Cryotherapy (also called cryoablation) is the use of extreme cold to freeze and remove abnormal tissue. Skin cells can’t survive this cold and die after treatment. Your body then heals the area and the dead or necrotic tissue sloughs off. Plastic surgeons and dermatologists use this to treat many skin conditions.
Your plastic surgeons or dermatologist can use a few different substances to create this intense cold during cryotherapy. These substances can include:
Liquid nitrous oxide.
Cryotherapy is a minimally invasive therapy. Cryotherapy is usually done without open surgery. Most people recover quickly from the procedure and with little pain.
After cryotherapy for an external skin condition, the treated area will turn red and maybe even blister. Pain is typically mild. The area will form a scab, which usually heals in one to three weeks. It is important to treat the scab with bacitracin or antibiotic ointment twice a day as dry scabs heal a lot slower. This will also minimize any chance of scarring. Once the scab is off, then we usually recommend Dr. Speron’s Natural Skin Care Scar Product.
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