What is cryotherapy?

Adult Nurse Practitioner Niki Bryn, APRN, DCNP applies Liquid Nitrogen to Patient Todd KneelandCryotherapy, or cryosurgery, is the use of liquid nitrogen (extreme cold) to treat abnormal skin tissue. This therapy is used to treat basal cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis, moles, warts and molluscum contagiosum. For external tumors, liquid nitrogen is applied directly to the cancer cells with a cotton swab or spraying device.

After the procedure, the frozen tissue thaws and has a tendency to scab. We ask that patients keep the treated areas moist with an unmedicated ointment to speed healing time.

What are the advantages of cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is less invasive than surgery, and involves the application of liquid nitrogen directly to the lesion in question. Bleeding, pain and other complications are also minimized, compared to surgery. Cryotherapy isn’t as expensive as other treatments and the recovery time is shorter. Because cryosurgery focuses on a limited area, it avoids damage and destruction to healthy tissue nearby.

Schedule a consultation in Seacoast, NH or North Shore, MA

Whether you want to schedule a skin check or you’d like to discuss cryosurgery treatments, Dermatology & Skin Health can help. We have four office locations in New England: Dover, Newington & Londonderry, NH and Peabody, MA. From these locations, we can assess your skin conditions & concerns and provide the proper treatment. We provide cryotherapy to our patients as a treatment for basal cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis, moles, warts and molluscum contagiosum. To set up a consultation, please fill out our consultation request form or call us at (603) 742-5556 (Dover & Newington), (978) 525-0100 (Peabody), (603) 965-3551 (Londonderry), (603) 742-5556 (Bedford).

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