Before we can look at the various wart removal freeze treatment options, it’s important you understand what the condition is. There are different types of skin growths, but essentially, they are common growths that can appear in different parts of your body. Once their nature has been determined, your doctor can perform a freeze treatment to remove it.
What are Moles?
Moles are a type of skin growth comprised of cells that produce pigments and appear on your skin either alone or in clusters. The majority of these moles are brown but some of them are flesh colored, black or blue. Regardless of the color however, they’re usually harmless but it can be painful if you bump or rub them on objects like jewelry.
What are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are soft, tiny skin pieces that emerge from a narrow stem, and they usually appear on the body folds, upper trunk, armpits and the neck. While they’re common, the cause is still unknown.
Skin tags are classified as benign tumors and are not cancerous, which is why freezing is the recommend method. There are times when these skin tags are confused with warts because the two are very similar, but while it might be difficult for you to see, a doctor will have an easier time telling the difference.
Just like moles, anyone can develop a skin tag, and studies show that half the population will get at least one in their lifetime, though the number is higher among elderly people over 70 years old. In most cases people develop just one large or several small skin tags, but regardless of where it appears, the skin freeze treatment should work well.
There are people who get afflicted with several skin tags that appear on the face and other areas of the body, and it’s usually these cases that require treatment. However, even those that appear on the body might require treatment if they keep rubbing against jewelry or your skin, as this can lead to collagen buildup in the skin. If left untreated, this buildup will cause skin tags to spread even more.
Why Should Moles and Warts be Removed?
Though some skin warts are harmless, freezing skin moles has become popular because these warts do cause discomfort when stuck in jewelry or in clothing. You should also consider removing the skin growth if it has a different color because it might be symptomatic of another skin condition. Prior to any operation a biopsy may be performed to determine its nature.
What is Skin Growth Freezing?
Doctors freeze skin tags in different ways, but the most common method is applying a small amount of liquid nitrogen on the skin tag or mole. The liquid is usually sprayed on the affected skin area or swabbed, leaving a small blister behind. This blister however, will disappear after a while and heal without any treatment.
Freezing with liquid nitrogen has become very popular because it’s been proven to work time and again. Unlike other methods like burning or cutting, freezing is much more effective because liquid nitrogen is extremely cold and freezes any living organism that is makes contact with. Only a small amount needs to be applied for the effect to be felt, and it’s proven to be so effective that it’s now considered a standard treatment for various kinds of skin problems.
Liquid nitrogen is best known as a skin tag removal freezing treatment, but it’s also as effective for verrucas, warts, small flesh growths and other bumps and lumps that appear on the skin.
How Does the Skin Growth Freeze Treatment Work?
A mole removal freeze usually lasts for 10 to 30 seconds, but it’s not painful at all. If you have never undergone this treatment before, put an ice cube on your mole for 30 seconds and you’ll get an idea of how it feels. It can be a bit uncomfortable but rarely will you feel any kind of pain. Liquid nitrogen however, can be much colder than ice cubes but it doesn’t reach the point it becomes unbearable.
What Should I Expect After Getting Treatment?
When the treatment is done, the mole, skin tag or wart will discolor and fall off. This isn’t going to happen overnight but it will disappear, and depending on the mole the surrounding skin area could swell up and turn reddish for a day or two. The area where the liquid nitrogen was applied might also feel sore, but these sensations will cease after a day.
Some of those who undergo liquid nitrogen treatment say the feeling afterward is similar to a burn, albeit a mild one. On some occasions a blood blister will form, and if this happens you should pop it using a pin and put a plaster over it afterwards. Don’t worry about any scabs or blisters because new skin will eventually form and cover the blister. While the healing time may vary the end results is very good.
Does the Freeze Treatment Always Work?
Most of the time it does work, and usually it just takes a single session to remove the skin tag. However, verrucas and thick / large warts may require a couple of sessions (or maybe more) to completely remove it. There are also cases wherein liquid nitrogen has to be administered over several weeks to get rid of the root problem.
This point cannot be emphasized enough because other treatments don’t address the root cause of the problem. Unless this is dealt with the skin growths will reemerge, which is why in some cases repeated treatments are necessary. Furthermore, liquid nitrogen doesn’t cause the type of discomfort that other skin growth treatments do. And even if you have to undergo repeated applications it doesn’t consume a lot of time.
If you’re interested in going through a wart removal freeze treatment, make sure to get the services of a qualified doctor: while the process is safe and painless it’s necessary you get treatment from experts to avoid complications.