Common Uses for Cryosurgery in Dermatology

Cryosurgery can sound like a scary word, but it really isn’t surgery at all. This dermatological service uses cryolysis technology to remove certain skin lesions of varying types and sizes. By freezing the offending feature, the cells are killed off; and eventually the mole or other object simply falls away, and the small area heals. Here are the most common uses for this freezing technology.

Cosmetic uses for cryosurgery

Sometimes cryosurgery is only done because someone doesn’t like a feature. Usually this is going to refer to a mole, wart, or skin tag being removed for cosmetic reasons. You can also have acne and raised acne scars removed this way. Of course, there are medical and quality of life concerns with these removals as well; but when the procedure is done for purely cosmetic reasons, it makes a difference in charges and insurance coverage.

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Cysts: What They Are, What Causes Them, and How They Are Treated

The very word “cyst” can make even the bravest man shudder a bit. Most people associate cysts with cancer. The good news is that most cysts aren’t actually cancerous at all, and benign cysts, especially those addressed by a dermatologist, are very easily treated. Here’s what you need to know before heading into your appointment.

Types of Cysts

There are actually a lot of different types of cysts, and not all of them are addressed by dermatologists. However, there are several types of cysts that we do treat. These include:

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Cryosurgery for Mole Removal: What to Expect

Do you have a troubling, irritating, restricting, or oddly shaped or colored mole? Most of the time moles are harmless and nothing needs to be done to treat them, but sometimes moles can cause problems and need to be removed for health or comfort. Before you head into the doctor for mole removal, understand exactly what you can expect with cryosurgery removal.

Before the Procedure

Your doctor may do a few different things to prepare the area for cryosurgery. The area must first be thoroughly cleansed. If you have sensitive skin or if the mole is already painful, the doctor might apply a topical solution to somewhat numb the area. 

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What to Expect with Cryosurgery for Moles and Warts

If you have a troublesome mole, wart, or similar skin lesion, your doctor may want to remove it with cryosurgery. Cryosurgery is one of the most effective treatments for moles and warts, and it leaves minimal, if any, scarring. Here’s what you should expect if you get cryosurgery for your mole or wart.

What Happens in Cryosurgery?

Cryosurgery is performed in our office, and there is no anesthesia required. Liquid nitrogen is applied to the surface of the skin lesion and is left on for a few minutes to freeze the tissue. Many people think that the mole or wart just falls off in cryosurgery, but that is not the case. It can take two to four weeks for the lesion to fall off after cryosurgery. During treatment, the area will sting, burn, and possibly itch.

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Three Reasons for Cryosurgery for Moles

While most moles are harmless to your health, they can be quite annoying. Many people are self-conscious of their moles, especially if they are large, irregularly shaped, growing hair, or in a prominent place on the body. If you want a mole removed, one option is cryosurgery, during which the mole is quickly frozen and slowly thawed so that the skin cells die and it is removed. Here are three of the many reasons to try cryosurgery for moles. 


It can be very embarrassing to have a mole in the wrong place. Some moles on the face are unobtrusive and add to your features. But if the mole is very large or growing hair, it could be affecting your appearance negatively. Moles are usually much more visible to the person they are on than the people looking at them. Still, to boost your self-confidence it is a good idea to have such moles removed with cryosurgery.

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