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Cryosurgical Treatment Specialist

Open Water Medical

Family Medicine located in Beaufort, NC & Morehead City, NC

If you have either precancerous lesions or skin cancer lesions, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to resort to major surgery or invasive treatments. Open Water Medical, a leading care provider in Beaufort and Morehead City, North Carolina, offers cryosurgical treatment that removes skin lesions using in-office liquid nitrogen application. There’s no downtime and minimal discomfort, so don’t delay in getting help for your skin lesions today. Book your appointment online or by phone now.

Cryosurgical Treatment Q & A

What is cryosurgery?

Cryosurgery is a procedure in which your Open Water Medical care provider uses precisely measured liquid nitrogen to remove precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.

Although it does have "surgery" in the name, there's actually no major surgery involved. No incisions needed at all, in fact! Cryosurgical treatment at Open Water Medical is an outpatient procedure with no downtime.

How does cryosurgical treatment work?

Your Open Water Medical care provider cleans and dries the treatment area, and then applies the liquid nitrogen by either spraying or painting it on. Your care provider may use a tiny needle with a thermometer to verify that the lesion is cold enough to freeze. The whole procedure takes just minutes.

What are the benefits of cryosurgical treatment for skin growths?

Cryosurgical treatment is a great option for many precancerous and cancerous skin growths because it fully removes the bad skin cells without harming your healthy skin. Also, cryosurgical treatment is generally very unlikely to leave a scar, as opposed to traditional surgical removal of lesions.

Cryosurgery takes just minutes, requires no downtime, and causes only minimal pain. It's one of the best options for minimally invasive skin lesion removal, so your care provider may suggest it as the first line of defense if you have precancerous or cancerous growths.

What happens after my cryosurgical treatment?

After your cryosurgical treatment at Open Water Medical, the lesion will grow red, and it could eventually blister as well. Usually, this causes only minor pain that you can easily resolve with an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen.

Over the next 5-14 days, you'll clean the treatment site daily as directed by your Open Water Medical care provider. Finally, a dry crust develops. This falls off on its own and leaves your skin fully healed after around two to six weeks, possibly longer depending on where your lesion was.

If you're worried about a suspicious skin growth, don't hesitate to have an expert check it out. The Open Water Medical team is here to help with diagnosis as well as treatments like cryosurgery. Book your appointment now by calling the office or clicking the online scheduler.