Cryotherapy is the use of extremely cold substances to destroy skin lesions or diseased tissue. Cosmetically it is used to remove warts, verrucae, sun spots and skin tags.
What’s involved in cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is a very quick and effective method of dealing with skin lesions, and the treatment takes just a few minutes. Often a local anaesthetic will be applied to the area, and then the cryotherapy treatment is either sprayed on to the lesion or applied in a tightly targeted manner with a disposable applicator or specialised device. The treatment may be applied in cycles of very short application periods alternated with 2 minute breaks. You may feel a burning sensation during cryotherapy but this will begin to subside after treatment.
Many lesions will be successfully treated in one session, but some deep rooted verrucae or warts may need further sessions.
How long will it take me to recover from cryotherapy?
You may be in a little pain for a few days after treatment and the treated area may blister, but this will resolve within a few days, although the skin may remain red for a little longer. The skin should heal completely within a week or two.
What are the risks of cryotherapy?
There is a minimal risk of infection and scarring, but this rarely occurs.
How much will cryotherapy cost?
Cryotherapy is often available on the NHS. If you decide to pay privately, prices for cryotherapy treatment range from £30 to £320, while the average fee is around £65 to £170.