Should I Undergo Cryosurgery?
Cryosurgery is a non-invasive procedure that can be used to treat many different types of skin growths. In this blog, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Darel Pruett at Pruett Dermatology in Islamorada and Key West, Florida, provides information to help you determine if you should undergo cryosurgery:
What is cryosurgery?
This type of surgery utilizes liquid nitrogen, which is extremely cold, to destroy abnormal tissues such as tumors or skin growths. The liquid nitrogen remains at a temperature of about 300 degrees below zero and is safe and effective in treating these types of skin issues.
What is cryosurgery used for?
Cryosurgery can be used to treat skin problems such as the following:
- Skin growths
- Age spots
- Early stage basal cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer)
- Early stage squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer)
- Raised scars
- Skin tags
What happens during the procedure?
If cryosurgery is determined to be a good treatment for your needs, your doctor will thoroughly explain the procedure and give you the chance to ask any questions.
Cryosurgery is performed as an in-office procedure, and it causes very little discomfort. Your doctor may suggest that you take pain medication before the procedure to alleviate any discomfort.
He or she will use either a cotton-tip applicator or a spray to apply liquid nitrogen to the area that’s being treated. It will freeze and destroy the abnormal cells, and the procedure can be repeated if necessary. Afterward, an antibiotic dressing is often applied by your doctor to help the skin heal without infection.
Who makes a good candidate for cryosurgery?
This type of surgery is tolerated well by most patients. It’s often a recommended treatment for harmless growths that are removed for aesthetic or comfort reasons as well as some types of cancer.
What are the benefits of cryosurgery?
Cryosurgery provides the following benefits:
- Is non-invasive
- Effective for a broad range of skin problems
- Can be performed in-office during a short visit
- Preserves healthy skin tissues
- Causes only minimal discomfort
- Usually no special aftercare required other than washing the site with mild soap
- Extremely low risk of infection
If you’d like to find out more, contact Pruett Dermatology in Islamorada and Key West, Florida. Dr. Pruett has over two decades of clinical experience and is dedicated to providing personalized care for each patient as well as offering the most effective treatments for your skin care needs.