After the procedure

Cryotherapy Aftercare

Cryotherapy is a treatment that uses Liquid Nitrogen to remove precancers, skin tags, warts, seborrheic keratosis and skin growths by freezing them. Sometimes it can take multiple treatments before it clears.

Here’s some guidance for after your cryotherapy treatment.

What to expect from CRYOPEN treatments?

The histamine in the area treated will create and ITCHY sensation for about 10 minutes, do not worry. This is completely normal.
The area treated will look INFLAMED and can also be red.
BLISTERING can happen with any cryotherapy treatment and is indiscriminate. You will have signed the consent form to show that you are aware of this. The blister may last anything from a few hours to a few days depending on the area to be treated.

If a Blister does appear:

Leave it alone DO NOT POP it. It will go down on its own. If it pops, weeping may occur, you can use NON ALCOHOLIC baby wipes to remove any debris from the area affected should the blister burst. It is also ADVISABLE to use a smear of SAVLON, SUDOCREAM or GERMOLENE CREAM TWICE A DAY. An adhesive dressing such as PLASTER can be used to cover the area. You can also use the said products if the area is tender.

What should you NOT DO following a Cryopen Treatment?

Do not pick the treated area at any time after treatment, your treatment will take longer to heal. If a wheal/scab is knocked off accidentally, it will also take LONGER TO HEAL, but you should still have the same outcome of a successful treatment.

What you should expect from your lesion during healing process:

Skin Tags: These will turn black at the base and drop off over a period of 1 to 6 weeks. Larger skin tags (3mm+) needs a 2nd freeze. If the area does become tender please use the said products twice a day and a plaster to cover the area.

Warts/Verrucae: May need more than 1 treatment. It is recommended if they remain, that warts and verrucas may be re-treated after 4 weeks following your 1st treatment. There is no specific aftercare apart from if the wart or verruca blisters as described above.

Milia: As these are superficial keratin filled cysts, these will normally flatten and disappear with Cryotherapy. There is no need to do anything other than follow the advice for blisters if one appears.

Pigmentation/ Cherry Angiomas: The treated area may become raised, slightly inflamed and look like a bee sting. This is perfectly normal. It will go down in a few hours. Over the next 24 hours the area will go darker and create a small crust on the surface, DO NOT PICK it off. When it naturally falls off, you will see new skin (Shiny pink) this is NOT SCARRING. It will re-pigment over the following weeks.

General Healing Expectations

If the small crust has not fallen off after 4 weeks, please wait until it has done. Before contacting the clinic. Skin sometimes takes longer to re-generate.

If the skin being treated is tanned, please remember it will remove the tan and re-pigment to the original skin colour.
Any treatments that DO NOT HEAL AFTER 6 weeks should be reviewed by your GP or Dermatologist.

If your immune system is in any way compromised, this may affect healing of possibly mean that the area treated may need further treatment. This may be as a result of a condition that you are not actually aware of or that has been formally medically diagnosed.

How to look after your treated area

Please USE SUNBLOCK UVA and UVB (Minimum Factor 50 SPF) on any pigmentation removal until it has re-pigmented, this may take up to 8 weeks. DO NOT PICK the area.
You can continue to use make up, deodorants or perfumes on treated areas, but try and leave for as long as you can on the day of treatment.

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