Cryotherapy is a non-invasive treatment option for common skin imperfections such as skin tags, age spots, and milia. Cryotherapy uses cooling technology to destroy these imperfections, resulting in smoother and more youthful skin.
Cryotherapy works using liquid nitrous oxide. This involves directing a precise and fine jet of the liquid nitrous oxide to the treatment area, destroying the growth or lesion without harming the healthy tissue around it. This effectively freezes the unwanted skin cells, which later fall away to reveal smooth and unblemished skin.
Cryotherapy can be used to treat a range of common skin issues. Some of the blemishes that can be treated using cryotherapy include:
During the treatment you may feel a slight stinging cold sensation that lasts 10-15 seconds. There is little to no downtime and very minimal discomfort following the procedure. Some may experience minor side effects while the skin heals, such as sensitivity to the area as well as small blisters. These side effects should be minimal and will resolve quickly. Dr. Shienbaum can tell you what to expect during your cryotherapy consultation.
In most cases, patients will only need one cryotherapy treatment. One month after your treatment, your skin will be assessed to determine whether a repeat treatment will be needed.
Cryotherapy does not require downtime, and the aftercare required is minimal. After your procedure, you should apply Aquaphor to the treated area twice a day, keeping the area moist until all scabbing is resolved. It is also important to avoid any direct sun exposure and use SPF as directed by Dr. Shienbaum. Following these steps will help prevent scarring or hyperpigmentation as the skin heals. The treated area should begin to change at about 3-4 days after treatment, with healing generally complete about 7-14 days after the treatment.