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Cryosurgery is a common procedure done by nearly all dermatologists. It involves either the spray or the application of liquid nitrogen to the effected area for a given period of time. The amount of time depends on the skin lesion that the board certified dermatologist is treating, and other factors such as size and depth. A variety of both benign, premalignant and frankly malignant lesions may be treated by cryosurgery. The use of cryosurgery frequently avoids the necessity of cutting, and numerous lesions may be treated at the same time, if required.

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What type of lesions may be treated

It is surprising how many different lesions may be treated by cryosurgery. For example, the common wart (verruca vulgaris), as well as seborrheic keratoses (so called “age spots” or “barnacles”), actinic keratoses (precancerous lesions), some cysts, some acne lesions, some types of skin tags, and even some superficial types of skin cancers like superficial basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma in siut (this means it is confined to the uppermost level of the epidermis.