Cryotherapy / mole removal
Cryotherapy, also known as cryosurgery, is a simple and non-invasive procedure that utilizes liquid nitrogen to freeze and eliminate skin growths. This treatment is highly effective in addressing precancerous skin lesions like actinic keratoses, as well as common skin conditions such as warts, skin tags, and moles.
During the procedure, liquid nitrogen is applied to the targeted areas, allowing our dermatologists to precisely target and destroy damaged skin cells at a cellular level. Following the freezing process, it is normal for the treated area to develop blisters and scabs, which typically heal within three to six weeks.
Our dermatology team utilizes cryosurgery to treat a wide range of conditions, and it offers several advantages. Cryotherapy is a straightforward and cost-effective outpatient procedure that causes minimal discomfort, and there is a low risk of infection.
We utilize the FreezPen cryotherapy technique, which is a non-invasive treatment that involves minimal discomfort and does not require anesthesia or stitches. FreezPen treatment has no downtime, significantly reduces the risk of scarring and other complications, and requires minimal post-treatment care.
Our approach is effective in treating various non-malignant skin lesions, including warts, dark spots, plantar warts, liver/age spots, skin tags, moles, keratosis, angiomas, fibromas, milia, molluscum contagiosum, and more.
It is important to emphasize that any suspicious or malignant growths should be evaluated and treated by a certified dermatologist to ensure proper diagnosis and management.
- The unique tip of the applicator used in this procedure delivers a high-pressure jet of extremely cold nitrous oxide gas to target the lesion. Within seconds of application, the temperature of the lesion decreases to -89°C, leading to the freezing of the water inside the cells. This freezing process causes the cells’ membranes to expand and rupture. Consequently, the cells comprising the lesion are effectively destroyed and naturally eliminated by the body over time. This elimination process allows for the growth of new, healthy skin in the same area.
Erase sun spots, age spots, skin tags, warts and other benign lesions.
Cryotherapy, a procedure that involves controlled tissue destruction through extreme cold, is widely acknowledged as the leading approach for removing skin lesions in dermatology and aesthetic practices.
The FreezPen, a device manufactured in Belgium and licensed by Health Canada, offers a safe, fast, and comfortable procedure without scarring or downtime. It utilizes Nitrous Oxide (N2O), which is a safer alternative to Liquid Nitrogen (N2) commonly used in other cryotherapy methods. By using N2O, the FreezPen can rapidly freeze and destroy targeted cells while maintaining a temperature that minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue. This precision is achieved through the FreezPen’s specially designed applicator, which ensures maximum accuracy during treatment by allowing for controlled gas outflow that specifically targets the lesion.
Who Is A Candidate For FreezPen Lesion Removal?
This treatment is suitable for all patients who are not pregnant or breastfeeding.
How Does The FreezPen Treatment Feel?
The FreezPen treatment does not require anesthesia as it is non-invasive. Patients have described the treatment as a light pinch.
Benefits Of FreezPen
- No Scars
- No Downtime
How Long Does The Treatment Take?
This depends on how many lesions are being treated. 1-2 lesions can take 5-10 minutes. There is no limit to how many lesions can be treated in a single session!
How Many Treatments Will I Need? How Long Does The Product Last?
Most lesions require one treatment, however, large lesions may require 1-2 follow-up treatments. Dr. Motakis and his team will discuss this during your consultation to develop a treatment plan.
How Long Will It Take For The Lesion To Disappear?
The lesion is expected to fall off 2-4 weeks after the treatment. Some lesions are more persistent and may take longer to disappear.
Side Effects Of Cryotherapy Lesion Removal
Immediately after treatment, the lesions might become red, swollen and sensitive to touch. Some patients may develop temporary blisters (clear, red or purple) in the lesion area due to the accumulation of cellular fluids.
Can This Treatment Be Done The Same Day As A Facial Or Laser Treatment?
No, Facials, Lasers, Botox and Dermal Filler treatments can resume one week after FreezPen.
Can I Get This Treatment If I Am On Accutane?
No, Accutane must be stopped for six months prior to FreezPen.
Can I Continue Using Retinol Prior To FreezPen?
It is recommended to stop any products containing Retinol one week prior to FreezPen and can resume one week after.
When Can I Return To Normal Activities?
The recovery time for this treatment is minimal and FreezPen Cryotherapy involves zero downtime, getting you back to your everyday activities immediately following treatment.
Preparation For FreezPen Lesion Removal
For FreezPen treatment, patients must not sunbathe, use tanning beds or sunless tanning creams two weeks before or after this treatment.
Schedule A Consultation
Results: Before & After