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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Yearly Planning: Scheduling Your Exam to Check for Skin Cancer

Another year is almost here, and with it comes a lot of appointments that you should be making. Just as you should schedule a physical exam with your primary doctor and a dental exam and cleaning with your dentist, you also should be scheduling an annual checkup with your dermatologist. Getting annual exams to check for skin cancer is important for a number of reasons.

Skin Cancer Is Common

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Approximately 9500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. It is estimated that more than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with nonmelanoma skin cancer every year. With the prevalence of skin cancer in Americans, it only makes sense to be checked out annually, just in case.

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