What is Cryotherapy and what does it treat?

Cryotherapy is a reference treatment for the treatment of skin imperfections. It treats the tissue by freezing the inter-cellular fluid to destroy the cell structure. Treatment goes quickly and the duration will depend on the size and the depth. The innovative Accurett emits a fine jet of CO2 under high pressure which allows the clinician to work with precision. The result is that there will be no collateral damage to healthy tissue.

Treatment with the Accurett is extremely accurate and practical: pigmented spots, age spots, sun spots, with the Accurett you can now have this treatment done in your beauty salon.

Cryotherapy at Pulse Dermatology & Laser. The Accurett Cryopen treats pigmented spots, age spots, sun spots and more.

Cryotherapy offers the ideal treatment for:

  • Solar lentigo
  • Age spots
  • Pigmented spots

What the Cryopen can do:

  • Removes unsightly skin tags, warts and age spots for that perfect finish
  • Minimally invasive and quick
  • No stress treatment

How the Cryopen works

Procedures typically last from 2 to 10 seconds per spot. So you can be in and out quickly. After the treatment the spot that has been destroyed will – during15days – act as a protective cover for the new skin that is forming.
Generally there are 2 short cycles for the treatment.

First cycle freeze

The applicator of the Cryopen is held to the skin and the gas is supplied to the tissue by circular movements. This can be from 2-10 seconds, depending on the size and depth of the relevant tissue.

The Accurett freezes at a rate of approximately 1mm per 5 seconds.
1mm
5 sec
2mm
10 sec
Pigmented spot. Cryotherapy. Pulse Dermatology & Laser Cape Town.

Pigmented spot
A pigmented spot. Treatable with Cryotherapy at Pulse Dermatology & Laser.

Pigmented spot

Before and after Crytherapy

Before & after Cryopen treatment. Pulse Dermatology & Laser Cape Town.
Before & After Cryotherapy Treatment. Pulse Dermatology & Laser Cape Town.
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Before & after Cryopen treatment. Pulse Dermatology & Laser Cape Town.
Before & After - Cryopen Treatment
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Before & after Cryopen treatment. Pulse Dermatology & Laser Cape Town.
Before & After - Cryopen Treatment
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Cryotherapy FAQ

Are there any side effects?

Cryotherapy is a low-risk procedure. There are a few side effects that may occur as a result of treatment including:

  • Pigmentary changes (hypopigmentation & hyperpigmentation).
  • Minor shards of frozen ice may blow out, that will irritate on contact with healthy skin.
  • Hair follicle damage and permanent alopecia.

Discuss any concerns you have with your clinician.

How long are Cryopen treatments?

The duration of the treatment time will depend on the surface area and the thickness of the tissue being treated. Upon the clinical evaluation of the thickness of the area, the clinician will choose an application time from 2 to 15 seconds.

How much will the treatment cost?

The cost of treatment will depend on the size of the area and the number of spots involved. Make an appointment with us to discuss costs and to assess your area.

How safe is cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a low-risk procedure. Cryopen delivers CO2 directly to the area and not the healthy surrounding tissue. Cryopen is both CE and FDA registered.

Is the treatment painful?

There will be a pain sensation similar to a ballpoint pen being pushed  onto the skin when the CO2 touches the lesion. There might be a little residual for a few minutes after treatment. Occasionally a blister might form and persist for a few hours.

What if I have darker skin?

Repeated short freezing cycles of 2 to 4 seconds at two-week intervals are recommended if you have a darker skin type.

When will I see the result?

After the treatment new skin will be developed during the next 14 days. The old lesion will form a crust that will fall off (14 days).

Any after care necessary?

The new formed skin should be protected for sun the moment the crust will fall off.

Enquire about the Cryopen treatment at Pulse Dermatology & Laser

To achieve best results it is essential that patients follow the correct medical homecare treatment program - this will be advised at your initial consultation.

 

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