Cryotherapy

We are pleased to offer Cryotherapy for the removal of unwanted tissue:

 

Firstly, Cryotherapy is a fast, effective and safe procedure that uses extreme cold (nitrogen dioxide) to destroy unwanted tissue. It is commonly used to treat skin lesions which are skin growths or patches that don’t look like the skin around them. These lesions can be:

· Benign (not cancerous)

· Actinic keratosis. These are precancerous skin cancers that look like scaly patches on your skin

· Warts

· Verrucae

· Sun damage or age spots

· Skin tags

Cryotherapy is not only quick, safe and effective but it accurately targets only the unwanted tissue, leaving the surrounding skin unaffected and reducing the scarring as much as possible.

How should I prepare for a Cryotherapy treatment?

As the client, you will have no need to prepare for the procedure. However, you may need to remove make up, lotion or powder from the tissue area before the procedure can be completed.

Your Cryotherapy practitioner will discuss the procedure with you in a pre-treatment consultation. Please also refer to the list of contra-indications listed below. If you are in doubt about the diagnosis of the skin tissue in the treatment area, it is advisable to discuss this directly with your GP and gain their written consent prior to booking your treatment.

What will the treatment feel like?

The treatment will initially, for a few seconds, feel cold. The procedure takes only a short time and once completed, you may feel a slight burning sensation for a few seconds. This quickly wears off and is a natural and initial reaction to the treatment.

How long does the procedure take?

Dependent on the number of lesions and size of affected tissue, the procedure, per lesion, can take as little as 2 to 5 minutes. However, where numerous areas are to be treated, the overall amount of time required can be up to 30 minutes.

Are there any contra-indications?

Yes. Clients suffering the following should not book any Cryotherapy sessions without, firstly, discussing their GP and getting their signed consent:

· Unstable diabetes

· Skin tumours, exanthema (skin rash caused by toxins, drugs, or microorganisms, or from autoimmune disease)

· Open wounds

· Solar hyperkeratosis

· Unexplained/suspicious liver spots and moles

· Cancer tissue or malignant tumours

Contra-indications related to ‘temporary’ conditions are:

· Infections accompanied by fever

· Acute chemotherapy or radiotherapy (from 4 weeks before beginning the therapy to 4 weeks after finishing the therapy)

· Pregnancy or breastfeeding

· Cold intolerance

· Vascular insufficiency

· Anti-histamine medication (avoid this from 1 week before to 1 week after Cryotherapy)

Remember: It is important that if you are in any doubt about the type of lesion you want to be removed, that you consult your GP prior to booking your Cryotherapy appointment. This is because the Cryotherapy practitioner reserves the right to refuse treatment of any suspicious tissue or where the above contra-indications are indicated.

What happens after the treatment?

· The treated area will become red soon after your procedure. It may also blister and swell. If this happens, don’t break open the blister.

· The affected tissue may appear darker and scab – this is part of the necrotic process, i.e. destruction and natural removal of the unwanted tissue.

· You may also see clear drainage on the treated area. This is normal.

· The treated area will heal in about 7 to 10 days. It probably won’t leave a scar.

· Avoid the use of any skin care products, make up or concealer to the affected area.

What else do I need to know about the treatment?

Your Cryotherapy practitioner will be available to answer any questions in the days following your treatment. On rare occasions, a further (repeat) treatment is necessary. If you wish to discuss this, please contact us.

These treatments are only performed by our therapist Marianne Hall, to read more about her and her qualifications please click here