What to Expect with Cryosurgery for Moles and Warts

If you have a troublesome mole, wart, or similar skin lesion, your doctor may want to remove it with cryosurgery. Cryosurgery is one of the most effective treatments for moles and warts, and it leaves minimal, if any, scarring. Here’s what you should expect if you get cryosurgery for your mole or wart.

What Happens in Cryosurgery?

Cryosurgery is performed in our office, and there is no anesthesia required. Liquid nitrogen is applied to the surface of the skin lesion and is left on for a few minutes to freeze the tissue. Many people think that the mole or wart just falls off in cryosurgery, but that is not the case. It can take two to four weeks for the lesion to fall off after cryosurgery. During treatment, the area will sting, burn, and possibly itch.

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Three Reasons for Cryosurgery for Moles

While most moles are harmless to your health, they can be quite annoying. Many people are self-conscious of their moles, especially if they are large, irregularly shaped, growing hair, or in a prominent place on the body. If you want a mole removed, one option is cryosurgery, during which the mole is quickly frozen and slowly thawed so that the skin cells die and it is removed. Here are three of the many reasons to try cryosurgery for moles. 

Aesthetics

It can be very embarrassing to have a mole in the wrong place. Some moles on the face are unobtrusive and add to your features. But if the mole is very large or growing hair, it could be affecting your appearance negatively. Moles are usually much more visible to the person they are on than the people looking at them. Still, to boost your self-confidence it is a good idea to have such moles removed with cryosurgery.

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