What is Cryosurgery?
The dermatology office of Dr. Matthew Barrows and his skilled associates, offers cryosurgery, also known as cryotherapy, as an option for pre-cancer treatment. This is the method of taking liquid nitrogen and using it to destroy abnormal tissue. Externally, it is used to treat tumors found on the skin, lesions and moles that show early stages of skin cancer, and actinic keratosis or precancerous skin growths. Liquid nitrogen is administered directly to the skin using a cotton swab or spray and the growth is removed. Most patients are able to leave the office shortly after the procedure. We have numerous locations to service you.
What to Expect
Cryosurgery is a simple procedure that takes a minimal amount of time. Patients can expect their procedure to be over quickly, however, this is dependent upon the severity of their condition. During the procedure, a dermatologist will sterilize the area being treated. A numbing agent may be applied to the treatment area to help prevent pain and discomfort. Using a cotton swab or spray, the liquid nitrogen is administered, immediately killing all cells that it is in contact with, which is the lesion in question. For this treatment, liquid nitrogen is placed at a temperature between -346 and -320 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, liquid nitrogen instantly freezes and destroys all cells upon contact. The dermatologist will ensure that only the targeted area will be affected by the treatment. Following the procedure, patients may return to their regular routines.
"Tammi Dobbs is very attentive and sweet. She really listens to what you have to say always gives options in treatment rather than pushing one. She is by far the best dermatologist I've gone to."- L.B. / Google / Sep 01, 2015
"Dr. Matthew is wonderful! Very personable, friendly, down-to-earth and answers all your questions!! Came in for a minor procedure and had a very pleasant experience. Had some questions on a non-related skin condition and he was kind enough to listen and answer thoroughly."- F.F. / Google / Jul 06, 2018
"Easy appointment and excellent service."- B.B. / Google / Jun 27, 2018
"The staff at Dermatology & Skin Cancer surgery Center was amazing! The check-in process took less than 5 minutes and they had me back in the exam room within 10 minutes of me getting there. Ace was awesome and a joy to talk to. He kept the exam short, and quick. Any questions I had were answered. I loved how friendly and easy-going the staff were. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a new dermatologist."- C.L. / Google / Jun 24, 2018
"Great experience. No waiting time. Thorough exam. Clear next steps. And, all the staff were very friendly!"- B.H. / Google / Jun 19, 2018
Most patients go home immediately after cryosurgery; however, this is depending upon how complicated the surgery is. Cryosurgeries that have to treat internal areas or large external areas may require an overnight stay at a care facility. Following the procedure, patients are required to care for the area where the skin was frozen. The dermatologist will give precise instructions on how to care for the treatment site to ensure that patients keep the area clean and protected from possible infection.
Learn More Today
If you believe you have a cancerous tumor, or if you have abnormal skin lesions and growths, it is important to have a qualified dermatologist examine the area. For many skin growths, cryosurgery may be a good treatment options. Through a quick and easy procedure process, cryosurgery seeks to effectively treat external skin ailments using liquid nitrogen to destroy malignant cells on site. Call our offices today to discuss how you might benefit from this treatment and schedule your consultation.