Cryosurgery uses extremely cold temperatures to destroy abnormal tissue and treat several skin conditions. Also called cryotherapy or cryoablation, cryosurgery uses argon gas or liquid nitrogen to treat tumors, warts, acne, skin cancers, seborrheic keratoses, and other skin abnormalities.
How Does Cryosurgery Work?
When using cryosurgery to treat skin conditions, your dermatologist will apply liquid nitrogen directly on the affected area using a cotton swab or spraying device. This causes the cold liquid nitrogen to freeze and kill abnormal skin cells.
Cryosurgery is an effective treatment for basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis, and benign lesions like warts or moles. It may also be used to treat acne and diminish acne scars by reducing inflammation and removing dead skin cells from the epidermis. Cold temperatures also kill bacteria that cause acne, helping to reduce flare-ups.
The Benefits and Side Effects of Cryosurgery
There are many advantages to using cryosurgery to treat skin conditions. For starters, it is a non-invasive procedure with minimal scarring and discomfort. It often requires no hospital stay and may be done using local anesthesia or, in some cases, not at all. This makes cryosurgery an ideal choice for those who want to minimize downtime and recovery time. In addition, dermatologists are able to focus on precise treatment areas avoiding damage to nearby healthy tissues.
While cryosurgery is an effective treatment for skin conditions, there are some potential side effects to be aware of. However, these side effects are typically rare and less severe than those of traditional treatments. Side effects of cryosurgery may include:
- Nerve damage
- Loss of skin pigment
See if You are a Candidate for Cryosurgery
At Academic Alliance in Dermatology, our team will assess your skin condition and determine if you are a candidate for cryosurgery. We will provide you with an accurate diagnosis, answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure, and help you make an informed decision about your treatment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if cryosurgery is the right treatment for you.