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Cryotherapy


 

Introduction

Treatment

Introduction

Cryotherapy is a painless, in-office procedure. It is a freezing method used to remove benign skin lesions. Well-defined lesions and tumors are ideal for freezing, as the doctor can easily identify and treat the appropriate area.

Cryotherapy is also called cryosurgery. It is a low-cost, effective treatment for skin lesions such as actinic keratosis, solar lentigo, seborrheic keratosis, viral wart, molluscum contagiosum, and dermatofibroma.

Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the cells. When the cells thaw, they die. When the cells die, the treated area will shrink and fall off. New, healthy skin cells will regenerate.

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Treatment

The doctor will apply liquid nitrogen with a spray device or cotton-tipped applicator to the unwanted skin tag or lesion. No cutting or anesthesia is required. The amount of time it takes to freeze the lesion can range from 5 to 30 seconds, depending on the lesion.

The treated area may be red and swollen initially, but this is a short-lived side effect. Other possible side effects include bleeding, headache, or local hair loss, especially with longer freeze times. Some people may experience loss of pigmentation or blister formation at the site of treatment, but scarring is rare.

A single treatment is sufficient for most types of lesions, while some people may require an additional one or two treatments over the course of four to eight weeks.

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Location
Lakeview Dermatology
3918 Telephone Road, Suite 100
Lake Worth, TX 76135
Phone: 817-345-6881
Fax: 817-752-5609
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