According to CryoPen, Inc.,
‘The CryoPen Cryosurgical System is the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology in the field of cryosurgery, using linear compression cooling technology.’
‘Featuring pen-point precision, no dangerous cryogenic gases or liquids, consistent effective freeze temperature ensured by using the temperature indicator, and simple non-technique dependent procedure.’
Sounds impressive, but what does it actually mean?
Launched in 2006, the CryoPen which is both FDA and CE registered, utilises nitrous oxide’s extreme cold in liquid form to remove skin imperfections. By targeting a fine spray of liquid nitrous oxide through the CryoPen, the liquid nitrogen can be used by the therapist to target the treatable area exactly and with great precision as it freezes the intercellular fluid.
Using disposable N₂O cartridges, the quick, effective treatments don’t destroy healthy tissue as the CryoPen only targets the area to be treated, penetrating to a depth of 1mm per 5 seconds.
In fact, it can treat lesions from 1mm to 10mm in size with pinpoint accuracy which means that it’s safe for use on the face and even near the eyes – without the need for follow-up care.
So, what exactly does CryoPen treat?
Obviously, the time it takes to achieve the final result depends on the size of the area to be treated. All that happens is the targeted cells shrivel up so skin tags will turn black and fall off, or age spots are covered in a slight scab that drops off after a couple of weeks to reveal unblemished skin underneath.
But does it hurt?
During and after treatment, there may be a little slight, localised discomfort and the area may feel tender and look a little red or swollen. This can be eased by applying aloe vera gel on a clean cotton wool pad over the next 2 or 3 days until the tenderness or redness goes. You could even keep the gel refrigerated to make it extra-soothing.
CryoPen really is a quick localised treatment for the removal of benign but irritating skin conditions. It’s easy, it only affects the targeted area, doesn’t affect healthy tissue, causes minimal discomfort and risk of marking – and it works.