Cryotherapy of skin lesions in Boston is an effective and relatively low-risk procedure for removing or reducing the size of benign and pre-cancerous skin growths. It offers benefits such as minimal scarring, quick recovery, and minimal downtime, making it an appealing option for many individuals with skin lesions. It is especially geared towards patients who prefer non-invasive treatments of their skin condition.
What Is Cryotherapy of Skin Lesions?
Cryotherapy is a medical procedure that involves the use of extremely cold temperatures to treat various skin lesions and conditions. It is often used to remove or reduce the size of benign skin growths such as warts, skin tags, and certain types of moles. Cryotherapy typically leaves minimal scarring compared to surgical removal methods, making it a cosmetically appealing option.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you have benign skin growths such as warts, skin tags, certain types of moles, or actinic keratoses, then you may be a good candidate for cryotherapy. If you have an active infection, psoriasis, or cold urticaria, you may be recommended for other treatments. It is also not applied for individuals with skin cancer, since cryotherapy can damage healthy skin cells.
If you have a history of keloid scarring, you might want to explore other options. Some people are more likely to develop keloids, which are raised scars, after cryotherapy. Cryotherapy can also damage tissue in areas with poor circulation, such as the fingers and toes.
To determine if you are an ideal candidate for cryotherapy treatment, a physical examination will be performed during your consultation. An assessment of your lesion will be conducted to confirm its nature and ensure you are eligible for this procedure.
Your medical history will be reviewed to ensure you have no contraindications to the treatment. A personalized treatment plan will then be developed to address your skin condition.
The cryotherapy process starts with the examination of the skin lesion, which may be cleaned or trimmed to improve the effectiveness of cryotherapy. Liquid nitrogen, which is extremely cold, is applied to the skin lesion using a cotton swab, spray, or cryoprobe. This freezes the lesion and the surrounding tissue.
After freezing, the area is allowed to thaw, which may be repeated for multiple cycles during the same session. The cryotherapy procedure is usually painless, but some people may experience a burning or stinging sensation.
Cryotherapy Healing and Recovery
The recovery time for cryotherapy varies depending on the size and location of the skin lesion. For small lesions, the recovery time may be as short as one week or less. For larger lesions, the recovery time may be up to two weeks.
You may experience some discomfort, redness, and swelling at the treated site, but these should subside within a few days. Scarring depends on the size and severity of the treated lesion.
Set Up Your Consultation
Avoid invasive surgery—treat skin lesions with cryotherapy of skin lesions in Boston. Contact Westford Dermatology & Cosmetic Center to schedule your consultation today.
Your procedure will be performed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Steven Franks in Boston, MS.