Cryotherapy General Information & Aftercare
This information provided within this document should be followed by all patients prior to receiving cryotherapy lesion removal treatments. The treatment requires no anaesthetic and is precise destruction of skin tissue by freezing with liquid nitrous oxide that results in necrosis of benign superficial lesions. It is crucial to the health of your skin and the success of your treatment that you read and follow ALL guidelines contained in this document.
We cannot treat/test your skin if you:
- Have experienced “holiday” sun exposure in the last 4 weeks and/or have a tan, or expect sun exposure within 6 weeks following treatment.
- Have a cold/flu/infection or any symptoms of being rundown/exhausted (or within the last week).
- Have active cold sores, and open wounds.
- Have damaged or flaky skin in the area being treated.
- Have impaired sensation in the treatment area.
- Have impaired circulation or are suffering from cardiac disease.
- Are suffering from skin cancer.
- Have superficial nerves.
- Are hypersensitive to cold temperatures.
Patients that will be treated with caution:
- Darker skin types.
- Individuals with high levels of cryoglobulins.
- Individuals with hypersensitive skin.
Inform your therapist if you are using any products topically or orally.
At least one week before your treatment: Avoid these products and/or procedures:
- Depilatory creams or anything topical that may irritate your skin
- Laser hair removal (IPL) or any other cosmetic treatment over the treatment area.
Two to four days before the treatment stop using:
- Retin-A, Renova, Differin (Adapalene 0.1%), Tazorac
- Any products containing Retinol, AHAor BHA’s or Benzyl peroxide.
- Any exfoliating or other topical products that may be drying or irritating.
Prior to treatment please also ensure that no irritation or sensitivity has been experienced in the skin area from daily regimes/procedures/topical applications for at least 2 weeks. If you have any queries please check with your practitioner, however minor it may seem.
Post-treatment, it is normal to feel a little sensitivity in the area. Individuals liken the sensation to sunburn. There is little aftercare for the treatment other than protecting the treatment area from damage or abrasion. Swimming or showering can be done as normal.
- Post-treatment, it is best not to apply anything to the area for at least 72 hours or until the skin surface is intact and not healing in appearance.
- We advise using aloe vera gel or arnica gel on the area to soothe any discomfort you may experience.
- Wash with cool water (at least tepid) and not hot.
- Keep the area clean and dry post-treatment.
- The treatment area should not be picked, scratched or rubbed vigorously at any point throughout your treatment course.
- If you are having a body treatment, we also recommend wearing loose clothing on the day of the treatment and up to 48 hours post-treatment.
- If you are using washing agents or any other topical products, please apply with care (delicately for at least 72 hours post-procedure).
- Avoid hot baths, hot showers or steams rooms or saunas for 72 hours.
- No alcohol consumption for at least 48 hours after your procedure. Eat a healthy balanced diet with adequate quality hours of sleep.
- Reduce smoking or try not to smoke post-treatment as this can reduce the healing of the skin.
We advise the following guidelines be followed for optimal results and safety of the surrounding skin tissue for the months following treatment:
- The skin should not be exposed to UV (sun exposure or tanning beds) for at least 6 weeks following treatment. Use of an SPF 50 plus is advised for when you are outside and in the sun for very short periods (i.e., necessary for daily life), however, sunbathing/sitting in the sun/tanning beds/prolonged sun exposure should be avoided altogether no matter what sunblock you are using for at least 6 weeks following treatment. (Please ask about the brands we stock/recommend).
- Do not use any products topically in the area without consulting your practitioner for at least 4 weeks post-procedure.
- We recommend that no other cosmetic treatment be carried out over the area for at least 2 weeks.
- Drink plenty of water (we recommend 2-3 litres per day depending on workload and heat stress). Hydrated bodies are efficient at clearing out toxins.
Potential Side Effects
- In some cases a blister may form over the treatment area, in the case that this occurs, please do not touch the area and ensure that the blister does not pop (to avoid scarring). This should reside after a few hours and is a normal reaction with some individuals post-treatment. In very rare cases where the skin surface is more delicate, the sensitivity of the skin may last for a few days or a couple of weeks.
- Scarring risks are rare, but there may be temporary lightening or darkening (hypopigmentation/hyperpigmentation) in the area. Both generally last for a few months and the change is more common in darker skin types.
- Although extremely rare, damage to nerves/impaired sensation may occur in the treatment area, particularly in areas that occur closer to the surface of the skin such as fingers, the wrist, and the area behind the ear. Reports suggest this will disappear and normal nerve function will return within several months.
- Lesions that are on a skin area with coarse thick hair follicles will commonly cause permanent alopecia within the treatment area.
If you have any questions or queries about anything experienced post-treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us.
In an emergency please call 07527 296 919 or email email@example.com and we endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. We are here to help, advise and ensure that your treatment is safe and effective.