What is Cryotherapy?

Benign skin lesions such as warts, seborrheic keratosis, or skin tags are generally little cause for concern.  However, if these lesions have become bothersome to the patient or are of concern to your physician, they may be removed through a technique known as cryotherapy or cryosurgery.  This procedure involves the application of liquid nitrogen to the lesion using either a cryo sprayer or cotton swab.  The extreme cold of the liquid nitrogen effectively kills the treated skin cells, eventually removing the lesion that was once there and allowing new, unaffected skin to grow in its place.  Often, a blister forms beneath the treated area which helps to lift the lesion away from the skin.  Cryotherapy is also a major treatment for precancerous lesions known as actinic keratosis and can help prevent their progression to skin cancer.

What are the Benefits of Cryotherapy?

·        Healing typically happens quickly and without scarring

·        Eliminates the treated lesion in most cases

·        May be combined with other treatment methods for optimal results

·        Side effects are typically minor and usually resolve quickly.  These may include blistering and discomfort in the treated area.  More serious side effects are rare.  Your provider will discuss these further in your visit.

Learn More about Cryotherapy

If you have a bothersome, benign skin lesion or a precancerous actinic keratosis, there are options for removal, and cryotherapy is often among the most useful.  To determine if it is the best treatment option for you, schedule a consultation and treatment with our Baton Rouge dermatology office or Lafayette dermatology office.