Dermatology
& Plastic Surgery
Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a surface treatment using liquid nitrogen to freeze surface lesions.

Description

Cryotherapy is a surface treatment using liquid nitrogen to freeze surface lesions.


Procedure

The procedure is performed at the time of your consultation. Liquid nitrogen is either sprayed or applied to the lesion directly. For larger lesions, a numbing cream can be used.


Downtime

You will be able to resume normal work activities straight away. It is advisable to avoid sweating and exertion for a week.


Outcome

Cryotherapy heals in 7-10 days and may leave a small flat white mark. Usually, there is no scarring. The treated area may have some redness persist for 2-3 months.


Funding access

Please check with your private health fund.


FAQ

What is cryotherapy indicated for?

Cryotherapy is used to remove precancerous skin lesions eg senile warts, actinic keratoses. Cryotherapy can also be used to treat superficial skin cancers.

What are the risks and side effects of this procedure?

Blistering, ulceration and infection are risks following cryotherapy. Keep a watch on the treated area and contact us if you are concerned.


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