For warts and skin tags
About Cryotherapy / Freezing
This is the destruction of skin tissue by using liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin cells until they die.
The freezing treatment normally involves 5-10 seconds of the liquid spray is applied with a break of 1-2 minutes between treatment cycles. The duration and number of treatment cycles depend on the skin type and the nature of the problem.
There is a slight burning sensation during the procedure but this stops once the treatment has ended. It is quite usual for the skin to blister afterwards for a few days then go red. Most of the wounds would have healed in under a week.
Cryotherapy is a cheap, quick and safe method for:
Medical grade cryotherapy should done by our doctors as this is a medical treatment and without expert care can cause problems.
We now offer laser treatment as our preferred option for warts and skin tags. We often use a microcautery device for fast and effective treatment of these minor blemishes.
Where laser is insufficient or unsuitable, our team is fully trained in microsurgery techniques which give an excellent result in removing troublesome skin lesions with minimal discomfort and scarring.
These treatments are available at all our London and Bristol clinics.
Removed skin tags or warts
|Wart removal treatment||Cost|
|Wart treatment with laser or surgery or combination of both||from £345 per session|
|Verruca treatment||from £345 per session|
|Genital wart removal (vaginal, penile or anal lesions)||from £500 per session|
The cost of consultation with our doctors is £75. This is redeemable against the cost of treatment carried out on the same day.
Prices are a guide to the costs and the exact price can only be determined once the doctor has examined you in person.
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Cryotherapy FAQ: Questions & Answers
How does cryotherapy treatment work?
Cryotherapy is also known as freezing treatment. The doctor or surgeon uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin cells using very cold temperatures. This kills the skin cells in the area. After a few days, the blemish will shrivel up before eventually falling off.
How long does cryotherapy treatment take?
The freezing treatment normally involves 5-10 seconds of the liquid spray, applied with a break of 1-2 minutes between treatment cycles. Your appointment will normally be around half an hour, to include time for consultation and aftercare advice.
How many sessions of cryotherapy will I need?
The duration and number of treatment cycles depend on the skin type and the nature of the problem. Cryotherapy can take a few sessions to fully eliminate the problem and for this reason, we may recommend alternative treatment methods for a more efficient approach.
What is the advantage of cryotherapy?
For removal of small skin tags or warts, cryotherapy or freezing treatment is a quick low priced option.
What are the alternatives to cryotherapy?
For removal of larger skin tags or warts, or those that are stubborn or well-established, we may recommend laser and/or surgery for best results.
Does cryotherapy treatment leave a scar?
After intense freezing treatment, it is most likely that there will be some form of scarring. However, after redness has faded, this is rarely noticeable. It tends to be quite smooth.
Scarring from cryotherapy is usually less than you may experience from other forms of treatment and definitely less obvious than the skin lesion.
Your doctor/surgeon will explain fully what to expect after assessment of your blemish.
What does cryotherapy feel like – does it hurt?
There is a burning sensation during the procedure but this is very brief, lasting only a few seconds. The sensation stops once the treatment has ended.
What will happen to my skin after cryotherapy treatment?
Your skin is likely to swell and go red for a few days where it was treated.
Most patients develop a blister afterwards. This usually settles after a few days and then forms a scab or a crust that will harden for a 1-2 weeks before dropping off.
Will I need to take painkillers after cryotherapy?
It doesn’t tend to hurt too much after the treatment itself, but you may feel sore or uncomfortable for an hour or two.
It is fine to take painkillers (such as paracetamol) if you need to. Any discomfort normally passes relatively quickly.
Cryotherapy aftercare guidelines
You will be given full information in your consultation, so that you know what to expect prior to treatment. Follow the doctor/surgeon’s advice – this is likely to include:
- You may be advised to cover the wound with a plaster or dressing, but this isn’t always necessary
- Wash with mild soap and cool water for a few days to avoid irritating the wound
- Once initial healing has taken place, you can apply an ointment to keep the wound moisturised and reduce the risk or appearance of scarring (Vaseline, Bio Oil or silicon scar gel)
- It’s OK to shower and bathe, but avoid excessive submersion for the first week