Cryotherapy of Skin Lesions Q & A
What should I expect after cryotherapy?
Eventually, cryotherapy will only leave faint and minimal scarring in the treatment area after the skin heals, if there is any scarring at all. With that being said, for a few weeks after treatment, there will likely be some redness, soreness, swelling, blistering, and scabbing as part of the healing process. Immediately after treatment, the skin in the treatment area will be red, sore, and swollen. After a day or two, blisters will begin to form as the soreness subsides. Around a week after treatment, the treatment area’s surface will likely be dark red or brown, with scabs starting to form. Over the next two to four weeks, the skin’s surface layer in the treatment area will begin to peel off as it heels.
When you come to Family First Medical Group for cryotherapy treatment, our cryotherapy specialist will provide you with all of the post-operative care instructions you need to make sure your skin heals correctly!
How long will it take for my skin tag to fall off?
After cryotherapy, the skin tag should fall off within ten days to four weeks. In order to remove skin tags and other skin growths or lesions, cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tag. In doing so, the sudden and extreme cold causes ice crystals to form inside the tag’s skin cells, which immediately destroys the targeted cells. As the blood supply to the skin tag is cut off over the next ten days to four weeks, the skin tag will eventually fall off on its own.
What should I avoid after cryotherapy?
While our cryotherapy experts will provide you with all that you need to know following treatment, there are some common things to avoid after receiving cryotherapy to remove skin lesions and other tags or growths. As such, it is generally recommended that you avoid swimming and hot tubs for one week after treatment unless you are approved to do so by your doctor. You should also avoid scented soaps, perfumes, lotions, and makeup in the treatment area until the skin is fully healed or when your doctor gives you the green light to do so.
What can cryotherapy treat?
From benign or cancerous tumors to skin tags and warts, cryotherapy has many practical uses! The following is a list of conditions that cryotherapy has proven to be effective in treating:
- Actinic keratosis, or precancerous growths that occur due to sun damage
- Bone, cervical, liver, prostate, or skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma
- Dark spots, skin tags, and warts
- Seborrheic keratosis and other benign (non-cancerous) skin growths
If you are interested in cryotherapy for skin lesions, we would love to hear from you at Family First Medical Group! Please feel free to call us for more information or schedule an appointment through our website. First Medical Group is located in Evergreen Park, Illinois, at 9730 S. Western Ave in Suite 700, as well as in Mokena, Illinois, at 10260 W 191st St.