Cryotherapy Aftercare

 

Cryotherapy General Information & Aftercare

This information should be followed by all those 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, 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:

  • Electrolysis
  • Waxing
  • 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.

Aftercare

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.

We advise that the following guidelines be followed for optimal results and safety of the surrounding skin tissue:

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Apply topical products with care (delicately for 48 hours post-procedure).
  • Avoid hot baths, hot showers or steams rooms or saunas for 48 hours.
  • Do not use any products topically in the area without consulting your practitioner for at least 4 weeks post-procedure.
  • Keep the area clean and dry post-treatment.
  • We recommend that no other cosmetic treatment be carried out over the area for at least 2 weeks. 
  • 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.
  • No excessive alcohol consumption for at least 48 hours after your procedure. Eat a healthy balanced diet with adequate quality hours of sleep. 
  • 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 rare 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.

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 prior to your first treatment or during treatment courses, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In an emergency, please call 07888 918 757 or email info@clearmedical.co.uk 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.