Surgical gloves are designed to be a second skin. A safe way to demonstrate the power cryosurgery has, although far more controlled and targeted when used on real skin.”
The ancient Egyptians and the Greek physician Hippocrates used cold for healing, mainly to reduce inflammation. James Arnott, an 18th century English surgeon took the use further, closer to the modern concept of cryosurgery.
Not that we are suggesting cryosurgery in our London clinics is a casual process. The objective is destruction of tissue but only the right tissue and in the right way, skilled hands are needed.
Dermatologists are trained in the use of cryosurgery, using liquid nitrogen as the freezing source. The process can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, from warts and skin tags, to early stage skin cancer.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Diagnosis matters and not simply to identify a general condition, which might be a match for cryosurgery. The treatment needs to suit the individual case, be the most minimally invasive choice and the best option for success.
Assessment by a consultant dermatologist is important, as is a similar level of ability during treatment. Liquid nitrogen is applied directly to the tissue, with a cotton swab, or spraying device, using great care to protect healthy tissue.
Cryosurgery works by taking advantage of the destructive force of freezing temperatures on cells. Ice crystals form inside the unhealthy cells and push them apart, blood vessels supplying the infected tissue also freeze.
Treatment is short, perhaps half an hour and recovery equally quick, you can go about your day as normal. One session usually deals with the problem, follow on sessions may be occasionally required.
Cryosurgery In London
Our clinics are ideally located for cryosurgery in London, one to the North, the other more central. Skilled consultant dermatologists are available at both, to provide diagnosis and treatment.
Cryosurgery can be a good choice. Less invasive than surgery, giving excellent cosmetic results, minimal scarring. Blisters can form after treatment but usually peel away within a few days.
Our approach is always to take the least invasive route to a cure. Cryosurgery is a valued option, which fits this ethos and can be used for a range of conditions. Ensuring this is the right choice for you is the key.