1539 Atwood Ave Suite 301
Johnston, RI 02919
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Another name for liquid nitrogen therapy is cryotherapy.  Liquid nitrogen therapy produces a freezing injury.  You can anticipate a burning pain for about 10 to 30 minutes, then perhaps some minimal soreness.  Swelling and redness may occur within 24 hours.  Blistering and scabbing may persist for approximately 1-2 weeks and pinkness may remain for up to 1 month.  It may also cause discolorations and scars.

Cryosurgery may be an alternative to regular surgery.  It takes a few minutes and may be used to treat precancerous or non-cancerous (benign) growths.  These growths include warts, skin tags, large oil glands, etc. 

  • Keep the area(s) clean with your normal daily cleansing
  • Discomfort and pain are usually relieved with Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol (Acetaminophen)
  • Apply Aquaphor of Vaseline (can be purchased over the counter) at least a couple times a day in order to prevent scabbing and scaling

It is normal for healing wounds to feel slightly tender to the touch and look pink around the edges.  However, if after a few days, the wound becomes increasingly red, swollen, painful, or develops a purulent discharge; please call the office at (401) 490-4515.  Also, please stay out of the sun to prevent further complications or discolorations. 

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