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Skin Cryosurgery

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about skin cryosurgery?

Skin cryosurgery, or cryotherapy, is a procedure to treat a skin lesion by freezing it. A skin lesion is a growth on your skin. Cryosurgery uses a cold substance, usually liquid nitrogen, to kill the lesion without damaging nearby healthy skin.

How do I prepare for skin cryosurgery?

What happens during skin cryosurgery?

Skin Cryosurgery

What will happen after skin cryosurgery?

A bandage will cover your lesion area to keep it clean and dry. You can go home when your healthcare provider says it is okay. Your lesion area may heal in 4 to 6 weeks. Larger areas may take as long as 14 weeks to heal.

What are the risks of skin cryosurgery?

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