Treatment is usually painless, or with slight discomfort. Initially, immediately after the treatment has been applied, you may get any of the following:
• Redness due to the initial inflammation, this is normal and is part of the healing process. The area may also be slightly raised
• You may get a small dry scab - do not pick or pull the scab, allow it to come away by itself
• Itching may occur, usually within a few minutes of treatment. It usually lasts only a few minutes but may last up to ½ an hour. It is due to release of histamine, and is totally normal in treatment of this kind
• Once cells are destroyed, the area will darken before being replaced with new fresh, pink cells.
• Blistering is a common side effect form the treatment. Do not pop the blister - it will go down on its own.
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 but will not affect the outcome of the treatment.
• If blistering does occur, it is regarded as a normal occurrence. Do not pop the blister - it will go down on its own.
• Should it burst, use an alcohol-free wipe to clean the area, and apply a smear of antiseptic cream. It may also be covered with a dressing/plaster
FOLLOWING TREATMENT WITH CRYOTHERAPY DO NOT:
• Scratch or pick the treated area - this will cause the area to take longer to heal and may cause damage to the skin
• Use scrubs on the area, as this will damage the surface of the skin.
GENERAL HEALING EXPECTATIONS
• 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
• Any treatments that take longer than 6 weeks to heal may need to be reviewed by your GP or clinic nurse
• If your immune system is compromised, you may still have treatment, BUT healing may take longer, and you may require further treatment
• If the area treated is tanned, the treatment will remove the tanning and the skin will need to repigment to the tanned colour. The small dry crusting that forms should come away after 4 weeks, if not please wait until it has done so before contacting the clinic/salon
• During the healing time you may shower/wash as normal and use your usual cosmetics, including makeup, deodorants and moisturising creams.
It is important that you use sunscreen 50+ following treatment of any pigmented lesions to prevent them re-pigmenting.
RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
Some side effects may occur as a result of the treatment. These include:
• Headaches are not uncommon when freezing on the forehead, scalp and temples and can last for 2 hours. • Pigment changes. Both hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) and hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). Both generally last a few months, but can be longer lasting.
• Nerve damage. Though rare, damage to nerves is possible, particularly in areas where they lie closer to the surface of the skin, such as the fingers, the wrist, and the area behind the ears. Reports suggest this will disappear within several months.
• A blister may appear in the treated area and can last anything from a few hours to a few days, dependent on the area to be treated.
• Shards of frozen ice. The innovation of Cryotherapy is the direct application of Nitrous Oxide under high pressure (55 bar). This high pressure jet may cause minor shards of frozen ice in the air blown away in a circle of approximately 30cm. They will thaw the moment they would eventually touch healthy skin.
• Treatments on sites with coarse terminal hair. Hair follicles are easily damaged by Cryosurgery and permanent alopecia is not uncommon
Post advanced electrolysis treatment, the skin will be prone to infection due to the heat and tissue destruction, to avoid infection the area should be kept clean, dry and you must refrain from touching the area. You must also follow the following aftercare;
RISKS & REACTIONS: