1) 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.
2) Any treatments that take longer than 6 weeks to heal may need to be reviewed by your GP.
3) If your immune system is compromised, you may still have treatment, BUT healing may take longer, and you may require further treatment.
4) If the area treated is tanned, the treatment will remove the tanning and the skin will need to re-pigment to the tanned colour. The small dry crusting that forms should come away after 4 weeks.
5) During the healing time you may shower/wash as normal and use your usual cosmetics, including makeup, deodorants and moisturising cream.
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:
1) Redness due to the initial inflammation, this is normal and is part of the healing process.
2) The area may also be slightly raised.
3) You may get a small dry scab – do not pick or pull the scab, allow it to come away by itself.
4) Itching may occur, usually within a few minutes of treatment. It usually lasts only a few minutes but may last up to half an hour: this is due to the release of histamine, and is totally normal in treatment of this kind.
If blistering does occur, it is regarded as a normal occurrence. Do not pop the blister, it will go down on its own.
1) 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.
2) Blistering may occur after treatment of any type of lesion. Any blistering will not affect the outcome of the treatment. *Should it burst, use an alcohol-free wipe to clean the area, and apply a thin layer of antiseptic cream. It may also be covered with a dressing or plaster.
FOLLOWING TREATMENT WITH CRYOTHERAPY DO NOT:
1) Scratch or pick the treated area, this will cause a delay in healing and may inflict damage on the skin.
2) Use exfoliating scrubs on the area, as this too, will damage the surface of the skin.
1) These will turn darker from the base and will dry up and fall off over 1 to 6 weeks as the skin heals beneath them.
2) Larger tags may need a second treatment.
3) If the tag becomes sore or rubs against clothing it may be covered with a dressing or plaster.
These are generally small superficial cysts filled with keratin. They usually flatten and vanish with a single treatment and require no aftercare.
Follow the advice for *blisters should one form.
1) The area will often become red and raised and will go down after a few hours. The pigment will then become darker and a dry crust will form.
2) When the crust falls away, the new skin beneath is pink and shiny, this is NOT scarring. It is important at this stage that you use a minimum 50+ SPF to prevent the pigmentation returning.
*For your peace of mind and well-being, at the end of your treatment you will be given an out-of-hours telephone number; your clinician will be on call 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have*