Cryotherapy has been used in medicine for many years and offers the most successful, safe, reliable and effective treatment for many clients with less likelihood of scarring or recurrence than some other treatment methods. The procedure uses liquid nitrogen and can be carried out after an initial consultation and only takes a few minutes. Often more than one treatment is needed to eliminate a skin lesion.
The method kills the wart or superficial skin lesion by freezing it with liquid nitrogen. This is an option you can take if you want your warts to be treated in the quickest way. However, this may not be a good option for patients who are sensitive to pain like elderly people and children.
WHAT SKIN CONDITIONS ARE TREATED.
- seborrhoeic keratosis
- actinic keratosis
The TREATMENT PROCESS
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Our cryotherapy treatment is available in Coventry.
Benefits of having this treatment with us:
- We are Fully Qualified medical practitioners. Therefore all practitioners undertaking treatments come from a medical background and have a university degree in pharmacy or medicine.
- Our team has years of experience in aesthetic treatments. We ensure all treatments are carried out to the highest standards, to achieve optimum results.
- We pride ourselves on patient care and experience, therefore, our experienced team will ensure that your visit and treatment is as informative, comfortable and professional as possible
- We have very high patient satisfaction. Our patients are very happy with their results resulting in many returning to have additional areas treated. We also have many that recommend friends and family to our clinics.
- We are committed to evidence-based practice and use premium products. We use FDA and CE approved products for the treatments.
- We are registered with Save Face. This government approved register is the highest level of recognition available for professionals working within aesthetic cosmetic medicine within the UK.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You’ll have the opportunity to ask your medical practitioner any questions as part of your consultation, but to start the ball rolling here are the answers to some that our patients most frequently asked questions.
Many different superficial skin lesions can be treated with cryotherapy including viral warts, seborrhoeic keratosis, actinic keratosis and other benign lesions. It is essential that a correct diagnosis is made before treatment as we do not treat any cancerous lesions as these are more appropriately managed and followed up on the NHS. If a lesion looks suspicious of skin cancer, you will be advised to seek advice from your General Practitioner.
Due to the risk of damage to the surrounding area, treatments in close proximity to important structures such as the eye are avoided. Treatment can take place on the face, scalp or body depending on the type of skin lesion. It is possible to treat several areas in a single session.
Cryotherapy is a medical procedure which involves the application of nitrous oxide gas under high pressure to the skin where the unwanted lesions are frozen and destroyed. The aim is to create a thermal shock to the tissue which involves a rapid drop of temperature. This has the effect of crystallising the contents of the body cells leading to destruction of the skin lesion.
A follow up visit is recommended after 2-4 weeks to assess response to treatment and further application if required. Over the following days, a scab will often form and the lesion may become a little red and angry looking. This will usually resolve over 1-4 weeks and the area remaining will often return to normal, although it is possible to develop a small area of scarring or change in skin colour.
The safety of cryotherapy has long been established and the risk of complications is lower than many other treatments.
No anaesthetic is required for cryotherapy and it is usually very well tolerated with only minimal discomfort. During the procedure, mild discomfort may be experienced that is similar to the pressure with a ball point pen on the skin although pain can be more intense as more freezing is applied. There is sometimes some residual stinging after treatment which may last for several minutes. Following the treatment, the skin lesion will become red and sore, there may be some blistering and occasionally a scab may form. If a deeper freeze is required, this can sometimes cause a greater degree of pain which may be immediately following treatment and for a variable time afterwards. Simple analgesia can be taken if necessary.
Cryotherapy is considered a low-risk procedure however following treatment, there may be some pigment change seen at the treated area. The area may become lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) than the surrounding skin. Often pigment changes will improve over a number of months although they can sometimes persist indefinitely. The risk of pigment change is higher with darker skin types.
When a skin lesion is located near a superficial nerve (such as the fingers, wrists, behind the ears), following treatment there may be some nerve damage. This may result in numbness, tingling or hypersensitivity. Reports suggest that nerve damage will often resolve within several months.
As hair follicles are easily damaged by cryotherapy, it is not unusual for there to be an area of alopecia (baldness) in the area that has been treated,
Following the treatment, it is normal to experience a residual stinging which can last for up to an hour. After this, the area will often become a little red, swollen and sore and a blister may develop. There may be some weeping from the wound and a scab may develop. It is important not to pick at the wound as this may result in scarring. As the wound heals, the skin lesion will diminish or disappear. A follow up appointment will be made and further treatment applied if necessary. Sometimes the original skin lesion may reappear over time and require further treatment.
If you have any concerns that the wound may look infected (increasing redness or pain, yellow discharge or pus) then we would ask you to book an appointment with us for a review at the earliest opportunity.
Following the treatment, it is normal to experience a residual stinging which can last for up to an hour. After this, the area will often become a little red and sore and a blister may develop. There may be some weeping from the wound and a scab may develop. It is important not to pick at the wound as this may result in scarring. We do not recommend covering the area with a dressing or plaster unless we have otherwise advised you to do so. If you have any concerns that the wound may look infected then we would ask you to book an appointment with us for a review at the earliest opportunity. Healing will tend to occur over a 1 to 6 week period and more than one treatment is often needed.
During the healing process, the treated area may develop some pigment change, either darker (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hypopigmentation). This will generally improve over a period of a few months but sometimes may persist indefinitely. If pigment change occurs, we recommend you book a review appointment with us so that we can advise you accordingly.
Rarely freezing can cause some irritation to some of the small nerves in the skin and lead to an area of numbness, tingling or hypersensitivity. These symptoms will generally improve over a period of weeks or months but if the sensation is problematic, it is best to book an appointment to discuss with the practitioner.