The Cryo Pen is a technological advancement in the field of cryotherapy that enables the treatment of benign skin lesions such as dermatological diseases, milia, cherry keeps growing, age spots, verrucas, and warts in a rapid and painless manner.
It is the most cutting-edge hand-held treatment technology available, and it offers precise, pen-point accuracy while minimising injury to the surrounding tissue. Because it provides pinpoint chilling, the Cryo Pen makes the therapy almost painless, as well as rapid, effective, and secure. It is a good option for removing skin lesions and blemishes, with treatments typically requiring between 5 and 25 seconds each lesion. This makes it a very time-efficient method.
How does the prescribed medication actually work?
The applicator is moved swiftly towards and away from the skin lesion for a length of time ranging from one to thirty seconds, depending on the size and the depth of the skin lesion. This process is repeated while the applicator is held close to the skin lesion. After the first freezing cycle has been completed, the tissue is allowed to defrost for about a quarter of a minute before the second freezing cycle may begin. The benign skin lesions are eradicated with this freezing method. Nitrous oxide that has been liquefied causes the destruction of the tissue by freezing the intercellular fluid, which results in the formation of ice crystals and shards. These subsequently cause the cell membrane to break, which results in the cell being destroyed.
This therapy may eliminate skin lesions that are 2 millimetres deep in as little as ten seconds and has the ability to penetrate skin to a depth of five millimetres. One treatment is usually sufficient to clear up most minor skin lesions. On the other hand, more than one treatment can be necessary for skin flaws that are deeper or more extensive. In a similar manner, warts and verrucae can call for a few of more intensive treatments.
My family doctor is unable to remove the lesion on my skin.
Many people will have gone to their neighbourhood general practitioner (GP) to request the removal of cosmetic skin issues, only to be told that the NHS does not provide this service anymore and that they will need to go to a private clinic instead. Your primary care physician’s office will no longer provide access to this treatment, and only a select few locations now provide this level of care.
What should I anticipate during my treatment with the Cryo Pen?
Because of the unique needs of each customer, we provide personalised consultations to each of our clients. During the course of the session, you will be expected to explain not just the lesions, but also your past medical history. After that, the practitioner will talk to you about the several treatment choices that are open to you as well as the outcomes that are anticipated. After a consensus has been reached regarding the most appropriate treatment, that treatment can then be carried out. You will be encouraged to get consent from your General Practitioner before moving forward with the treatment if a lesion appears to have worrisome characteristics.
Your healthcare provider will direct the pen’s attention specifically to the lesions while they provide therapy. The duration of the treatment is determined by the size and characteristics of the lesion; nevertheless, in most cases, the treatment of a single lesion takes just a few seconds. During therapy, it is not unusual to see that the lesion’s surface has developed a frost or ice field. The lesion is initially frozen, then allowed to defrost for a brief period of time, and then a second treatment is performed. This method is referred treated as the “freeze-thaw-freeze” strategy. Even though it is ideal to attempt to leave the treated region exposed, a plaster or simple dressing may be given if it is in an area that might lead to friction and further aggravate the condition. The procedure does not call for the use of any anaesthetic.
During this stage of the process, the region will become frozen and white. As soon as this white region begins to thaw, a flushing will take place, and the colour of the area will change to red. When this thawing occurs, a sensation similar to pinching might be felt because a weal is beginning to develop. In most cases, the weal will transform into a blister, which may remain for three to five days until it scabs up. In around two weeks, the crust will flake off. The formation of a new scab and subsequent iteration of the process may take place, depending on the severity of the freeze. Within two to six weeks, the lesion will have totally recovered. As a result of the loss of melanocytes, the affected region will be noticeably paler once the initial phase of healing has been completed. In most cases, lesions will take on a deeper hue (this indicates the presence of dead cells), and when the skin regenerates below it, the lesion may slough or flake away.
After receiving therapy, for how long will the blister remain?
After being frozen, a blister could appear anywhere between two and twenty-four hours later. It may be many days before blisters completely disappear. After a blister has burst, a crust will develop on top of the lesion. Healing can take anywhere from one to six weeks, depending on how deeply the lesion was frozen and how large it was.
Do you feel any pain?
In most cases, it is quite well tolerated, and there is just a slight amount of pain. When the nitrous oxide reaches the base of the lesion, the patient may experience a sensation on their skin that is comparable to that of a stinging nettle, but this feeling immediately goes away. After the treatment is complete, there is occasionally a lingering burning sensation that might remain for several minutes. Following the administration of the medication, the skin lesion may become red and sensitive, and there is also a possibility that blistering and, on occasion, a scab may form. If a deeper freeze is necessary, this can sometimes produce a larger degree of discomfort, which may occur immediately following treatment and for a variable period afterward. If this is the case, the pain might last for a varied amount of time after the treatment as well.
What makes cryosurgery an advantageous choice when compared to alternative approaches to the removal of skin lesions?
Cryosurgery is preferable to other methods of skin lesion removal since it does not involve anaesthesia, results in less scarring than those other methods, and requires very minimum post-operative care.
What might I anticipate following the treatment?
In the days that follow, a scab will typically form, and the lesion can get somewhat redder and more irritated appearing. This will often clear up anywhere from one to six weeks after it has begun, and the affected region will typically return to its original state. However, it is possible for a tiny area of scarring or a change in skin colour to emerge. It is vital to refrain from picking at the scab since doing so might result in scarring.
It is usual for patients to continue to feel some stinging in the treated area for up to an hour after the treatment has been completed. Following this, the affected region will frequently become somewhat crimson, swollen, and painful, and a blister may form. It is possible that the wound will ooze some blood and that a scab will form on it. It is also crucial to refrain from picking at the incision in order to prevent scarring from occurring. The skin lesion will get drier, take on a darker appearance, and then flake off within one to two weeks as the wound heals. It is of the utmost importance to refrain from picking at the region, as this can slow down the healing process. Healing takes typically a little bit longer for wounds that are treated on the legs. In the event that more treatment is required, a follow-up visit will be scheduled, and one will be scheduled.
What are the aftercare instructions for the Cryo Pen treatment?
After receiving treatment, you will be provided with specific aftercare recommendations that you should follow. There is no true downtime; customers typically arrange appointments for this treatment during their lunch breaks so that they may go back to work immediately thereafter.
We do not advocate treating the area with a treatment or plaster unless we have specifically instructed you to do so. In such case, you should follow our instructions. The healing process might take anything from one to six weeks to complete. If you have any worries that the wound may be infected (growing redness or discomfort, yellow flow or puss), then we would urge you to set up a visit with us for a review as soon as possible. In this case, we would ask that you arrange the appointment as soon as possible.
Will there be scarring as a result of this?
Because it produces the least amount of damage to the connective tissue, cryosurgery often results in the smallest amount of scarring as compared to any other method of lesion removal.
How long does the treatment last?
Cryosurgery is a removal method that is considered to be permanent for the majority of lesions. It is far more challenging to eliminate certain lesions than others. In areas with more fragile skin, it may be necessary to use a shorter freezing duration and perform the treatment more more once in order to get the desired end result while causing the least amount of harm to the skin in the surrounding area. In other cases, a deep lesion may require a series of more vigorous treatments in order to get the desired effects. In particular, warts that have not been subjected to any pre-treatment may require more than one freezing.
What kinds of skin irregularities are best treated with a cryotherapy procedure?
Nearly every kind of unsightly growth on the skin, including warts, mole, skin cancers, bullous actinic, keloids scars, age spots, solar lentigo, and cherry angioma, can be removed using this method.
What kinds of lesions must not to have their tissue frozen?
All melanomas and recurring basal cell carcinomas. Melanoma has the potential to spread through a variety of different channels, including the lymphatic system and the blood. Additionally, melanoma will progress to a far more dangerous form if any part of the lesion is left behind unnoticed. This is because the cancer will continue to spread. The spread of basil cell carcinoma normally occurs by local extension, and you could require more extensive surgery if there is a possibility of recurrence.
Anyone who wants to can undergo cryotherapy.
The treatment is not appropriate for women who are pregnant or nursing. Additionally, those who have autoimmune problems or are sensitive to cold are not good candidates for the treatment. Those who have keloid scarring should also avoid using it since it is not appropriate for them. People who have high levels of cryo globulins need to be monitored closely and treated with prudence. Cryosurgery has the potential to destroy the melanocytes around the treated area, resulting in lighter skin in that region. If you have very dark skin, you should consider whether or not you wish to undergo this procedure. If you have darker skin, you will likely be advised to go through several brief cycles of repeated freezing. This only indicates that the removal of your lesion may require more than one treatment, each of which should be spread out by a few weeks from the previous one.