CRYOTHERAPY IN NORFOLK
The term “Cryotherapy” literally means treatment using low temperature, and refers to the removal of skin lesions by freezing them. The common agent used by Practitioners is liquid nitrogen. Liquid nitrogen is the liquid state of gaseous nitrogen, which accounts for 78% of the air we breathe. It is extremely cold, and it is necessary to store and transport it in special flasks. A wide variety of benign lesions can be treated with Cryotherapy, but it is most commonly used to remove:
- Actinic keratosis (an area of sun damaged skin, predominantly found on sun exposed parts of the body.
- Viral warts / Verruca
- Seborrheic keratosis
- Other benign lesions
- Bowen’s disease
About our Cryotherapy treatment
This includes a consultation with Annie in our clinic just outside Norwich. We will discuss what you are concerned about and the results you are looking for. We will take your medical history and ask you to sign a patient consent form.
Whilst this treatment is suitable for most skin lesions, If we feel that this is something that requires further medical intervention we will direct you to a suitable Medical Practitioner.
Cryotherapy is a relatively painless treatment, with no special preparation. The treatment session lasts 20 minutes. The Liquid nitrogen is usually applied with a spray gun. It does not normally require a local anaesthetic and the procedure lasts a matter of seconds – depending on size/thickness of the lesion. During treatment the frozen skin turns white. It may take more than one treatment, again depending on size/thickness of the lesion. Similarly it may be unsuccessful – we are currently limiting the number of treatments to 4.
After a few days a scab will form which will take 1-2 weeks to come away. Usually the treated area will eventually look normal. You can care for the treated area by keeping it dry until a scab forms, not picking at the scab, as this will encourage scarring, and perhaps using a dressing if the area is likely to be rubbed by clothing. Because of this please consider the timing of your procedure – it may be unsuitable if you have strenuous activity in the near future.
Depending on the skin lesion some results can be seen immediately after treatment. Results typically can be seen 2-3 days after treatment. Although some skin lesion require a maximum of 4 treatments every four weeks to completely remove the skin lesion.
CRYOTHERAPY – ONE SESSION
(Up to 3 skin lesions)
All treatments are recommended as a course ideally.
Course of treatments
1 session – £40
4 sessions – £150
Are there any potential side effects?
This is a very safe treatment with minimal side effects – provided it is carried out by a properly qualified practitioner.
- It can be uncomfortable at the time of treatment and for a variable time after – painkillers can be taken in the first 24 hours to relieve discomfort.
- Swelling and Redness – This is a normal response and usually settles after 2-3 days. The treated area may also ooze a little
- Puffiness – Cryotherapy near the eyes may induce puffiness of the lower eyelids which settles within days
- The treatment carries the risk of change in pigmentation if the skin is not suitable protected by a high SPF cream.