Cryo-pen and Advanced Electrolysis

  • Per small lesion £40
  • Additional lesion £10
  • Follow up visit for large or thick lesions £20

 

I have attended training with a specialist dermatology doctor at Cryosthetics Ltd - a leading training and product company in the UK.

Cryotherapy is a simple and quick solution to the removal or treatment of skin tags, warts, cherry angiomas, age spots, senile keratosis, etc. These lesions are no longer being treated under the NHS.

The older methods of cryotherapy relied on liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide. These methods were applied in an uncontrolled manner and were likely to cause damage to surrounding skin tissue - and subsequently more side effects eg blistering and pigmentation.

This new pen device uses nitrous oxide to administer a fine jet of extremely cold gas which has the effect of destroying the tissue by freezing the inter-cellular fluid. The resulting ice crystals destroy the membranes of the cells of the lesion being treated, with no damage to healthy tissue. The treatment sessions are relatively quick and include initial consultation and follow up.


What can be treated with a Cryo-pen?

  • Cherry Angiomas
  • Pigmentation
  • Skin tags
  • Verrucae
  • Warts
  • Milia
  • Age spots

 

The 3 stages of healing following cryotherapy:-

  1. Inflammation:  The treatment process causes the cells to be injured by freezing. This causes an increase in blood flow to the area which presents as inflammation of the treated skin. Chemicals and mediators such as kinins and histamines are released, which start the process of cell reproduction.

There may be some small areas of swelling, which usually               settle within 60 mins, and occasionally may blister. There               may be itching at this stage due to the release of histamine.           This inflammation phase is important in the healing, and if             there is medication or illness which reduces or stops this,               the lesion may not be resolved.

2. Proliferation:  Within 24-48 hours, a small wheal or crust will           develop as the healing continues. This is due to increase in             cell production and process through the skin layers.

3.  Tissue remodelling - as the newer cells come to the surface            of the skin, they revert to the normal structure and                        remodel the skin within the lesion. the skin colour will                    change and eventually re-pigment to the normal colour of            the skin. This final process varies in time from person to                person.

As the skin re-pigments, it is important that SPF50 is used to prevent the fresh cells being exposed to UVA/B light. 

Pigmentation

cryotherapy before and after

 

Verucae

Verucae before and after cryotherapy

Wart removal

Wart removal

Cryotherapy may be contra-indicated in certain medical conditions, including the following:-

  • Agammaglobulinaemia
  • Raynaud's disease (not Raynaud's phenomenum)
  • Cold intolerance - extreme reaction to cold
  • Cold urticaria
  • Collagen and auto-immune diseases
  • Kidney disease
  • Temporal arteritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Conditions of immunosuppression
  • Immunosuppression following transplant surgery
  • Cryoglobulinaemia
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Pyoderma Gangrenosum
  • Clients taking antihistamine medications for allergic conditions, where they are not able to stop taking the antihistamines for at least 48 hours (preferably at least 1 week). This is because histamine is required for the initiation of inflammatory response to the treatment.
  • Platelet deficiency diseases
  • Pregnancy
  • Dermal fillers
  • Diabetes - both type 1 and type 2 may have problems with healing due to changes in the metabolism.

 

Medications which may affect the results from cryotherapy treatment:-

  • Anticoagulants - Warfarin, heparin, coumarin, Apixaban - may cause extensive bruising.
  • NSAIs - Aspirin (low dose 75mg daily is OK), ibuprofen, brufen, - may extend the healing process. Topical gels eg voltarol are ok, providing they aren't used in the area to be treated.
  • Immunosuppressants - eg steroids - prednisolone, cyclosporin, azathioprine - via oral or IV routes. Anabolic steroids and asthma inhalers are OK.
  • Cyclooxygenase inhibitors - DF118, voltarol
  • Chemotherapy - inc. methotrexate and tamoxifen - slows healing. Clients can be treated once the chemotherapy is finished and condition in remission.
  • Appetite suppressants - eg XLS Medical - slows down inflammatory process required for healing following cryotherapy.

 

In addition to permanent hair removal, electrolysis can also be used as an alternative to cryotherapy. I will advise you which is the best treatment for your individual lesion.

Advanced Electrolysis can be used to treat the following:

  • Skin tags
  • Moles
  • Warts
  • Thread veins
  • Spider veins
  • Milia
  • Cherry Angioma
  • Sebaceous cysts
  • Syringoma
  • Xanthalasma
  • Senile warts
  • Dermatosis Papulosum

https://www.sterex.com/treatments/

 

Cryo before and after

 

 

Cryo-pen and Advanced Electrolysis

  • Per small lesion £40
  • Additional lesion £10
  • Follow up visit for large or thick lesions £20

 

https://www.cryosthetics.co.uk/cryopen-cryotherapy-training/

 

 

Before and 4 weeks later