CryoPen is a cryotherapy advancement that allows mild skin lesions, including Skin Tags, Milia, Cherry Angiomas, Age Spots, Warts, and Verrucas to be treated quickly and painlessly.
CryoPen, not to be confused with traditional cryotherapy, is the most innovative hand-held treatment system that employs advanced compression cooling technology. Its applicator pen allows for precise, pinpoint precision while minimising damage to surrounding tissue and delivering a consistent freeze temperature to maximise efficacy.
CryoPen provides precise cooling without the use of cryogenic gases, liquids, or anaesthetics, making treatment virtually painless, quick, and practical, as well as safe enough to use on children. In addition, it is an excellent method for removing skin lesions and imperfections, with treatments typically lasting 5 to 25 seconds per lesion.
What conditions can CryoPen be used to treat?
Cryopen Basildon can treat a wide range of external skin conditions, including viral warts, skin tags, seborrhoeic keratosis, actinic keratosis, and other benign lesions. However, because we can only treat benign lesions, a correct diagnosis must be made before treatment. If a lesion appears to be suspicious, you will be advised to seek permission from your General Practitioner before proceeding with treatment.
Depending on the type of skin lesion, treatment can be performed on the face, scalp, or body. In addition, multiple areas can be treated in a single session.
How does the CryoPen work?
The CryoPen emits a high pressure, an excellent jet of nitrous oxide from its tip, allowing our clinician to work with millimetre precision. Next, the tissue is destroyed by freezing the intercellular fluid, which forms ice crystals that break the cell membrane, destroying the targeted tissue while leaving healthy tissue unharmed.
Is CryoPen Cryotherapy safe?
Cryotherapy has long been proven to be safe, and the risk of complications when using CryoPen is lower than in many other treatments and methods. This is because Cryopen directs N2O to the affected area rather than the healthy surrounding tissue. In addition, Cryopen has CE and FDA approval.
Who would carry out the procedure?
Treatments are always administered by one of our highly trained Cosmetic Nurses or Aesthetic Practitioners. We believe it is only safe to do so by someone who has received adequate training.
What should I expect from my Cryopen treatment?
Because each client’s needs are unique, each client receives a customised consultation. You will be asked to discuss your medical history as well as the lesions during the consultation. The practitioner will then go over the treatment options available to you and the expected outcomes. Once a suitable treatment has been agreed upon, it can be administered. If a lesion appears to be suspicious, you will be advised to seek permission from your General Practitioner before proceeding with treatment.
When administering treatment, your practitioner will use the Cryopen to target the lesions. The length of the treatment depends on the size and nature of the lesion, but in general, each lesion only takes a few seconds. It is common to see a frost or ice-field form on the top of the lesion during treatment. Therefore, a ‘freeze-thaw-freeze’ strategy is frequently used, in which the lesion is frozen, allowed to defrost for a few seconds, and then treated again. Although it is preferable to leave the treated area uncovered, a plaster or simple dressing may be applied if it is in an area prone to rubbing and aggravation. Cryopen treatment does not necessitate the use of an anaesthetic.
Is the Cryopen treatment painful?
It is usually well-tolerated, causing only minor discomfort. When the nitrous oxide reaches the bottom of the lesion, it feels like a stinging nettle on the skin, but it quickly goes away. After treatment, there may be some residual stinging that lasts for several minutes.
Following treatment, the skin lesion may become red and sore, with blistering and, on rare occasions, a scab. If a deeper freeze is required, this can sometimes result in more pain immediately after treatment and for a variable amount of time afterwards. This is not to be confused with traditional cryotherapy, which can be extremely painful because it often hits healthy tissue.
How soon will I see the results?
Healing can take anywhere from 1-6 weeks after treatment, depending on the depth and size of the lesion. Lesions typically take on a darker colour (due to the presence of dead cells), and as the skin regenerates beneath them, they slough or flake away. A follow-up visit after four weeks is recommended to assess response to the initial treatment and whether the additional application is required.
What should I do after my Cryopen treatment?
When you receive Cryopen treatment at the Clinic, you will be given detailed aftercare instructions. There is no downtime with Cryopen; many clients schedule this treatment during their lunch break and return to work immediately.
Unless otherwise instructed, we do not recommend covering the area with a dressing or plaster. Healing usually takes between 1 and 6 weeks. If you have any concerns that the wound may be infected (increased redness or pain, yellow discharge or puss), please schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.
What can I expect following treatment?
A scab will frequently form over the next few days, and the lesion may appear red and angry. It usually resolves in 1-6 weeks, and the area that remains will often return to normal, though a small area of scarring or a change in skin colour is possible. It is critical not to pick at the scab as this may result in scarring.
It is normal to experience residual stinging after treatment, which can last for up to an hour. Following this, the area will likely become a little red, swollen, and sore, and a blister may form. A scab may develop, and there may be some weeping from the wound. It is critical not to pick at the damage as this may cause scarring. The skin lesion will dry up, darken, and slough off in 1 to 2 weeks as the wound heals. Again, it is critical not to pick at the area as this will lengthen the healing process. Lesions on the legs often take a little longer to heal.
How frequently will I require treatment?
CryoPen treatment produces permanent results, but it may take more than one application to remove the lesion. Therefore, after 2-4 weeks, a follow-up visit is recommended to assess response to the initial treatment and whether the additional application is required.
What are the potential side effects of CryoPen therapy?
The CryoPenTM treatment is non-invasive and relatively safe. However, the treated area’s pigmentation may change during the healing process, becoming darker or lighter (hypopigmentation). In darker pigmented skin, this colour loss may take longer to return. It will usually go away after a few months, but it can sometimes last indefinitely. If you notice a change in pigmentation, we recommend scheduling a review appointment with us to advise you accordingly.
Freezing can irritate some of the small nerves in the skin, resulting in numbness, tingling, or hypersensitivity. These symptoms will usually go away after a few weeks or months.