Cryotherapy is a highly effective treatment for a broad range of skin lesions and problems. The process involves spraying the lesion with extreme cold (liquid nitrogen) until a small ice ball forms. This keeps the area frozen for long enough to destroy the tissue. Patients will feel a slight discomfort which feels like a burning or stinging sensation as the lesion is freezing. As the lesion dies, a scab forms and will start to peel off within a couple of weeks. Anywhere from 1-3 treatments may be required depending on the patient.
Benign skin lesions that are candidates for cryotherapy include: actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis, viral warts, and even skin tags. Cryotherapy is one of the most common treatments for actinic keratosis, which is a precancer or skin abnormality. If left untreated, actinic keratosis may develop into skin cancer.
Our team will evaluate the lesion and determine if you’re a good candidate for Cryotherapy. If Dr. Abrahamsen feels that the lesion may be malignant, he will then advise a biopsy. This tissue will be sent to a pathologist who will look at it under a microscope and determine whether or not it’s a malignant or benign lesion. If you have a lesion that you’re interested in treating, contact us today!