ONE AREA £28.00
5 AREAS £115.00
(Consultation Required before treatment)
An advanced freezing innovation that is a fast, effective, safe, and new solution for removal of skin imperfections. Procedures typically last from 5 to 30 seconds, so you can be in and out of the clinic quickly.
Emitting a fine jet of super cold gas under high pressure, we work to millimetre precision. The device destroys the tissue by freezing the inter-cellular fluid, forming ice shards and crystals which rupture the membrane, thereby destroying the cell. That means there will be no collateral damage to healthy tissue. It is so incredibly accurate and practical.
Cryotherapy has been used in medicine for many years and offers the most successful, safe, reliable and effective treatment for many clients with less likelihood of scarring or recurrence than some other treatment methods. The procedure can be carried out after an initial consultation and only takes a few minutes. Often more than one treatment is needed to eliminate a skin lesion.
Cryotherapy is a medical procedure which involves the application of nitrous oxide gas under high pressure to the skin where the unwanted lesions are frozen and destroyed. The tip of the Cryotherapy pen may reach as low as -89oC although the aim is to create a thermal shock to the tissue which involves a rapid drop of temperature. This has the effect of crystallising the contents of the body cells leading to destruction of the skin lesion. The duration of the treatment is dependent on the size and nature of the lesion, but generally each lesion just takes a matter of seconds. It is usual to see a frost or icefield appear on the top of the lesion during treatment. A ‘freeze-thaw-freeze’ approach is often used when the lesion is frozen, allowed to defrost for a few seconds and then a second treatment applied.
A follow up visit is recommended after 2-4 weeks to assess response to treatment and further application if required. Over the following days, a scab will often form, and the lesion may become a little red and angry looking. This will usually resolve over 1-4 weeks and the area remaining will often return to normal, although it is possible to develop a small area of scarring or change in skin colour. Lesions treated on the legs often take a little more time to heal. It is important not to pick at the scab as this may lead to scarring.
The safety of cryotherapy has long been established and the risk of complications is lower than many other treatments.
No anaesthetic is required for cryotherapy, and it is usually very well tolerated with only minimal discomfort. During the procedure, mild discomfort may be experienced that is like the pressure with a ball point pen on the skin although pain can be more intense as more freezing is applied. There is sometimes some residual stinging after treatment which may last for several minutes. Following the treatment, the skin lesion will become red and sore, there may be some blistering and occasionally a scab may form.
- In the days leading up to your appointment, it is a good idea to give a wart or verrucae a bit of TLC!
- The treatment works best when the skin covering these lesions is soft and slightly opened. Follow the steps below to allow the treatment to work effectively:
- Soak the lesion in a bowl of warm, soapy water for 20 minutes
- With a pumice stone or emery board (nail file), gently scrub the lesion until the skin becomes rough.
- Please do not scrub so hard that you make the area sore. Discontinue these steps if bleeding occurs. You are not trying to open a wound or cause discomfort. However, the more deeply the jet of nitrous oxide can penetrate, the better the chances of removal after one treatment are.
POST TREATMENT ADVICE
Blisters: Blistering can happen with any cryotherapy treatment and is indiscriminate. The Cryopen is the most effective way of avoiding blisters as we are only treating the affected area and not healthy tissue. If a blister does appear, please don’t pop it. It will go down on its own. If it pops, weeping may occur. If so, use a smear of Savlon or Germolene cream twice a day. An adhesive dressing such as a plaster can be used to cover the area to protect it.
Skin Tags: These turn black at the base and drop off over a period of one to six weeks. Larger skin tags of 3mm+ may need a second freeze. Please contact us after six weeks if they need to be retreated. If the area does become tender, you can use use Savlon or Germolene twice a day. A plaster can be used to cover the area to stop the treated area being irritated by clothing rubbing on it.
Warts and Verrucae: It is recommended if they are still there, warts and verrucae should be re-treated 4 weeks after your first treatment. There is no aftercare apart from if the treated area develops a blister.
Milia: These are superficial keratin filled epidermal cysts and normally flatten and disappear with Cryotherapy quite quickly. There is no need to do anything other than follow the blister advice if one appears
Pigmentation and cherry Angiomas: The treated area may raise and look like a bee-sting. Do not worry this is perfectly normal. The redness will subside in a few hours.
General advice for all skin lesions
in the case of all lesions, over the next 24 hours the area will go darker and develop a crust on the surface. Do not pick this off. When it naturally falls away you will see new skin which is a shiny pink colour. This is not scarring. It will re pigment over the following weeks and could take several months.
- The histamine in the area which was treated will create an itchy sensation for between ten and sixty minutes, do not worry this is perfectly normal.
- Do not pick the treated area at any time after treatment otherwise the area will take longer to heal. If a wheel/scab is knocked off accidentally it will also take longer to heal, but you should still have the same outcome of a successful treatment.
- Please use a sunblock factor 50 on any pigmentation removal until it has re-pigmented, this may take up to eight weeks.
- You can continue to use make up, deodorant or perfumes on treated areas but try and leave for as long as you can on the day of treatment.
- If the small crust has not fallen off after four weeks, please wait until it has done so before contacting the clinic. Skin sometimes takes several weeks and even months to regenerate.
- If the skin being treated is tanned, please remember the healing skin will no longer be tanned. It will eventually re-pigment as it matures.
- Permanent alopecia can occur in a treated area which is usually covered with hair.
Treatments that do not heal after six weeks should be reviewed by your doctor or dermatologist. Please contact us to tell us if this happens
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