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.
Care After Cryosurgery
There are some things to keep in mind while caring for your skin after cryosurgery. For the first couple of days, you may need to keep a bandage on the area to protect it from accidental bumps that could be painful. The area will be red and swollen for the first day. And by the next day the blister will start forming, and the tenderness will subside.
It is important to keep the area clean and disinfected. You can apply Aquaphor Healing Ointment to soothe and protect the area. After about a week the surface will be red and scab-like.
In two to four weeks, the scab will begin to come off. You can help the scab along gently while in the bath or shower when the scab is softened. Often when the scab comes off, the mole or wart is completely removed with it. However, for large warts, only the upper layers of the wart may be removed, and another treatment may be necessary.
If you are interested in cryosurgery for your mole or wart, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.