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Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a very comprehensive form of skin therapy – it’s a treatment that may be considered for a variety of conditions you may have, including skin cancers.

 

Conditions as varied as pre-cancers (solar or actinic keratosis and Bowen’s disease), warts, seborrhoeic keratosis and some superficial skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma) can be safely and effectively treated with our cryotherapy technique. With our years of experience, you know you’ll be receiving the best treatment possible.

At Skin Institute our motto is safe hands. We provide personalised health care that is of the highest of standard in a safe and caring environment which is something we are very proud of.

Mark Izzard
CCPDMA Surgeon, Facial Plastics, Reconstruction, Skin Cancer
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About

Cryotherapy literally means ‘treatment using low temperature’, and is an excellent technique for dealing with a variety of benign lesions as well as some small scale basal cell carcinoma. Usually utilising liquid nitrogen as the ‘cryogen’ (the freezing substance), the problem lesions will be subject to extreme cold. This destroys the skin tissue and stimulates the immune system – and in combination, these processes will help to clear the lesion and give you some medical peace of mind.

Cryotherapy at Skin Institute involves the following:

  • Freezing skin lesions
  • Extreme cold destroying skin tissue
  • Stimulating the immune system
  • End result should be a cleared lesion
Treatment

While liquid nitrogen is our usual cryogen, other substances may be employed in appropriate circumstances. Your specialist will discuss the best option for you. The cryogen will be applied with a spray-gun for most cases, but sometimes a cotton tip is used.

It will sting when applied, and painful blistering may develop within a few hours – but you will usually find that this will settle by itself and form a scab.

The healing time depends on where on your body the treatment has been performed – approximately 5 days for the face, 2–3 weeks on the trunk and up to 6 weeks on the lower legs.

While rigorously tested and very safe, there are always potentially complications, including scarring, infection or hypopigmentation (whitening) of the area we have treated. In some instances, the lesion may recur – in which case, further treatment will be required, either additional cryotherapy or one of our other treatment options.

Why Skin Institute?

At Skin Institute, we understand that skin cancer can be an intimidating diagnosis to come to terms with. Our multidisciplinary clinics are thoroughly experienced with skin cancer management – and our team of highly-qualified specialists will guide you through from diagnosis to treatment to a healthier tomorrow. You can rely on us to be at your side through the whole process.

Skin Institute is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society, and skin cancer treatments may be covered by medical insurance where criteria apply.


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Book a skin cancer consultation

Book a skin cancer consultation with one of our Doctors. You may be after a full body skin cancer assessment, or a consultation for a specific skin cancer concern. Whatever your need, we have Doctors available to help.