Cryotherapy of warts / skin tags/ Removal of skin tags / moles / skin lesions
Skin tags are very common benign skin growths. Their cause is unknown and they predominantly tend to occur from middle age onwards. They are a common occurrence for many individuals, and while they are not generally a source of pain, discomfort or illness, they can affect a persons confidence and self esteem.
As we grow older, skin tags can tend to form along the neckline, under the arms, beneath the breasts, on the back and on and above the eyelids. Factors that can increase the chances of their development include pregnancy, diabetes, hereditary reasons, or obesity.
Skin Tag Removal
Reasons for removing skin tags are generally for cosmetic purposes, however common reason for removal are when the skin tag is located in an area that can become irritated.
Cryotherapy (also known as cryosurgery) is used for removal of Skin tags, destroying skin tissue by using liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin cells until they die. The liquid nitrogen is applied to the area of skin for a few seconds, depending on the location and diameter of the lesion and the depth of the freeze recommended.
The treatment lasts for less than a minute; and apart from a slight stinging sensation is pain free.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects of this treatment are rare, but can include some tenderness at the treatment site. The treated area will be flatter and smoother, but will still not look like normal surrounding skin – i.e., it may be a different colour and look similar to a small scar in appearance. Usually the treated area does not require any special attention during the healing phase, but should be kept clean. Avoid picking at any scabs that form as they will fall off after a while.
Who can have treatment?
People with cold-related conditions or Reynaud’s Disease should not be treated. Patients with heavily pigmented skin should be treated with caution since they are more likely to heal with hyper or hypo pigmented scars.
Immediately following treatment, apart from slight discomfort, it will look as if nothing has happened to the skin. Gradually over the next few days, swelling, reddening and sometimes blistering will occur. Blistering may occur within 24hours. Keep the treated area dry, if possible, for up to one week. It does not need any dressing unless blistering occurs. If a blister occurs it may be drained with a sterile needle; and a simple, clean, dry, non-sticky dressing applied. Following this stage, healing will occur. This is usually remarkably pain free and leaves only a very slight scar or none at all. After healing continued care through use of a sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30, is recommended. In darker skins, there is usually an area of de-pigmentation following treatment. This normally recovers over the following year.
How many treatments are required?
More than one treatment may be required. Treatments may be safely repeated, after a minimum 2 week interval, if necessary. In order to prevent scarring it is always better to under treat, for resistant lesions multiple short freezes may be used to produce greater cell destruction on subsequent treatments.
Cryotherapy is a cheap, quick and safe method for removing warts and skin tags. All treatments are done by our nurse or Doctor as this is a medical treatment and without expert care can cause problems.
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