Cryotherapy Service

Cryotherapy is the removal of skin lesions by freezing. At REMEDI HEALTH in Winchester, our trained clinician uses a small pen shaped device called a ‘cyropen’ that uses nitrous oxide (N2O) to rapidly cool the skin lesion. This causes the skin lesion to scab and fall off over the coming days and weeks.

We can treat a wide range of skin lesions including skin tags, seborrheic keratosis, milia, warts, veruccas, cherry angioma, actinic keratosis (age spots) and more.

 

Book a Cryotherapy Appointment

Your appointment will last up to 30 minutes where your clinician will go through a full clinical history and review the lesion(s) in detail. We will also make sure that there are no contraindications to treatment, and discuss aftercare.

Initial consultation and one treatment of up to 10 seconds £90
Additional lesions £30-£40 depending on duration of treatment (clinician will provide a quote)
Follow-up consultation at 4 weeks including any additional treatment £60

Cryotherapy Service
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Safe, private clinic

Our beautiful award-winning clinic is in the centre of Winchester and we look forward to welcoming you. Keeping you and others safe is our priority and so if you are unwell, please let us know in advance and we will make appropriate arrangements.

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Trained clinicians

Your appointment will be with a highly trained clinician in one of our private consultation rooms at our clinic in Winchester. We will advise you to ensure that you only receive treatment that is appropriate so you are protected and safe.

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Private Pharmacy

We operate within a registered private pharmacy which means that we can discuss and provide any required treatments, tests or referrals as appropriate. You can also be assured that we work within a strict governance framework.

About our cryotherapy service

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About the consultation

We undertake a thorough consultation to ensure that the lesion is safe to treat and to assess how long to treat for.

Your clinican will also discuss any contraindications, after care and side effects.

Once the consultation is complete, your treatment will take place using Nitrous Oxide. 

What to expect during treatment

Cryotherapy treatments are very quick, lasting only 5-15 seconds per skin lesion.

Most people report only mild discomfort or numbness during treatment.

The skin lesion will turn white after being frozen by the clinician.

Multiple skin lesions can treated at the same appointment.  There is a fee to be paid per lesion and your clinician will advice you before going ahead.

What to expect after treatment

Cryotherapy has limited side effects and you should be able to return to your normal activities instantly after treatment.

The skin lesion may become red/swollen/blister after treatment, and will begin to scab over the next few days, eventually falling off.

Some skin lesions such as long term warts/verrucas may require follow up treatments.

Some hypo/hyperpigmentation (lightening/darkening of the skin) may be caused by treatment. This usually depends on the patients skin type, as darker skin tones tend to be affected by this more.

Aftercare

Cryotherapy treatments are safe and effective, with excellent results. However, aftercare for the areas treated is also important for you to achieve the best possible outcome. There are few things which can affect the outcome. Generally, the treatment will go smoothly and there will be no problems.

EXPECTATIONS
Treatment is usually painless, or with slight discomfort. Initially, immediately after the treatment has been applied, you may get any of the following which will have been explained to you when you signed the consent form:

  • Redness due to the initial inflammation, this is normal and is part of the healing process. The area may also be slightly raised
  • You may get a small dry scab – do not pick or pull the scab, allow it to come away by itself
  • Itching may occur, usually within a few minutes of treatment. It usually lasts only a few minutes but may last up to ½ an hour. It is due to release of histamine, and is totally normal in treatment of this kind
  • Blisters may form with any treatment to the skin and can happen to anyone. Any blisters which do form, may last just a few hours or a few days dependent on the location that has been treated. Blistering may occur after treatment of any type of lesion. Any blistering will not affect the outcome of the treatment

BLISTERING
If blistering does occur, it is regarded as a normal occurrence. Do not pop the blister – it will go down on its own.

Should it burst, use an alcohol-free wipe to clean the area, and apply a smear of antiseptic cream. It may also be covered with a dressing/plaster

FOLLOWING TREATMENT WITH CRYOTHERAPY DO NOT:

  • Scratch or pick the treated area – this will cause the area to take longer to heal and may cause damage to the skin
  • Use scrubs on the area, as this will damage the surface of the skin

GENERAL HEALING EXPECTATIONS

  • Most healing is straightforward and occurs without problem
  • Most healing will take place in 4 to 6 weeks, however it may sometimes take longer than this, as all skin varies, and can take longer to regenerate
  • Any treatments that take longer than 6 weeks to heal may need to be reviewed by your GP or clinic nurse
  • If your immune system is compromised, you may still have treatment, BUT healing may take longer, and you may require further treatment
  • If the area treated is tanned, the treatment will remove the tanning and the skin will need to repigment to the tanned colour. The small dry crusting that forms should come away after 4 weeks, if not please wait until it has done so before contacting the clinic/salon
  • During the healing time you may shower/wash as normal and use your usual cosmetics, including makeup, deodorants and moisturising creams
Contraindications to treatment

SCLERODERMA AKA CRANIAL ARTHRITIS/GIANT CELL ARTHRITIS
Localised (skin) systemic (skin, blood, circulation and internal organs). Thickened skin, face, scalp, leg or arm. Itchy, can affect skin anywhere on the body. Looks like oval skin patches.

RAYNAUD’S PHENOMENON
This affects the blood supply to certain parts of your body, normally fingertips and toes. They normally change colour and are painful. It’s narrowing of small blood vessels on exposure to cold, change of temperature or stress. In most cases, it’s an underlying symptom of the above.

IMMUNO SUPPRESSION
Immunodeficiency disorders are a group of disorders in which part of the immune system is missing or defective. Therefore the body’s ability to fight infections is impaired. As a result, the person with an immunodeficiency disorder will have frequent infections that are generally more severe and last longer.

CRYOGLOBULINEMIA
Means cold antibody in the blood. Drug use is a prime risk. Hepatitis C is acquired by injecting. Cryoglobulinsare antibodies that precipitate (occur unexpectedly and/or prematurely under cold conditions).

MULTIPLE MYELOMA
This is a cancer that starts in the bone marrow’s plasma cells. These cells usually produce the antibodies that fight infections. In Myeloma these cells produce abnormal proteins that stop antibody production. This adversely affects the inflammatory process and the immune system, thereby preventing the healing process and stopping Cryotherapy treatment from being effective against lesions.

PYODERMA GANGRENOSUM
Necrotic condition causing deep ulcers that usually occur on the legs. When they occur they lead to chronic wounds. Ulcers usually initially look like small bug bites and become larger. Two main types;

  • The typical ulcerative form which occurs in the legs
  • An atypical form that is more superficial and occurs in the hands and other parts of the body.

ANTIHISTAMINES
The natural histamine produced by the body forms part of the healing response and should not be suppressed. It is advised that you do not take any histamine for 48 hours in advance and 24 hours following a Cryotherapy treatment.

PLATELET DEFICIENCY DISEASE
Blood is made up of several types of cells floating in liquid known as plasma. Types of blood cells;

  • Red blood cells
  • White blood cells
  • Platelets or Thrombocytes
  • When your skin is injured or broken, platelets group together and form clots to prevent bleeding. Without enough platelets in the blood, the body cannot create blood clots
  • Low platelets can also be known as Thrombocythemia – low platelets are a result of a medical condition i. e. certain drugs, Leukaemia
  • Bone marrow is the spongy inside of your bone. This is where all components of blood including platelets are formed. If your bone marrow is not producing enough platelets you will have a low platelet count.

PREGNANCY & BREASTFEEDING
For obvious reasons, it is not advisable to complete treatments whilst pregnant.

CRYOTHERAPY CANNOT BE USED IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

  • Hepatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Compromised Auto-Immune System
  • Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus Type III (HTLV III)
  • Lymphadenopathy Associated Virus (LAV)
  • Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE), Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (nvCJD) or any syndrome, condition or virus of a similar kind to the foregoing specific medical conditions listed above, howsoever it may be named, or any mutation, derivative or variation thereof.

DERMAL FILLERS
Avoid treating any area that has been previously treated using dermal fillers as pitting may result if the dermal filler has not been placed correctly.

Please note that if the immune system is in any way compromised by a medical condition that is so far undiagnosed or even as a result of the flu or perhaps a common cold, then your immune system may be compromised which may result in unpredictable healing.

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