What is Cryosurgery?
Cryosurgery, also known as cryotherapy, is a nonsurgical treatment to remove abnormal skin growths available at Advanced Dermatology. Historically, the most direct way to treat skin growths is to “freeze” them with liquid nitrogen, a process called cryotherapy. Liquid nitrogen is greater than -300ºC. It is very cold, so cold that it can feel hot. This option can be a little uncomfortable and sometimes has to be repeated to achieve removal when lesions are stubborn!
At Advanced Dermatology, we offer cryosurgery to remove unwanted skin growths, such as lesions, warts, and moles. Cryosurgery can also be used as a skin cancer treatment if your skin has precancerous cells (actinic keratosis) or early-stage skin cancer. A quick, efficient treatment for many skin growths, cryosurgery can ordinarily be performed in our Katy, League City, Pearland, or Sugar Land, TX offices with little downtime after the procedure. To learn more about cryosurgery or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced practitioners, contact Advanced Dermatology at any of our locations in the Greater Houston, TX area.
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Who Is a Candidate for Cryosurgery?
Cryosurgery may be used if you have an unwanted skin growth, such as a mole or skin tag, which you want to have removed for cosmetic reasons. The growth may be on a visible area of your body (such as your face) or it may be in an area where it is constantly irritated by clothing or jewelry (such as your chest). Cryosurgery may be combined with another skin cancer treatment or performed multiple times for more effective results.
Cryosurgery Treatment Technique
Cryosurgery is a simple procedure that usually takes a short amount of time. At the start of the procedure, we will sterilize the area. A numbing agent may be applied to the treatment area to help minimize any discomfort. Using a cotton swab or spray, the liquid nitrogen is administered directly and immediately kills all cells that it is in contact with, including the growth. Your practitioner will carefully perform the treatment so only the targeted areas are impacted. Following your cryosurgery, the treated skin will be cleaned and bandaged.
What Can I Expect After Cryosurgery?
After your cryosurgery, you should be free to leave our office and return to sedentary (non-active) work. The treated area may be red or swollen and a blister may form. Our team will go over how to clean and care for your treated skin to avoid an infection. You will most likely have a follow-up appointment at Advanced Dermatology so your healing can be assessed and to determine if another treatment is needed.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you have an abnormal skin lesion or growth, schedule a consultation for a treatment removal method that is appropriate for you, which could be cryosurgery. As a quick and easy procedure, cryosurgery effectively treats skin growths with liquid nitrogen to kill precancerous and cancerous cells. Contact Advanced Dermatology in Katy, League City, Pearland, or Sugar Land, TX to schedule a skin exam and then learn about treatment options, like cryosurgery, to remove skin growths.