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What is cryosurgery?

The dermatologist uses super cold liquid nitrogen to remove skin growths, fade age spots, and treat early-stage skin cancers. Dermatologist will apply the frozen nitrogen with a cotton swab or a spray. The idea is to quickly freeze the skin and then let it thaw slowly to destroy targeted skin cells. Sometimes, more than one treatment is needed.


What can I expect after Cryosurgery?

After the procedure, you can anticipate redness, swelling, and the development of a blister at the treated area. To manage any discomfort, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers. You’ll be instructed to wash the site every day as fluid oozes from the wound, typically for five to 14 days until a dry crust forms. The crust will eventually come off on its own. For procedures on the head and neck, healing usually takes two to six weeks, while it might take longer for other parts of the body.

FAQ About Cryosurgery

Is cryosurgery suitable for all types of skin cancer?

Cryosurgery is often effective for treating early-stage basal and squamous cell carcinomas, as well as non-cancerous skin growths.
Does cryosurgery for skin cancer hurt?

Does cryosurgery for skin cancer hurt?

The procedure is generally well-tolerated. While there might be some discomfort, local anesthesia is often used to minimize pain during cryosurgery.

What can I expect during the recovery period after cryosurgery for skin cancer?

Post-cryosurgery, you can expect redness, swelling, and the formation of a blister. Daily washing of the site is recommended until a dry crust forms, usually within five to 14 days.

Are there any side effects or risks associated with cryosurgery for skin cancer treatment?

While rare, potential side effects include scarring, changes in skin pigmentation, and infection. Your dermatologist will discuss these risks with you before the procedure.

How many cryosurgery sessions are typically needed for skin cancer treatment?

The number of sessions depends on the type and extent of skin cancer. Your dermatologist will determine the treatment plan based on your specific case.

How long does it take to see results after cryosurgery for skin cancer?

The healing time varies, but you may notice changes, such as the formation of a crust, within a few days to weeks. Complete healing and resolution of any side effects may take several weeks. Your dermatologist will provide guidance on the expected timeline based on your specific case.

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