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As you age, your skin can develop a range of blemishes that home remedies cannot reverse.

Years of sun exposure can take a toll on your skin, forming dark, brown spots known as age spots or sunspots. Unsightly wart-like growths may develop on your hands, feet or body. Excess collagen fibers can give rise to skin tags, small skin growths that can be frustrating even though they’re harmless.

CryoPen is an innovative form of cryotherapy that utilizes freezing temperatures to remove imperfections found on your skin. With CryoPen, our aestheticians and Dr. Anthony Terrasse can eliminate unwanted skin lesions, making your skin smooth and flawless. If you’re interested in learning more about CryoPen and would like to schedule a consultation at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, contact us at 847-234-2400 or visit our contact page.

What Is CryoPen?

CryoPen is a handheld device that emits a consistent stream of high-pressure nitrous oxide to change the skin’s temperature, removing unwanted skin lesions from the epidermis. At negative 20 degrees Celsius, cells begin to die. The nitrous oxide CryoPen emits this low temperature. When the device is applied to a lesion for a short time, it eventually causes the lesion’s cells to freeze and rupture. The treatment is precise and accurate, posing little to no risk of damage to surrounding tissues.

Who Is a Good CryoPen Candidate?

CryoPen is a noninvasive treatment that can be used on children and adults of any skin tone. Treatment can be performed on nearly any part of the body, except near the eyes because the skin there is particularly fragile.

You’re a great CryoPen candidate if you have any of the following:

  • Skin tags
  • Age spots or sunspots
  • Warts
  • Blood spots
  • Smaller moles
  • Birthmarks
  • Cherry angiomas
  • Seborrheic warts
  • Milia

The CryoPen Procedure

Before beginning the procedure, the treated area will be cleansed to ensure that there aren’t any complications. The CryoPen device is then directed towards the unwanted skin lesion, and a stream of nitrous oxide is sprayed. How long the device is held in place depends on what type of skin lesion affects you. If you have a skin tag, for example, the nitrous oxide stream may be applied for 10 to 30 seconds. If it’s a wart, it can take 45 to 90 seconds. The treatment is generally quick, regardless of the type of skin lesion.

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In some cases, Dr. Terrasse may need to let the lesion thaw for five minutes if it isn’t responding to the CryoPen. A second round of nitrous oxide will be applied if this is the case. The goal of a CryoPen procedure is to ensure the lesion doesn’t regrow. Once treatment is complete, you’re free to return to normal activities right away, without needing to wear a bandage.

CryoPen Recovery and Results

After treatment, the lesion will look white, and you may experience a slight stinging sensation. This is normal and doesn’t last for long. After approximately one week, a scab will form, which falls off after several weeks. The scab may be itchy, but you’re encouraged not to touch it because it can potentially affect the healing process. After the scab goes away, the treated skin will appear lighter than the rest of your complexion. This is normal. After two to six months, the skin at the treatment site will regain its normal pigmentation. Dr. Terrasse may ask for a follow-up appointment to be made four weeks after the procedure so that he can assess the outcome and determine if an additional CryoPen session is needed.

CryoPen at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery

Skin lesions are never welcomed on the body. They can be a source of discomfort and can appear nearly anywhere. If you have one, whether it be a wart, skin tag, age spot or mole, you can have it safely and effectively removed — permanently. CryoPen is an innovative skin lesion removal procedure that can make your skin smooth and flawless once again. If you’re a resident in and around Chicago, IL, or the surrounding areas, and have an unwanted skin lesion, please give Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery a call at 847-234-2400 or visit our contact page.

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