Cryosurgery has emerged as one of the most effective ways of removing skin growths. This simple procedure involves the use of liquid nitrogen and can effectively give you the clear skin you want without surgery. Here at Sagebrush Dermatology, we offer this treatment for the removal of warts, keloids, and other skin lesions.
What Is Cryosurgery?
Though often referred to as “surgery,” cryosurgery doesn’t involve the use of a scalpel. Instead, this treatment relies on the use of liquid nitrogen to remove skin growths. This procedure can be performed on benign growths like warts and skin tags and even precancerous growths like actinic keratoses.
How Does Cryosurgery Work?
The aim of cryosurgery is to destroy cells using extreme cold. In the case of liquid nitrogen, the targeted area is chilled to a temperature between -346 and -320°F. This snap freezes skin cells and bursts them as they thaw. The liquid nitrogen is dispensed from a special canister to ensure consistent cold delivery to the area and depth the doctor desires.
After the cryosurgery, the treated area is likely to swell and blister. It is important not to break the blister. Some clear drainage may occur as well. Afterward, your skin will heal in about 7-10 days. In most cases, areas treated with liquid nitrogen don’t scar, but they may lose their color or pigment.
What Are the Benefits?
Cryosurgery is not an invasive procedure. Treatments take little time to perform, and there is rarely any scarring after the treated area heals. No special wound care is required and there are no physical restrictions after treatment. In most cases, patients find these treatments tolerable and less anxiety-inducing than invasive surgical procedures.
Cryosurgery for Skin Lesions in Mesa, Arizona
Do you have warts or skin tags that you’d like to see gone? If so, our team at Sagebrush Dermatology has your solution. We rely on liquid nitrogen treatments to eliminate skin lesions and growths, giving you the skin you’ve always wanted. Connect with us today by filling out the form below or calling 480-681-DERM (3376).