CryoPen – The Skin Perfector

Flawless skin in a matter of seconds!

CryoPen is an advanced cryotherapy innovation that is a fast, effective and safe solution for removal of skin imperfections.  Procedures are performed by our specialist Jenni Tarbutt and typically last from 5 – 25 seconds, so you can be in and out of the salon quickly.  This amazing device treats the following conditions:

  • Skin tags
  • Solar lentigo
  • Age spots
  • Millia
  • Warts
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Cherry Angioma/red moles
  • Viral Verrucae

Please call Jenni Tarbutt for more information or to book an appointment: 07973 952559

Prices are given on initial consultation.

CryoPen Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is cryosurgery?

CryoPen   TM is an advanced cryotherapy innovation that is a fast ,effective ,safe and new solution for removal of skin imperfections.

Question: How are tissues destroyed during cryosurgery?

The CryoPen  emits a fine jet of nitrous oxide under high pressure, which allows the clinician to work with millimetre precision. This destroys the tissue by freezing the inter –cellular fluid, forming ice shards and crystals which rupture the membrane, thereby destroying the cell. That means there will be no collateral damage to healthy tissue. It’s so incredibly accurate and practical.

Question: How long does the blister last after treatment?

A blister forms 2-24 hours after the being frozen. Blisters may take several days to dissolve. Once a blister breaks, a crust will form over the lesion. Healing occurs from 1 to 6 weeks, depending on depth of freeze and size of lesion.

Question: Can you describe the procedure in full detail?

During the procedure, the area freezes and turns white. After this white area thaws, a flushing occurs and the area will turn red. This thawing is associated with a pinching sensation as a weal is formed. This weal will typically turn into a blister which may last for 3 to 5 days before it scabs. The scab will fall off within 2 weeks. Depending on the extent of freeze, a new scab may form and repeat the process. The lesion will be completely healed in 2 to 6 weeks. After primary healing occurs, the area will be lighter than the surrounding area due to loss of melanocytes.

Question: How is cryosurgery better than other methods of removing skin lesions?

Cryosurgery requires no anaesthesia and has less scarring than other techniques of skin lesion removal with minimal post-op care.

Question: Will there be scarring?

Typically cryosurgery leaves the least amount of scarring of any form of lesion removal because it causes the least damage to the connective tissue.

Question: Is there pain with the procedure?

There may be some tingling with the initial freezing, but most patients get an anaesthetic effect from the extreme freezing temperatures.  Some patients have some mild discomfort for the first day after the procedure.

Question: How permanent is the cure?

For most lesions, cryosurgery is a permanent removal. Some lesions are harder to remove than others. In more delicate places a shorter freeze time with repeat procedures may be required to get a final result with the least damage to the surrounding skin. In other instances a deep lesion may take several aggressive treatments to get final results. In particular, warts that don’t have pre-treatment may take multiple freezes.

Question: What type of skin abnormalities are most appropriate to freeze?

Almost any unwanted skin lesions are appropriate such as warts, moles, actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis, keloids scars ,age spots , solar lentigo,  and cherry angioma.

Question: What types of lesions should not be frozen?

All melanomas and recurrent basal cell carcinomas. Melanoma can spread by any of several means including local, lymphatic and blood. Additionally, Melanoma will change to a much more aggressive form if part of the lesion is left behind undetected. Basil cell carcinoma is typically spread by local extension and you may need more extensive surgery if recurrence is suspected.

Question: Can anyone have cryosurgery?

Yes, cautions about skin type and location should be considered prior to deciding on freeze times. People with high levels of cryo globulins should be treated with caution. If you have really dark skin, you may not want to have cryosurgery, as it will kill the melanocytes around the treated area, making the skin in that area lighter.