Cryotherapy for Blemish Removal

Discover the power of cold for clearer, healthier skin. Cryotherapy is a fast, effective, and non-invasive treatment for a variety of blemishes, from skin tags to sun spots.

What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy, also known as cryosurgery, is a non-invasive procedure that uses extreme cold to treat various skin conditions. In the context of blemish removal, cryotherapy involves the precise application of liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide to freeze and destroy unwanted tissue.

How Does Cryotherapy Work for Blemish Removal?

  1. Targeted Freezing: A handheld device, such as a CryoPen, delivers a fine jet of extremely cold liquid or gas directly to the blemish.
  2. Cell Destruction: The freezing temperatures cause the water within the targeted cells to crystallize, leading to cell rupture and tissue death.
  3. Natural Healing: The body’s natural processes then take over, removing the dead tissue and allowing healthy skin to regenerate.

What Blemishes Can Cryotherapy Treat?

Cryotherapy is effective for a wide range of benign skin lesions, including:

  • Skin tags
  • Warts
  • Sun spots (solar lentigines)
  • Age spots (liver spots)
  • Milia
  • Cherry angiomas
  • Seborrheic keratoses

Why Choose Cryotherapy for Blemish Removal?

  • Non-invasive: No incisions or sutures are required.
  • Quick and convenient: Treatments are typically fast, often taking only seconds per blemish.
  • Minimal discomfort: Most patients experience only a brief stinging or burning sensation.
  • Minimal downtime: There is usually little to no recovery time needed after the procedure.
  • Effective results: Cryotherapy often significantly improves the appearance of blemishes.

If you’re considering cryotherapy for blemish removal, book a consultation with us today!

Key Benefits of Cryotherapy

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  • Non-Invasive

    No cutting or stitching is involved, making it a gentle option for those who prefer to avoid surgery.

  • Quick and Convenient

    Treatments are typically fast, often completed in a matter of seconds per blemish, making it easy to fit into your schedule.

  • Minimal Discomfort

    Most patients experience only a brief stinging or burning sensation during the procedure.

  • Minimal Downtime:

    There is usually little to no recovery time needed, allowing you to resume your daily activities immediately.

  • High Success Rate

    Cryotherapy is highly effective for many types of blemishes, often providing significant improvement in appearance or complete removal.

  • Safe and Effective

    It's a well-established procedure with a proven track record of safety and effectiveness.

  • Suitable for Various Skin Types

    Cryotherapy can be used on most skin types and colours.

  • Versatility

    It can treat a wide range of blemishes, including skin tags, warts, sun spots, age spots, and more.

  • Cost-Effective

    It's often a more affordable option compared to other blemish removal procedures.

  • Less risk

    Cryotherapy is generally preferred for facial lesions due to its precision and reduced risk of scarring compared to diathermy.

Steps Involved in Cryotherapy Treatment

Cryotherapy effectively removes various skin blemishes, such as warts, skin tags, and actinic keratoses. Here is a step-by-step guide to the cryotherapy treatment.

  • Initial Consultation

    We will start with an initial consultation, during which we will assess the skin blemish and determine if cryotherapy is the appropriate treatment. We will also review your medical history and discuss any potential risks or side effects.

  • Skin Preparation

    Before the procedure, we will thoroughly clean the area around the blemish to prevent infection. In some cases, we may apply a topical anaesthetic to minimise discomfort.

  • Application of Liquid Nitrogen

    We will use a cryo-spray to apply liquid nitrogen directly to the blemish. The extreme cold (typically -196°C) will freeze the tissue. Depending on the size and depth of the blemish, this application lasts a few seconds to a minute.

  • Freezing and Thawing Cycles

    The treated area may go through one or more freeze-thaw cycles. We will apply the liquid nitrogen, allow the area to thaw, and then repeat the process if necessary to ensure the entire blemish is adequately treated.

  • Post-Treatment Care

    After the procedure, the treated area may appear red and swollen. A blister may form and scab over before healing completely. We will provide you with aftercare instructions, including keeping the area clean, avoiding picking at the scab, and applying any recommended ointments.

  • Follow-Up Appointment

    We will schedule a follow-up appointment to assess the healing process and determine if additional treatments are necessary. This is particularly important for larger or more persistent blemishes.

Treatment Details

Choose a Treatment

  • Skin Tag

    Cryotherapy effectively freezes and removes skin tags with minimal discomfort and downtime.



    • Quick Procedure: Typically takes a few seconds to a minute per skin tag.
    • Minimal Downtime: Little to no recovery time required; resume daily activities immediately.
    • Effective Results: Skin tags fall off within days to weeks after treatment.
  • Sun Spots

    Cryotherapy safely removes sun spots by freezing the affected skin cells.



    • Quick Treatment: Procedure takes only a few minutes per sun spot.
    • Minimal Discomfort: Typically involves little to no pain, with a brief stinging sensation.
    • Effective Results: Sun spots lighten and fade within days to weeks.
  • Milia

    Cryotherapy effectively removes milia by freezing and destroying the trapped keratin cells.



    • Quick Procedure: Treatment takes a few seconds to a minute per milia spot.
    • Effective Results: Milia spots dry up and fall off within days to weeks.
    • Safe for Sensitive Areas: Suitable for use on delicate skin around the eyes and face.
  • Seborrhoeic Hyperplasia

    Cryotherapy treats seborrhoeic hyperplasia by freezing and destroying the excess sebaceous gland tissue.



    • Quick Treatment: Procedure takes a few minutes per lesion.
    • Minimal Discomfort: Involves a brief cold sensation with little pain.
    • Effective Results: Lesions shrink and fall off within days to weeks.
  • Cherry Angioma

    Cryotherapy safely removes cherry angiomas by freezing and destroying the blood vessel clusters.



    • Quick Procedure: Treatment takes a few seconds to a minute per cherry angioma.
    • Minimal Discomfort: Involves a brief cold sensation with little pain.
    • Effective Results: Cherry angiomas shrink and disappear within days to weeks

Frequently Asked Questions

Cryotherapy is a popular treatment for removing various skin blemishes such as warts, skin tags, and sun spots. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about this procedure.