Cryotherapy may sound like a term coined for a superhero power, but it is a simple cosmetic treatment that permanently eliminates abnormal and diseased tissue. By utilizing non-toxic liquid nitrogen that is about -200º C, this non-invasive treatment instantly freezes the cells inside of the affected tissue.
How Is Cryotherapy Treatment Performed?
Once the targeted area is cleaned, cryotherapy is performed with a handheld device that delivers short pulses of liquid nitrogen directly to the skin. After the skin is properly treated, ointment is applied, and a bandage covers the treated area. Over the next few days, the area may blister and scab as it heals.
What Skin Conditions Are Treatable With Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy effectively treats a wide range of common skin imperfections, including:
Warts are small, rough growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Although most warts are not painful, their appearance on the face, hands, or feet can cause a person to feel self-conscious about their appearance.
Skin tags are small flaps of overdeveloped tissue that are typically found on the neck, chest, or armpits. Skin tags often cause irritation when they come in contact with clothing.
Solar Lentigines and Actinic Keratosis
These skin lesions are gray or brown spots that usually appear on the face, hands, and arms. These spots can either develop as a result of the aging process or as a result of prolonged sun exposure (hyperpigmentation). In some instances, they may also be precursors to skin cancer.
Cryotherapy can also treat some skin cancers, but only if the lesions affect the epidermis (top layer) of the skin. A consultation with Dr. Sandra Lee will determine if cryotherapy can be an effective treatment for your skin cancer lesion.
To find out if you are a good candidate for cryotherapy, feel free to contact our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee today. Dr. Lee has years of experience with the most technologically advanced laser and light-based procedures to help you achieve an appearance about which you can feel confident. Call (909) 981-8929 today, or fill out our online contact form for more information. We look forward to seeing you soon!