The CryoPen is a quick and virtually pain-free way of removing skin lesions, including skin tags, milia, age spots, sun spots, cherry angiomas, seb ks, and flat dark moles. With precise freezing, each lesion is treated from 5-30 seconds.
The CryoPen emits a fine jet of nitrous oxide under high pressure, which allows millimetre precision for freezing. This destroys the tissue by freezing the intra-cellular fluid, forming ice shards and crystals which rupture the membrane, thereby destroying the cell. There is no collateral damage to healthy tissue.
There will be a pain sensation similar to a stinging nettle, which may last a few minutes. The area will be slightly itchy for 10 minutes. Occassionally a blister might form and persist for a few hours.
After the initial redness, the lesion will the become darker. With time a scab will form, which should not be picked. This will drop off and new skin will be revealed (this will be slightly paler on tanned skin). Skin tags will turn black and drop off. The process may take up to 4-6 weeks. Larger and more raised lesions sometimes require further treatments at 4-6 weekly intervals.
Side effects are rare, but sometimes there can be pigment changes (lightening or darkening, a bit like a scar) and if this happens skin colour normally returns to normal after a few months.
From £25-50 per lesion, and £10 per top up
Dr Tallent is happy to assess lesions to see if they are suitable for cryotherapy, and advise on pricing, as different sized lesions are charged at varying amounts. Some lesions may require a second treatment after 4-6 weeks and this is included in the price. Any further top ups will incur a further £10 charge. In general, lesions 4mm and bigger will cost £50, as they require extra freezing.