Cryosurgery, also known as cryotherapy, is a nonsurgical treatment to eliminate skin growths. At Fort Lauderdale Dermatology, skilled dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson performs cryosurgery to get rid of unwanted skin growths, such as lesions, sun spots, skin tags, and age spots (keratoses). Cryosurgery can also be performed to treat precancerous cells (actinic keratosis) or early-stage skin cancer. A quick, efficient treatment for many skin growths, cryosurgery can typically be done at our practice with minimal downtime after the procedure. To learn more about cryosurgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilkerson, contact our office in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
"I’ve seen Dr. Wilkerson three times now and have never felt like it’s been a rushed visit like other dermatologists I’ve been to. He’s been able to drastically improve skin issues that I’ve dealt with for years. Very clean and professional practice."- M.H. / Google / Nov 13, 2019
"Dr Wilkerson was referred to me by my primary care physician and I am very thankful he was. After being in a trauma accident sustaining multiple wounds, I encountered a rash and irritation around them. I could not afford to get any infection while healing all my injuries. Dr Wilkerson and his assistant Jackie were friendly and gentle. They asked many questions and thoroughly examined the injury site. The doctor’s level of care was exceptional and he took his time to answer all my questions patiently. His treatment plan ‘cured’ my issue and I look forward to my follow up appointment. Jackie was courteous and gracious enough to call me a week after my appointment to follow up and see how I was feeling and how my recovery was progressing."- S.D. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"I absolutely recommend this place! The Dr. and staff are always friendly and knowledgeable. My favorite part is that they do virtual appointments!"- T.C. / Google / Feb 12, 2021
"Best experience at a doctors office! The office is clean beautiful and inviting with relaxing music. No waiting, was taken in right away. Dr. Wilkerson was kind, professional, extremely knowledgeable and answered all my questions. Jackie was so sweet and helpful. They even offer you water. Lovely office!"- E.A. / Google / Feb 11, 2021
"As a physician myself, I can tell you that Dr. Wilkinson is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and extraordinarily pleasant. I highly recommend him. I will be referring many patients to him."- M.M. / Google / Jan 24, 2021
Cryosurgery may be used if you have an unwanted skin growth, such as an age spot or skin tag, that you want removed for cosmetic reasons. The growth could be on a visible area of your body (such as your face) or it may be in an area where it is constantly irritated by clothing or jewelry (such as your chest). Cryosurgery may also be used if you have a precancerous (actinic keratosis) or early cancerous (basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma) growths in your upper skin layers. Cryosurgery may be combined with another skin cancer treatment or performed multiple times for more effective results.
Cryosurgery is a simple procedure that can be performed in a short time. At the start of the procedure, Dr. Wilkerson will sanitize the area. A numbing agent can be put on the area to help minimize any discomfort. Using a cotton swab or spray, the liquid nitrogen is administered and immediately destroys all cells it is in contact with, including the lesion. Dr. Wilkerson will carefully apply the treatment so only the targeted skin is affected. Following the procedure, the area will be cleaned and bandaged.
What to Expect
After your cryosurgery, you should be free to leave our office and return to your day. The treated area may be red or swollen and a blister may develop. Dr. Wilkerson will go over how to clean and care for the treated skin to avoid an infection. You should gently clean the area 1 – 2 times per day until healed over. In some cases, you may need to schedule a follow-up appointment at Fort Lauderdale Dermatology so Dr. Wilkerson can assess your healing and determine if another treatment is needed.
Cryosurgery for Skin Cancer
If you have a skin lesion or growth, schedule a consultation with seasoned dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson for diagnosis and treatment. For many growths, cryosurgery could be a great option. A quick and easy procedure, cryosurgery effectively treats growths with liquid nitrogen to kill cancerous and precancerous cells. Contact Fort Lauderdale Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, FL to schedule a skin check and learn about treatments, like cryosurgery, to remove skin growths.