Cryotherapy is the process of destroying skin lesions – both pre-cancerous and benign – by freezing them with liquid nitrogen.
Cryotherapy Treatment Toronto
What is Cryotherapy?
Used to treat Actinic Keratoses (AK), Seborrheic Keratoses (SK), warts, skin tags, moles, and other benign growths, cryotherapy is a proven, fast and effective way to eliminate imperfections.
At FACET Dermatology in Toronto, proper diagnosis and treatment of lesions is always performed by our team of highly skilled medical experts with extensive training and experience.
How Cryotherapy Works
Cryotherapy is a quick, in-office procedure that uses extreme cold temperatures to rapidly destroy unwanted tissue. Liquid nitrogen is sprayed directly onto targeted lesions, freezing them and causing them to slough off while leaving the surrounding area unaffected to minimize the risk of scarring. The treatment works by damaging abnormal skin cells and increasing the body’s immune response in the frozen areas.
Is Cryotherapy safe?
When performed by an experienced provider, cryotherapy is extremely safe and complications are rare. Treatment protocols are quick, and normally well tolerated. As the liquid nitrogen is applied, you may feel a momentary intense cold (comparable to holding an ice cube against your skin), which should only last a few seconds. Once the area numbs, you should not experience any further discomfort.
Does Cryotherapy help relieve chronic pain?
The form of cryotherapy used at FACET Dermatology is not the same one that's used by athletes like Lebron James or Floyd Mayweather to enhance performance. That's whole body cryotherapy, which is said to relieve chronic pain and muscle soreness, as well as discomfort caused by inflammation, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis. The technology used for whole body treatment is not a medical device. While it may provide an endorphin release and boost the energy level of the person experiencing it, this type of cryotherapy can't heal any illness or disease. In fact, it may actually be dangerous. Health Canada has declared cryotherapy a health risk; full body exposure to these extreme cold temperatures can cause damage
The form of cryotherapy we use is designed to remove unwanted lesions from the skin's surface, improving the appearance and health of the complexion.
Which areas can be treated?
This lesion-eradicating procedure can be used across the body, though it is most effective on areas of the skin that do not grow hair.
Benefits of Cryotherapy
+ Quick & easy treatments
+ No surgery required
+ Safe & effective
+ Permanent results
+ No downtime
+ Oxygen rich blood flows
+ Blood circulation improvement
Frequently asked questions about Cryotherapy
There is very little downtime associated with cryotherapy, though you may experience some pain and throbbing following your treatment. In the first 72 hours, it is normal for the treated areas to become red, swollen, and/or or blistered at the site of the freezing. As the healing process continues, a scab or crust may form, which will gradually fall off and heal fully over a period of one to four weeks.
The treated area may appear red as the skin heals post-treatment. As the treatment site heals, you may wash as normal, though you should avoid scrubbing, and gently pat dry. No bandages are required, but you can apply antibiotic ointment or Vaseline one to two times per day to promote healing.
Healing should be complete several weeks following treatment, at which point healthy new skin will replace the original lesion.
Cryotherapy is an effective solution for men and women seeking to permanently eliminate troubling lesions. Patients seeking cryotherapy should first consult an experienced dermatologist.
One cryotherapy treatment is often enough to permanently remove unwanted lesions, but some lesions may need to be treated more than once. Please contact us to arrange for follow-up if you require further treatment.