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Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to treat lesions and sun damaged skin. We look at the benefits of cryotherapy and what it involves.
The treated area will thaw again in one or two minutes. Skin thus treated may become inflamed and blister in the short term but this will usually settle within two or three days or a little longer for larger areas.
The advantage of this treatment is that it will often replace the need for a surgical operation. Cryotherapy is administered at an outpatient appointment
It is also used with actinic keratoses, seborrhoeic keratoses, solar lentigo, viral warts, condyloma acuminatum, molluscum contagiosum, dermatofibroma, Bowen’s disease and other benign lesions that are amenable to cryotherapy treatment.
Cryotherapy can also be used for small basal cell cancers.
It doesn’t require local anaesthesia or the use of sutures.
While the risk of infection with cryotherapy is low, if increasing pain and redness were to occur within a few days of treatment, patients are advised to see their GP for a prescription for antibiotic cream or tablets.