$100 - $499
What is cryosurgery?
Cryosurgery, or cryoablation, is a non-surgical topical thermal treatment using extreme cold therapy to destroy unwanted tissues. Cryosurgery, like cryotherapy, uses liquid nitrogen to spot freeze tissues. Cryosurgery is highly effective in dermatology for removing most benign skin lesions, especially in patients with lighter skin looking to remove lesions on non hair bearing areas of the body.
Actinic keratoses, molluscum contagiosum, skin tags, and numerous other skin conditions respond well to liquid nitrogen cryosurgery. Cryosurgery is also a first line technique for some cancer treatments including skin cancer and prostate cancer.
What cosmetic concerns does a cryosurgery procedure treat?
- Birthmarks, Moles, & Skin Growths: Freezing tissue with extreme cold temperatures destroys cells, and allows the body to break down and eliminate them.
Who is the ideal candidate for a cryosurgery procedure?
The ideal candidate for a cryosurgery procedure has a benign skin lesion they are seeking to remove for cosmetic reasons. Cryosurgery is not recommended for those with cold related pathologies, those with darker skin tones, those with lesions in poorly vascularized areas, or those whose lesions have not yet been assessed by a dermatologist.
What is the average recovery associated with a cryosurgery procedure?
The recovery time following a cryosurgery procedure is generally a few days. Most patients resume all normal activities after treatment, taking care to keep the treated area clean and dry. Regular bandage changes may be necessary as skin heals.
What are the potential side effects of a cryosurgery procedure?
Potential side effects following a cryosurgery procedure include bleeding, blister formation, blood vessel damage, swelling, headache, pain, tissue granulation, infection, hair loss, hypopigmentation, and atrophy of tissue.
What can someone expect from the results of a cryosurgery procedure?
The results of cryosurgery are immediately noticeable after the treatment. Patients should limit sun exposure and use sunscreen during the healing period to aid results.
What is the average cost of a cryosurgery procedure?
A cryosurgery procedure can cost anywhere from $100 to $500. The actual cost of a cryosurgery is dependent upon location, plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure.
What to Expect
Cryosurgery is a non-surgical skin lesion removal procedure. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a cryosurgery procedure:
- Avoid excessive sun exposure
- Avoid harsh exfoliators and artificial tanning/tanning products
- Topical or local anesthetic is applied
- Liquid nitrogen will be placed on skin lesion with a cotton swab or applicator
Immediately After Treatment
- Redness, stinging, and some swelling of the treated area
Cryosurgery is a simple and effective treatment option for removing numerous skin lesions with liquid nitrogen cryoablation techniques. This treatment modality can be done as a quick outpatient procedure.