Cryotherapy, also known as cryosurgery, is a commonly used in-office procedure for the treatment of a variety of benign and malignant lesions and is probably the second most common in-office procedure after skin excision [minor surgery].

The mechanism of destruction in cryotherapy is necrosis of the lesion, which results from the freezing and thawing of cells. Usually 3 cycles are applied during the procedure which takes only a few minutes. Multiple treatments may be require.

Treated areas re-epithelialize. Adverse effects of cryotherapy are usually minor and short-lived. Some permanent skin blanching can occur. Costs from £40

Useful for the treatment of


Skin tags
Skin blemishes 
Sun induced lesions