What is Blemish Removal?
We use Cryotherapy as the means of removing unwanted skin blemishes from the face or body. Cryotherapy is the use of extreme cold produced by nitrous oxide for fast, effective and safe removal of unwanted skin blemishes. A pen-like instrument delivers a fine pinpoint spray of nitrous oxide under high pressure which allows your practitioner to work with millimetre precision. This means the nitrous oxide is delivered directly to the treated area and not to the healthy surrounding tissue. The treatment is quick, between 5-30 seconds per lesion.
What can be treated?
Any non-malignant skin blemish can be treated; however, the following are the most commonly seen:
- Skin tags
- Age spots – UV damage/pigmentation
- Solar lentigo
- Sebaceous hyperplasia
- Seborrheic keratosis
- Seborrheic Warts
- Cherry angioma
- Moles – confirmation of non-malignancy required via a GP or Doctor.
Is there pain with the procedure?
There will be a sensation similar to a mild stinging nettle. There might be a little residual stinging for a few minutes and the area can be slightly itchy for about 10 minutes after the procedure. Most clients get an anaesthetic effect from the freezing temperatures.
What does the area look like after treatment?
During the procedure the area freezes and turns white. After a few seconds the area thaws and the area will turn red. Over the next few days a small crust may form over the lesion, which typically, after about 10 to 14 days, will fall off and the skin will then be healed. The skin may initially appear lighter in colour or pink, however, this will return to its normal colour within a few weeks.
Is there any aftercare?
It is best to leave the treated area uncovered and not to pick at the crust as this may lead to scarring. Treated lesions and the subsequent newly formed skin cells need protecting from UV damage otherwise there is an increased risk of damage. Therefore, it is important to protect the area with a suitable 50 SPF. We recommend Cryoblock SPF which can be purchased in clinic.
How permanent is the treatment?
For most lesions, cryotherapy offers permanent removal. However, some lesions are harder to remove than others. In more delicate places eg the eye area, a shorter freeze time with a repeat procedure may be required to get a final result with the least damage to the surrounding skin. In other instances, a large pigmented area or deep lesion such as a verruca or wart may take several treatments to get final results.
How much does the treatment cost?
The initial treatment cost is £60 – this would typically remove several milia or up to one 5 pence piece sized sunspot. For larger areas or for several blemishes a more detailed cost can be given during your consultation as this may require more than one treatment.