Please find below information relating to the most frequently asked questions around Cryotherapy treatments. We understand the importance of transparency and ensuring that you, our valued clients, are fully informed and able to make the best decision you can. If you would like further information that can not be found below please feel free to contact us.
WHAT IS CRYOTHERAPY?
Cryotherapy is an innovation in the fast, effective and safe removal of various skin imperfections. It works by emitting a fine jet of N2O under high pressure, with millimetre precision. This destroys the targeted tissue by freezing the inter-cellular fluid, forming ice shards and crystals, which in turn rupture the membrane and destroy the cell. The precise and accurate nature of the treatment also means there is no damage to any surrounding healthy tissue.
Cryotherapy is an effective treatment for:
- Skin Tags
- Age Spots/Liver Spots
- Cherry Angioma
The skin concerns Cryotherapy is able to treat are now considered cosmetic procedures, and so are no longer treated on the NHS. Cryotherapy allows easy access for patients to have these procedures carried out quickly, safely and effectively at an affordable price.
HOW LONG DOES CRYOTHERAPY TAKE?
The duration of the treatment will vary depending on the surface area and thickness of the tissue being treated. This said, Cryotherapy typically takes no longer than 30 seconds to perform, making it one of the most desirable methods to remove skin imperfections.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?
Typically there is very little downtime with Cryotherpy – although it is largely dependent on the size of the area that has been treated, and its location.
Most clients experience some mild irritation and/or redness to the area for a few minutes immediately after the procedure, which is perfectly normal. Mild blistering can also occur (dependant on the concern being treated) for a few days following the procedure, but this tends to be indiscriminate and shouldn’t last more than a few days.
More precise healing times will be discussed during the consultation.
IS IT PAINFUL?
The sensation experienced during Cryotherapy is best described as being similar to that of a nettle sting. There may be a few seconds of residual stinging after the treatment, but it is generally only felt during the actual application (between 1 and 30 seconds).
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Typically skin tags, age spots, milia and cherry angiomas can be treated in one session (two sessions may be needed if large in size). Warts and verrucae tend to need two sessions to ensure full success in removing it/them.
WHAT ARE THE PRE AND POST CARE PROCEDURES?
Expectations following treatment:
Treatment is usually painless, or with slight discomfort. Immediately following the treatment you may get any of the following which will be explained to you during the consultation process.
- Redness due to the initial inflammation, this is normal and is part of the healing process. The area may also be slightly raised
- You may get a small dry scab, do not pick or pull the scab. Allow it to come away by itself
- Itching may occur, usually within a few minutes of treatment. This can last up to 1?2 an hour and is due to the release of histamine. It is totally normal in treatments of this kind
- Blistering may occur after treatment of any type of lesion. Any blisters that do form may last just a few hours or a few days dependent on the location that has been treated. Any blistering will not affect the outcome of the treatment. If blistering does occur, it is regarded as a normal occurrence – do not pop the blister; it will go down on its own. Should it burst, use a non-alcoholic wipe to clean the area, and apply a smear of antiseptic cream. It may also be covered with a dressing/plaster.
Following a Cryotherapy treatment it is advised not to:
- Scratch or pick the treated area. This will cause the area to take longer to heal and may cause damage to the skin
- Use scrubs on the area, as this will damage the surface of the skin
General healing expectations:
- Most healing is straightforward and will take place in the 4 to 6 weeks following treatment, however it can sometimes take longer than this as all skin varies
- Any treatments that take longer than 6 weeks to heal may need to be reviewed by your GP or clinic nurse
- If your immune system is compromised, you may still have treatment, BUT healing may take longer, and you may require further treatment
- If the area treated is tanned, the treatment will remove the tanning and the skin will need to repigment to the tanned colour. The small dry crusting that forms should come away after 4 weeks, if not please wait until it has done so before contacting us
- During the healing time you may shower/wash as normal and use your usual cosmetics, including makeup, deodorants and moisturising creams
- These will turn darker from the base and will dry up and fall off as the skin heals beneath them over 1 to 6 weeks
- Larger tags may need a second treatment
- If the tag becomes sore or rubs against clothing it may be covered with a dressing or plaster
- These are generally small superficial cysts filled with keratin that will usually flatten and vanish with a single treatment and require no aftercare
Follow the advice for blisters should one form
- The area will often become red and raised, but will go down after a few hours. The pigment will then become darker and a dry crust will form.
When the crust falls away the new skin beneath will be pink and shiny. It is important at this stage that you use sun block minimum factor 50 to prevent the pigmentation returning
Cherry Angioma/Campbell de Morgan;
- The area will often become red and raised, but will go down after a few hours.
- The lesion will shrink away and slowly vanish over 2 to 4 weeks
Warts and verrucae;
- As these are viral infections they may need more than one treatment to destroy the infected cells
- The second treatment can be completed 4 weeks after the first
- If you see black spots in the wart or verruca then it is dying away and should disappear over the following weeks
- There is no specific aftercare
- Follow the advice for blisters should one form
It is important that you use sun block (factor 50) following treatment of any pigmented lesions to prevent them re-pigmenting. Ask your clinic about Cryobloc SPF 50.
You may continue to wash, bathe and shower as normal. Pat the area dry afterwards, do not rub dry.
You may continue to use cosmetics and deodorants and perfume as normal.
If the treated area is weeping 2 weeks after treatment, contact the clinic for advice.
WHO IS NOT SUITABLE FOR THE PROCEDURE?
Clients with any of the following conditions are unfortunately unsuitable for Cryotherapy:
- Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
- Dermal fillers in the affected area
- Raynaud’s Phenomenon
- Immuno Supression
- Multiple Myeloma
- Pyoderma Gangrenosum
- Platelet Deficiency Disease
- Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus Type III (HTLV III)
- Lymphadenopathy Associated Virus (LAV)
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS?
Cryotherapy is a low-risk procedure. However, with any procedure (no matter how low the chances are), there are still possible side effects and these will be fully discussed during your consultation. These can include:
- Changes in melanin appearance and production. This can mean the Age Spot returns to its pre-treatment state within a few months
- Effected nerve endings – normal sensitivity should return within a few months.
- Micro frost bite – this is expected to heal within the same timeframe as the treatment area.
- Damaged hair follicles.
WHAT ARE YOUR CANCELLATION OR MISSED APPOINTMENT POLICIES?
Clients are able to cancel or reschedule appointments at anytime, with a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to the appointment time, otherwise a fee will be charged. To book a consultation, a fee of £40 will be taken over the phone, and this cost will then be deducted from the cost of the treatment, should you wish to go ahead. This fee is non-refundable, however you are still able to change the date/time of your appointment provided 48 hours notice is given. Cancellations or changes to your appointment can be made by phone, email or the ‘contact us’ page on the website.