Common and benign skin lesions that may be treated by cryotherapy include:

  • Actinic keratoses
  • Seborrhoeic keratoses
  • Viral warts
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • Skin tags

Is Your Skin Lesion/Growth Affecting Your Quality Of Life?

Cryotherapy may be the right treatment for you. Consult our MOH-accredited dermatologist for a comprehensive diagnosis and personalised treatment plan.

Possible Side Effects Of Cryotherapy

The most common side effects of cryotherapy are numbness, tingling, redness, and irritation of the skin but usually do not last long. If they don’t resolve within 24 hours, visit your dermatologist.

  • Pain

    The pain produced in cryotherapy is usually well-tolerated but can sometimes be painful if a deep freeze has been necessary such as in treating basal cell carcinoma.

  • Swelling and redness

    This is a normal immediate response to freezing the skin and usually decreases after two to three days. The treated area may also have some watery discharge.

  • Blister formation

    Also common, blisters can form and then dissipate after a few days as the scab forms.

  • Infection

    Sometimes infection can occur, resulting in intense pain and pus.This may require either an antiseptic cream or oral antibiotics.

  • Scarring

    A flat white scar, regardless of your skin colour, may be formed in the treated area. Rarely, a raised scar (hypertrophic scar or a keloid) can result in some individuals.

  • Changes in skin color

    The surrounding skin of the treated area may become lighter or darker in colour. This can improve with time but may sometimes be permanent.

  • Numbness

    If a nerve in the affected area is frozen, it can result in numbness of the area supplied by the nerve. The numbness usually resolves within a few months.

  • Recurrence

    Cryotherapy may fail and the skin growth may recur.

Dr Noor Hanif Said

Medical Director & Consultant Dermatologist

Over 20 years of experience
in medical, Surgical & aesthetic Dermatology

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, Singapore)
  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP, United Kingdom)
  • Fellow Of The Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS, Dermatology)

Prior to starting his private practice at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Dr Hanif was a dermatologist at the National Skin Centre and a Visiting Consultant with the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Dermatology Service.

Apart from his expertise in the management of general dermatological problems such as eczema, psoriasis, hair loss and acne, he has special interests in pigmentary disorders and aesthetic dermatology.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Will I need to schedule a follow-up visit with my dermatologist?

    Yes. Usually, the doctor will need to check the healing of the wound at the treated site and will advise you if you still need further sessions or another treatment method.

    Isn’t nitrogen dangerous for my overall health?

    No. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas and is a major component of the air that we breathe. Direct contact with nitrogen such as liquid nitrogen in cryotherapy is not harmful.