Cryotherapy

BOOKING: Free initial consultations available, pleases click HERE to book. 

PRICES: Initial Consultation and Treatment with Emma from £60, depending on the size, depth and number of lesions. Repeated treatments if needed: from £50 per session

INFORMATION: The term ‘cryotherapy’ literally means ‘treatment using low temperature’ and refers to the removal of skin lesions by freezing them with liquid nitrogen. A wide variety of superficial benign (non-cancerous) lesions can be treated with cryotherapy, but it is most commonly used to remove actinic keratoses (an area of sun-damaged skin found predominantly on sun-exposed parts of the body), viral warts, seborrhoeic keratoses, Bowen’s disease and other benign lesions. Occasionally, Emma may suggest using cryotherapy to treat a superficial type of a low grade skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma.

Although there is slight local pain felt, cryotherapy does not require a local anaesthetic, and the procedure itself lasts a matter of seconds; the precise time depends on the thickness and size of the lesion. The frozen skin becomes white and takes one to two minutes to thaw back to normal skin temperature. The process may then be repeated once the skin has thawed. Repeat treatment at 2 to 4 weeks may be necessary.

AFTERCARE: Immediate side effects include pain - cryotherapy is usually well-tolerated but can sometimes be painful if a deep freeze has been necessary (i.e. to treat a basal cell carcinoma). This discomfort can occur both at the time of treatment and for a variable time thereafter. Painkillers (such as paracetamol) taken for the first 24 hours may relieve the discomfort; also taking a painkiller an hour or so prior to the anticipated treatment may reduce the discomfort; Swelling and redness is a normal immediate response to freezing the skin and usually settles after two to three days. For a short while the treated area may ooze a little watery fluid. After a few days, a scab usually forms, and this generally takes one to two weeks to fall off (occasionally a little longer, especially on the legs). Usually, the treated area will eventually look normal, although scarring and discolouration is possible, and rarely ulceration, particularly on the lower legs. Depending on the nature of the lesion, more than one treatment may be necessary, and this is usually repeated at regular intervals. Emma will supply full after care information at the end of your appointment.

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