The CryoPen™ device is a novel development in the management of permanent skin lesions. The presence of unsightly blemishes on the skin can be cosmetically bothersome and may even cause discomfort. Also known as Precision Cryotherapy, the CryoPen is a very efficient remedy for many kinds of epidermal skin tags.

Treatments involve freezing skin lesions in two short bursts, with each one ranging from 1-30 seconds. CryoPen treatments do not affect healthy tissue, making them a great option for eliminating skin tags, cherry angiomas, warts, milia and verrucae with little to no risk. The CryoPen can also be used to treat sun-induced age spots, making it a useful tool for improving the skin of ageing hands.

1How does it work?

With incredible accuracy, the CryoPen emits a targeted spray of nitrous oxide (N2O), which destroys damaged skin cells only. Treatments take minutes to perform and there’s no downtime, meaning that you can be in and out of the clinic within half an hour.

The CryoPen is suitable for all areas of the face and body, save for areas of natural beard growth. Those with dark or heavily tanned skin are not suitable candidates for CryoPen treatments due to the potential risk of hyperpigmentation, although alternative treatments may be recommended for these individuals.

The pain associated with this treatment is minimal. There is a very short sting when the nitrous oxide solution reaches the surface of the lesion, and there may be a very slight burning sensation which persists for a couple of minutes after treatment.

2Treatment indications

Common indications for CryoPen treatments include:

  • Skin tags
  • Verrucas
  • Warts
  • Keloids

Before now, skin tag cryotherapy treatments involved the manual application of cryogenic liquid nitrogen. More often than not, this led to prolonged treatment times as well as some collateral damage to the healthy epidermis. Now, cryotherapy skin tag removal has been revolutionised with the CryoPen, making skin tag cryotherapy treatments safer and more effective than ever before.

For those with keloid scars, the CryoPen device presents a gradual method of keloid removal. Commonly, surgical excision and steroid (cortisone) injections are used to improve the appearance of keloid scars. However, both of these methods come with significant risks. The CryoPen™ treatment is non-invasive, and can be utilised in the removal of small keloid scars that develop after injury, surgery or piercings.

The CryoPen usually works best when administered at least twice. Up to four sessions may be required.

Results are usually noticeable after the first session and continue to improve with additional treatments. Results can be permanent, although this depends on the type of lesion being treated.

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