WHAT IS CRYOPEN?
CryoPen™ is a state of the art treatment that uses extreme cold, or cryotherapy, to painlessly and safely destroy unwanted, benign and superficial lesions on the surface of the skin, such as warts, skin tags, verrucae, milia, cherry angiomas, scars, and resistant hyperpigmentation/sun spots.
- CryoPen therapy takes far less time; with treatment sessions lasting less than 2 minutes
- No anaesthesia is required and it is virtually painless, except a mild
- discomfort from the cold sensation
- It is one of the least invasive lesion treatments in the market, meaning less trauma to the skin so less complications
- It is used in the treatment of virtually any benign skin lesion
CryoPen is designed and developed by a Belgian company, HO Equipment, and distributed in the United Kingdom by Cryosthetics (CryoskinCare Ltd). (In America and Canada it is known as CryoProbe).
CryoPen uses a technology known as cryotherapy – ‘cryo’ meaning ‘icy cold’. This involves the use of a high pressure jet of nitrous oxide – N2O, also known as liquid nitrogen, which is then applied and aimed directly for the lesion to be treated.
It is one of the leading lesion treatment devices available on the market to cosmetic and aesthetic practitioners/therapists. The process consists of the practitioner aiming the CryoPen tip for the lesion of choice you wish to be treated, and applying the nitrous oxide, which then freezes the abnormal tissue, killing the blood flow, without damaging the surrounding tissues and cells.
After treatment, it is advisable to leave the area uncovered as this speeds up the healing process, it is KEY to keep the area out of the Sun, as this will be raw skin when the lesion falls off, and you don’t want to risk scarring or hyperpigmentation. However, your practitioner may apply a simple dressing or plaster if there is a chance that the lesion may get rubbed or aggravated in any way.
Before the treatment is conducted, an analysis of the treatment area will be conducted, taking into account the age, location, and size of the lesion and skin type. The duration of the treatment time will depend on the surface area and the thickness of the tissue being treated. The treatment will consist of two stages: the first freezing cycle and the second freezing cycle – this offers the best opportunity for success.
Imperfections will be removed by controlled circular movements that stay within the limits of the treatment area. The CryoPen has a penetration rate of freezing of approximately 1 mm per 5 seconds with a maximum freezing depth of 3 to 6 mm – the amount of time needed will relate to the depth of the lesion. The area will then be left to thaw (for 30 seconds) and dried with a tissue then followed by a second freeze. Some pain will be experienced during the treatment which will feel like a ballpoint is being pushed into the skin. If you are uncomfortable with the amount of pain experienced, the treatment will stop. A follow-up visit is recommended after 2 to 4 weeks to confirm that all pathological tissue has disappeared or that a follow-up treatment is necessary. Minor residual stinging may occur for a few minutes after treatment. Occasionally, a blister may also form and will last for a few hours.
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I recently had a skin tag and mole removal done at the Rayleigh clinic and the treatment was explained well and quick and easy. Katie carried out my treatment and was very professional, the aftercare has been very good too.
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Up to 4 weeks
Up to a few hours
Duration of results
Risks and Complications
Blistering, residual stinging
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