Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy, when used in dermatology, refers to the use of liquid nitrogen to destroy skin cells by freezing. It’s used to treat many benign and malignant skin lesions, including viral warts, acrochordons (also known as skin tags), seborrhoeic keratoses, actinic keratoses and lentigines

You may experience a cold sensation or discomfort both during and straight after treatment. Immediately afterwards, the area may look red and swollen. Over the subsequent hours to days, blisters and scabs may form which usually heal within 1-2 weeks. 

Risks include permanent discoloration of the skin including hypopigmentation or whitening, and recurrence of the skin lesion.

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Dr-Julia-Rhodes

Spotlight on Skin was created by award-winning Melbourne-based dermatologist, Dr Julia Rhodes.

Julia knows first-hand how overwhelming the skincare world can be, and that’s with over 10 years of experience practicing dermatology. Given that even she gets overwhelmed, she appreciates how hard it can be for those of you without a scientific background to make sense of all the information available, and choose products that are right for your skin…