Have you been struggling with warts or skin tags?
If yes, we have amazing news for you. The end to that struggle is near & here! Via a less than 5 minutes procedure called Cryotherapy, you can now get rid of the nagging skin tags. Healing may take a week or slightly longer.
What is Cryotherapy?
This is a minimally invasive procedure where we use extreme cold to freeze and remove abnormal tissue. It is used to treat many skin conditions (including warts and skin tags) and some cancers, including prostate, cervical and liver cancer. This treatment is also called cryoablation.
Cryotherapy involves freezing a wart using a very cold substance (usually liquid nitrogen). Cryotherapy is a standard treatment for warts and can be done in a doctor’s office. The liquid nitrogen application usually takes less than a minute. Cryotherapy can be uncomfortable. A numbing local anesthetic is usually not needed but may be used in some cases.
During Cryotherapy, we apply extreme cold to abnormal tissue. Cells can’t survive this severe cold and die after treatment. Even better, you won’t need any time off to recover! You will need about 8-10 sessions for the best results.
There are over-the-counter products to freeze warts. These products are less powerful than liquid nitrogen. They may work for some warts, but it may work better to have your doctor freeze the warts.
Cryotherapy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What to expect
- Pain from cryotherapy can last up to 3 days.
- Healing is generally quick (7 to 14 days) with little or no scarring.
- Within hours after treatment, a blister may form.
- If the blister breaks, clean the area to prevent the spread of the wart virus.
- Avoid contact with the fluid, which may contain the wart virus.
- The blister will dry up over the next few days, and the wart may fall off.
- Multiple treatments are usually needed to get rid of the wart.
2. Why it is done
Cryotherapy is usually used if salicylic acid treatment has not eliminated a wart or if quick treatment is desired.
3. How well it works
Cryotherapy usually gets rid of warts. Two or more treatments may be needed.
4. What are the risks
- If done carefully, cryotherapy poses little risk of scarring.
- If a wart is thick and requires extensive or repeated freezing, nerves around the wart can be damaged, scarring may occur, and the skin may take some time to recover.
- Cryotherapy can cause redness, blisters, pain, or tenderness.
- Cryotherapy can also cause skin colour changes where you had the treatment. This may be more noticeable if you have darker skin.