Wart and small skin tag cryotherapy by a Doctor
Wart and small skin tag removal using Liquid Nitrogen. Cryotherapy is more efficient than histofreeze & less scarring than laser therapy. It can be used for removal of common warts, verrucas, small skin tags and seborrhoeic warts.
What is a wart or verruca?
Warts and Verrucas are small growth’s with a rough texture caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. They can look like a solid blister or a small cauliflower. A wart on the sole of your foot is called a verruca.
Warts and Verrucas usually disappear without treatment. However, it can take up to 2 years for the virus and the wart/ verruca to disappear. With Cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen is applied to your wart for a few seconds to freeze and destroy the affected skin cells. Following this, a sore blister will form which will scab over and eventually fall off in 7-10 days.
What are Skin Tags?
Skin tags, also called acrochordons, are flesh coloured/ brown overgrowths of your skin that look like warts and are harmless. They are incredibly common and anyone can get skin tags, particularly in areas where your skin rubs against other skin or clothing. They are most common around the neck, armpits, groin and under the breasts. Typically, they don’t cause any symptoms, but can catch on clothing and become painful or bleed.
This page is for small skin tag removal by cryotherapy. If you have a large skin tag, this would need to be removed by a shave excision. For this, please see our Large Skin Tag Removal section.
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryosurgery is a highly effective treatment for a wide variety of benign (non-cancerous) skin problems. This is an ideal way to remove warts and verrucas. Extreme cold (liquid nitrogen) is used to destroy the abnormal tissue. Advantages of this technique are that it is quick and there is minimal risk of scarring or infection.
|Number of Lessons||Price / Duration|
|1 – 3 lesions (Initial)||£95*|
|4 – 10 lesions (Initial)||£120*|
|If follow up needed:|
|1 – 3 lesions |
(Follow up [after 1-4 weeks])
|4 – 10 lesions|
(Follow up [after 1-4 weeks])
- * = £10 Surcharge for Weekend appointment
- Unfortunately, some warts are very stubborn and will need more than one treatment (follow up). We are NOT able to provide any complementary treatments.
- We cannot perform cryotherapy near your eye area.
A Full consultation with your GP is included in the price.
Most lesions will only need one treatment. However, some of your warts may require follow up therapy. Your GP will inform you how many treatments may be needed before starting your treatment.
Who is my Doctor?
What to expect with Cryotherapy
Liquid nitrogen is extremely cold. When sprayed on your skin, the top skin layer rapidly freezes. When you leave The GP Surgery, the freezing site will probably be red and swollen, and it may sting and itch as it thaws. Expect the site to look worse over the next few days before it gets better. Swelling and/or blistering often develop within a couple of hours after treatment. 2-3 days after treatment a scab will probably form which will then take 7-10 days to fall off, leaving a pink smooth area.
Cryotherapy site care
1. The treatment site may get wet with normal bathing and showering.
2. If a blister or scab forms, do not remove it, but allow it to heal on its own.
3. If crusting develops, cleanse gently with soap and water and apply a thin layer of Vaseline twice daily.
What are the risks of having Cryotherapy?
You may have pain while the liquid nitrogen is being applied and afterwards. The treated skin may become red and swollen. You may develop a blister (common), scar (rare), or an open sore at the treatment area. Cryotherapy may also cause your treated skin to lighten (or darken) as it can damage pigment cells. Ask your doctor if you are worried or have questions about your procedure.
What else can I try to prevent my warts from recurring?
There is some evidence that low dose Zinc supplements can assist in the clearance and prevention of warts.