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Warts & Verrucas

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Beautiful skin in seconds

About CryoPen®

Designed by doctors, CryoPen® quickly removes warts and verrucas, with procedures typically lasting from 5 to 25 seconds.

The device is certified by both the FDA and CE, meaning that it is clinically proven and very safe.

The treatment itself is relatively painless – patients generally report a very mild discomfort.

To find out how CryoPen® can help you, please book a Free Consultation with our expert injector. She will talk you through what is involved, and determine if you are suitable for the treatment.

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CryoPen® starts at £35 per treatment. Depending on your skin condition, we might recommend for you to take a course. In this case, pricing will depend on the number of required treatments, which we will discuss at your Free Consultation.

As with many of our treatments, an easy payment plan is available for courses.

Cryotherapy, sometimes known as cold therapy, is the use of very low temperatures in medical therapy.

The CryoPen® targets skin imperfections with a very precise jet of nitrous oxide (-127°C). The nitrous oxide freezes the intercellular fluid, rupturing the membrane and destroying the undesired cells. Because the clinician is able to work with millimetre precision, there is no collateral damage to the surrounding tissue.

There are three main stages during the treatment:

  1. First Freeze Cycle: The applicator is held as close as possible to the skin imperfection and is moved towards and away from it very quickly. Depending on the size and depth of the targeted tissue, this process can take between 1-30 seconds.
  2. Thaw: After the first freeze cycle, the tissue is allowed to thaw for approximately 30 seconds.
  3. Second Freeze Cycle: The second freeze cycle will then begin. This time, the tissue will freeze faster (at a rate of approximately 1mm / 5s) and the undesired cells will be fully destroyed.

The treatment itself is relatively painless, with most patients reporting an anaesthetic effect from the extreme cold temperature. You might however, experience a very mild discomfort that feels similar to a stinging nettle. This sensation can reoccur for a few minutes after the procedure is finished, and may be accompanied by slight itchiness in the treated area.

The duration of the treatment will depend on the size and thickness of the targeted tissue. Cryopen® freezes at an approximate rate of 1mm per 5 seconds, with a maximum freezing depth of 3-6mm. As such, the treatment time usually varies between 1-30 seconds.

During the procedure, the targeted area will freeze and turn white. After thawing, flushing will occur and a red weal will form.

Approximately 2-24 hours after the treatment, a crust should form over the treated area. This will dissipate after about 10-14 days, revealing new skin cells that can appear pinkish or lighter in colour. The new skin cells will return to their normal colour after a few weeks.

For larger and deeper procedures, a second crust may form, slightly increasing the healing time. Treatments on certain parts of the body, such as the legs, can also lengthen the healing process.

Although it is generally best to try to leave the treated area uncovered, if the treatment is performed on an area that is prone to rubbing or aggravation, a plaster or a simple dressing may be applied.

In very rare cases, some light scarring may be visible. To help avoid this, please remember to not pick at the crust that will form over the treatment area.

The CryoPen® procedure is non-invasive and is considered low risk. Side effects are rare, but a few that might occur include:

  • Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) and hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) may occur temporarily in the treated area. Pigment changes tend to be more common in darker skin types.
  • You might experience a temporary loss of sensation in the treated area.
  • A blister might form in the treated area which can take several days to dissolve.

If you have any concerns, please ask us during your Free Consultation.

For most skin conditions, the results will be permanent. During your Free Consultation, we will talk you through the results you can expect.

The number of treatments that you will need will depend on the skin condition that you are treating. For example, in more delicate places, such as the eye area, a shorter freeze time with several repetitions might be sufficient to treat your concern. In other cases, such as when treating deep warts or verrucas, several aggressive treatments might be required to get the best results.

During your Free Consultation, we will talk you through the number of treatments that you'll need.

There are generally no limitations to activities, as long as you protect the treated area from any damage or abrasion. Swimming and showering is also not a problem.

Yes. CryoPen® is clinically proven and cleared by both the FDA and CE - a status attributed to only the most effective products.

CryoPen® is generally suitable for everyone (18+). However, darker skin types tend to be more prone to pigmentation side effects, so if you have dark skin and are concerned about this possibility, CryoPen® might not be your best option.

We carry out a full assessment before your treatment can begin, so if CryoPen® is not for you, we can discuss alternative solutions.

Yes. At your Free Consultation we can organise a payment plan that suits you.

Located just outside of the town centre on Kingmoor Road, we are very easy to get to and have lots of free parking space – We’re on the left past Austin Friars School heading towards Rockliffe, or if you’re coming of the bypass on Kingmoor Road (East) roundabout follow the sign for Etterby under the low bridge and we’re ¼ of a mile on the right.

Why VL Aesthetics?

For over 10 years we’ve been helping people in Cumbria to change the way they look and feel. Here’s why 1000s of people have chosen VL Aesthetics:

  • An expert team of cosmetic doctors, aestheticians, and beauty therapists
  • Tailor-made treatments and programmes designed to your specific needs
  • Award-winning, clinically proven products and technologies
  • Accredited by national regulatory authorities in clinical aesthetics
  • State of the art facilities in a private setting, with changing rooms, showers, and lots of free parking space
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  • Known for our professional and friendly approach
  • Easy payment plan option with manageable monthly instalments
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