Liquid Nitrogen Skin Cancer Treatment
Liquid nitrogen treatment, also known as cryosurgery, is a treatment method for nonmelanoma skin cancer as well as many precancerous lesions that are diagnosed. Aside from a little scarring and brief pain during the procedure, this method of skin cancer treatment is one of the easiest procedures around.
At Azeal Dermatology Institute in Boulder, we offer this type of skin cancer treatment as one of our options. We will be able to help determine if this is the right treatment option for you and answer any questions you may have.
What is The Process of Liquid Nitrogen Skin Cancer Treatment?
With this process, a dermatologist will destroy the skin cancer cells by freezing the lesion with liquid nitrogen. The liquid nitrogen is applied to the cells with a cotton applicator or a spray. The method is also known for being used to remove warts, so it may sound familiar. This method can call for numbing prior to the process, depending on how large the lesion is and how sensitive the individual is.
What Can You Expect Post Liquid Nitrogen Treatment?
This form of treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer is pretty quick, easy, and effortless. The area that has been frozen with the liquid nitrogen can heal in as little as three to six weeks after the procedure. Once the procedure is completed, it’s important to ensure the area is cleaned and dried. You can expect to see the wound scab once it begins healing.
How Well Does the Liquid Nitrogen Treatment Work?
For precancerous lesions, it is almost always successful. In the instances that the liquid nitrogen treatment is used for treating skin cancer, there is a small chance that the skin cancer could return. In the instance that it does, another round of liquid nitrogen treatment could be done, however, this is also another opportunity to visit what other treatments may be better suited for the case.
If your cancerous lesion is small, this could be the best and easiest treatment option for you. Our dermatologists will be able to help you diagnose any cancerous lesions on the skin and decide which treatments are the best option for you.
The liquid nitrogen treatment is primarily used for precancerous lesions more than it is for an official diagnosis of skin cancer. Allow for our dermatologist to determine whether or not this is a suitable treatment for you by scheduling an appointment. The team at Azeal Dermatology Institute in Boulder can provide you with the guidance that you need to take care of any diagnosis that you receive.