Cryosurgery procedure

Cryosurgery is a dermatology procedure we use for the removal of certain skin growths by freezing. Moreover, it is a very effective intervention and it destructs the skin lesion while producing only minimal scars. Consequently, it provides excellent cosmetic skin improvements.

Very long history

Interventions which include cold and freezing have a very long history, because of the general positive effects cold has on the tissue. Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory and pain-killing effects. However, cold and freezing were previously used in a more generalized manner. Nowadays we can use it locally, with focus on a specific tissue. It is minimally invasive and has excellent results for certain problems. Cryosurgery practice is widely spread nowadays, sometimes even for treating serious conditions, such as skin cancer.

Cryosurgery has several phases, which all lead to the same result –destruction of lesions. It uses liquid nitrogen, whose temperature is extremely low. Next, we apply it to the skin either by spray or by a device called cryoprobe.

Thaw process

When the cold substance comes in contact with the skin, cells freeze, and during their thaw process they get injured. Therefore, the temperature of substance we apply depends on the condition and type of the skin issue, as well as the speed of the thaw process. After this injury and cell death, follows the inflammation of the surrounding area. It helps in the removal of some of the surrounding cells.

We commonly use Cryosurgery interventions in dermatology for conditions such as:

  • Skin tags
  • Moles
  • Warts
  • Solar keratosis
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Small skin cancers

Since it is a low risk intervention, both patients and dermatologists often prefer it . Specifically, it is quick and non-invasive while leaving almost no traces. But when it comes to malignant lesions, we need to do a thorough analysis and determine if cryosurgery is the best and safest treatment.

Usually, cryotheraphy is the first choice of treatment for warts, moles, solar and actinic keratosis etc. As for other conditions, such as skin cancer, it might not always be the best solution. Although it can give excellent results in certain cancer types, such as some superficial skin cancers.

Side effects

Side effects of this treatment are usually very mild and can include some swelling, minimal scarring, forming of blisters… But, sometimes if patient has cold allergy, some more serious problems may appear. Sometimes skin discoloration may occur. However, in most of the cases it will fade away in some time.

If you are having skin problems which you think we can solve by using cryotherapy, we suggest you to make an appointment. Consult our experienced Dubai dermatologist who will help you find the best solution for your skin issue.

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