- Freckles or dark, hyper pigmented lesions
- Age/liver spots
- Sebhorroeic Warts
- Cherry angioma (red blisters)
- Skin tags
What Is Cryotherapy?
Is the CryoPen Suitable for all?
The CryoPen is a safe an effective treatment for all, from children to adults. Little to no skin preparation is needed; the treatment is quick with no aftercare required.
CryoPen Side effects
As the freezing element is applied you may experience mild discomfort. This treatment is recommended for use on children as well as adults, it is a safe and effective way to treat skin lesions within one session with no down time, the discomfort, if any, experience will be mild.
Having CryoPen treatment
The penetration into the tissue is at approximately 1mm per 5 seconds; therefore it will only take 10 seconds to treat a 2mm lesion, with no anaesthetic required. As the procedure is performed you may feel minor discomfort as the freezing takes place, however most people state this is not unpleasant more like a prickling sensation. The treatment provides a long, deep freeze resulting in a more effective treatment, with fewer repeat visits. Within approximately 3to 4 days you will notice a change in the treated area, between the seventh and tenth day the skin lesion should shed. Healing will then begin, after 3 weeks optimum results will be seen.£47 – One Lesion or Tag
£60 – One Wart or Verruca or large skin tag
£25 – Additional Lesion or Tag (Treated at the same time)
A Skin Tag is a small flap of tissue that hangs off the skin by a connecting stalk. Skin tags are not dangerous.
They appear most often in women, especially with weight gain and in elderly people. Irritation can occur if the skin tag frequency rubs against clothing or jewellery.
Women are more likely to develop skin tags than men.
Skin Tags are usually a few millimetres in size, although can be bigger.
They are usually found on the neck, in the armpits, around the groin, or under the breasts.
They can also grow on the eyelids or under the folds of the buttocks.
Removing skin tags does not cause more to grow with the CryoPen.
Cherry Angioma- Blood Spots – Campbell De Morgan
Sun Damage/ Age Spots
Shop bought topical preparations such as Wartner and Bazuka for the removal of warts and verrucae use a “slow freeze” principle to destroy the cells. A slow freeze gives the cells time to self-protect themselves, therefore taking a long time to destroy the lesion, if at all.
The Cryopen attacks the cells using a fast freeze (-40 degrees on the lesion in 12 secs), destroying the nucleus therefore removing the lesion as it has not time to protect itself. It is also believed that this process helps the immune system to recognise the virus so that the patient may be less likely to get a verruca again.
Soak for 5 mins every day for one week prior to your appointment
Exfoliate or gently file every day, after soaking, for one week prior to your appointment
A second treatment may be required if the wart/verruca is very large or has been present for a few years to make sure no viral cells remain.
If you have had a treatment to remove a skin lesion, you might like to know what to expect in the coming days. While there is very little aftercare required, there are a few things you should be aware of.
Blistering can happen with any cryotherapy treatment and is indiscriminate. The Cryopen is the most effective way of avoiding blisters as we are only treating the affected area and not healthy tissue.
If a blister does appear, please don’t pop it. It will go down on its own. If it pops, weeping may occur. If so use a smear of Savlon or Germolene cream twice a day. An adhesive dressing such as a plaster can be used to cover the area to protect it.
These turn black at the base and drop off over a period of one to six weeks. Larger skin tags of 3mm+ may need a second freeze. Please contact us after six weeks if they need to be retreated. If the area does become tender you can use use Savlon or Germolene twice a day. A plaster can be used to cover the area to stop the treated area being irritated by clothing rubbing on it.
Warts and Verrucae
It is recommended if they are still there, warts and verrucae should be re-treated 4 weeks after your first treatment. There is no aftercare apart from if the treated area develops a blister.
These are superficial keratin filled epidermal cysts and normally flatten and disappear with Cryotherapy quite quickly. There is no need to do anything other than follow the blister advice if one appears
Pigmentation and cherry Angiomas
The treated area may raise and look like a bee-sting. Do not worry this is perfectly normal. The redness will subside in a few hours.
General advice for all skin
In the case of all lesions, over the next 24 hours the area will go darker and develop a crust on the surface. Do not pick this off. When it naturally falls away you will see new skin which is a shiny pink colour. This is not scarring. It will re pigment over the following weeks and could take several months.
The histamine in the area which was treated will create an itchy sensation for between ten and sixty minutes, do not worry this is perfectly normal.
Do not pick the treated area at any time after treatment otherwise the area will take longer to heal. If a wheel/scab is knocked off accidentally it will also take longer to heal, but you should still have the same outcome of a successful treatment.
Please use a sunblock factor 50 on any pigmentation removal until it has re-pigmented, this may take up to eight weeks.
You can continue to use make up, deodorant or perfumes on treated areas but try and leave for as long as you can on the day of treatment.
If the small crust has not fallen off after four weeks please wait until it has done so before contacting the clinic. Skin sometimes takes several weeks and even months to regenerate.
If the skin being treated is tanned please remember the healing skin will no longer be tanned. It will eventually re-pigment as it matures.
Permanent alopecia can occur in a treated area which is usually covered with hair.
Treatments that do not heal after six weeks should be reviewed by your doctor or dermatologist. Please contact us to tell us if this happens