Whether you’ve just booked for a skin lesion to be healed or you’ve just finished your operation, here’s where you’ll find all the help you need before and after your procedure.
If you are considering removing a skin lesion , the following advice might be of interest to you.
Please be informed
It is critical that you be informed about your skin condition and recommended treatment, including the possible benefits and risks involved.
This information is not intended to scare and alarm you; it is merely an attempt to better educate you so that you can give or withhold your consent to the treatment.
Visit the GP
You are advised to see your GP before scheduling a meeting with us to check your lesion. Tell your doctor that you are considering CryoPen removal and ask them ‘Is it possible for me to remove this lesion for cosmetic purposes?’
CryoPen Therapy is relatively low risk and there are typically few side effects and complications. Some side effects can arise as a result of treatment. They may include:
Not unusual when frostling on the forehead, scalp and temples. It can last for 2 hours.
Changes in pigment
Both hypo (lightening of the skin and hyper (darking of the skin) pigmentation. It can last a couple of months or longer.
Damage to the nerve
While uncommon, nerve damage is possible particularly where nerves were near to a surface of the skin (fingers, wrist, behind the ear). Reports say that the signs vanish after a few months.
They can appear in the treatment area, but normally disappear after a few hours.
The Hards of Ice
The CryoPen releases an elevated jet of nitrous oxide. This jet can cause ice fragments to be hurled into the air at a distance of up to 30cm. They can easily thaw and not harm healthy skin.
Hair loss follicles
Hair follicles are easily destroyed by cryosurgery , and permanent alopecia to the treated area is not unusual.
Specific pre-treatment information for warts and warts
It’s a good idea to send a wart or a verrucae a touch of TLC in the days leading up to your appointment!
The medication works better when the skin covering the lesions is smooth and partially open. Follow the steps below to ensure that the procedure works effectively:
• Wash the lesion in a tub of hot soapy water for 20 minutes.
• Gently clean the lesion with the pumice stone or emery board (nail file) until the skin becomes rough.
Please don’t scrub so hard that you hurt the place. If bleeding occurs, discontinue these steps. You don’t attempt to open a wound or cause pain. However, the deeper the nitrous oxide jet will penetrate, the higher the chances of removal after one treatment.
If you are ready to go ahead and book your medication, please contact us to discuss an appropriate appointment date.
INFORMATION POST TREATMENT
If you had surgery to remove a skin lesion , you may want to know what to expect in the days ahead. Although very little aftercare is needed, there are a few items you should be aware of.
Blistering can happen with any cryotherapy treatment and is unrestricted. Cryopen is the most efficient way to prevent blister since we only treat the infected area and not healthy tissue.
If there is a blister, please don’t pop it. It’s going to go down on its own. If it shows up, crying can occur. If so, use Tissue destruction and Germolene product twice a day. Adhesive covering, like plaster, may be used to protect the region to protect it.
Tags of skin
They turn black at the base and drop off for a duration of one to six weeks. Larger 3mm+ skin tags may require a second freeze. If they need to be withdrawn, please contact us after six weeks. If the area becomes tender, use Savlon or Germolene twice a day. A plaster may be used to cover the skin to protect the treated area from becoming irritated by the rubbing of clothes.
It is advised that if they are still present, warts and verrucae should be re-treated 4 weeks after the first injection. There is no aftercare other than when the treated area develops a blister.
Those were superficial keratin-filled epithelial cysts which usually flatten and dissolve very rapidly with cryotherapy. No need to do anything except follow the advice of the blister if one appears
Angiomas of pigmentation and cherry
The treated area can be elevated and look like a bee-sting. Don’t worry, this is perfectly fine. The redness is going to go down in a few hours.
General recommendations on all skin lesions
In the case of both lesions, the region will become darker over the next 24 hours and a crust will form on the surface. Don’t pick it off. When it inevitably falls away, you can see a new, shiny pink skin. This isn’t scary. It will re-pigment over the next several weeks and can take several months.
The histamine in the area that has been handled can make you feel itchy for between ten and sixty minutes, so don’t worry, it’s perfectly natural.
Do not choose the treated area at any time after surgery, or the area would take longer to heal. If the wheel/scab is inadvertently knocked off, it will also take longer to heal, but you can still have the same result of good treatment.
Please use sunblock factor 50 for any pigmentation removal until it has been re-pigmented, which can take up to 8 weeks. You can continue to use make-up, deodorant or perfumes in treated areas, but try to leave as long as you can on the day of treatment. If the tiny crust did not fall off after four weeks, please wait until it did so before calling the clinic. Skin often takes a few weeks and even months to recover.
If the skin being handled is tanned, please note that the healing skin will no longer be tanned. Eventually, it can re-pigment as it matures. Permanent alopecia may occur in a treated area that is normally covered with hair.
Treatments that do not cure after six weeks should be checked by the doctor or dermatologist. Please contact us to tell us if this is going to happen