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Frequently Asked Questions

About Skin tag or wart removal
    • How is the cryotherapy treatment done?

      Liquid nitrogen is applied to the skin using a spray gun. This usually lasts for about 5-10 seconds. Depending on the size and thickness of the lesion, the procedure can be repeated a few times. There is mild local pain during the procedure, but the procedure does not normally require any local anaesthetic. The frozen skin turns white and slowly thaws to normal skin colour. Over the following few days, a scab or a blister may form, which will fall off. The treated area eventually looks normal, but can sometimes leave a paler or darker mark. More than one treatment may be necessary. This again depends on the size and thickness of the skin lesion.

    • What are the side effects?

      Cryotherapy is generally a safe procedure and side effects are very rare. Potential side effects can be pain, numbness, swelling, redness, blistering, skin infection, changes to pigmentation in the skin and scarring (extremely rare).

    • How to care for the treated area?

      Aftercare instructions will be provided. Generally, do not pick the area when a scab forms, and apply an antiseptic cream if a blister forms following the treatment.

1 Consultation

At consultation, the skin lesion of concern is examined closely using a dermotoscope (dermoscopy). A full skin check is offered when you present with a skin lesion.

2 The Treatment

A range of removal methods will be discussed. Dr Nicole will perform the most appropriate treatment option for you.

3 Aftercare

Aftercare instructions will be provided to ensure that excellent cosmetic results are achieved. If stitches are required as part of the procedure, full aftercare services will be provided.