Care for Skin: Cryosurgery Birmingham

Freeze! It’s not just an iconic line that frequents police-centered shows and flicks: it’s also a tried-and-true method for removing bumps and lumps that run the spectrum . In fact, it treats a myriad of unsightly skin lesions including warts, molluscum, sunspots, actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis, and more.

What Is Cryosurgery?

While daunting in name, cryosurgery in practice has graced the medical field for the past century. Essentially, cryosurgery uses extremely cold temperatures (we’re talking -321°F) to freeze off benign lesions—think irritating bumps and lumps that aren’t cancerous or pose no threat to turn cancerous in the future.

Cryosurgery excels at addressing a score of benign lesions that pop up on the face or body, and does so quickly: it can take only a few seconds or minutes to freeze off a bump.

What Does Cryosurgery Entail?

As mentioned previously, cryosurgery has had roots in the medical industry for the past century. Historically, dermatologists have conducted cryosurgery through something called the dip and touch method, which used a sterilized cotton (or Q) tip on the affected area.

Nowadays, other methods exist to perform cryosurgery, including the paintbrush method, spot freeze application, and the rotary or spiral pattern.

Cryosurgery usually involves a brief blast of liquid nitrogen to the skin, which causes it to freeze. There shouldn’t be any severe pain after the procedure, only mild stinging or irritation in a few cases. But irritation shouldn’t last but a few minutes.

Once treated, the skin may swell up for a few days, which will likely develop into a scab. The scab should fall off in a few weeks’ time—and that’s it. Mission accomplished. No follow-up treatment should be needed; infections are rare and this procedure is usually suture-free.

How About Side Effects?

Most people don’t see any side effects after cryosurgery, besides some mild irritation or stinging immediately after the procedure. The therapy may cause some blistering if your skin is highly sensitive or prone to blisters. Areas treated may appear darker or lighter than the surrounding skin once fully healed, but it shouldn’t be too noticeable.

Find Care at Cahaba Dermatology

A burst of liquid nitrogen—and poof, you’re done! Sounds pretty simple, right? At Cahaba Dermatology, it is. Our cryotherapy treatment is simple, short, and to the point. If a benign bump or lump causes you trouble, let’s see if cryosurgery will crater that bump—and your worries to boot! Contact Cahaba Dermatology to book an appointment and see where your lesion removal options lie. Cryotherapy may just be the route to take in bidding your bump goodbye.