Cryosurgery for Age Spots
Learn more about treatment options for age spots
Cryosurgery fades age spots by freezing them with a liquid nitrogen solution, causing the darkened skin to peel away from the body.
Why you should choose cryosurgery for age spots
Cryosurgery is a quick and safe treatment for age spots in the hands of an experienced dermatologic surgeon.
As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, although they are minimized in hands of an experienced dermatologic surgeon. These include:
- A permanent white scar in some cases.
- The possibility of lighter color skin after treatment.
The average cost for cryosurgery is between $500 to $900. Since cryosurgery is considered a cosmetic procedure, treatment usually isn't covered by most medical insurance companies. There are certain situations where insurance covers the procedure, such as removal of precancerous growths and scar modification. Other factors affecting cost include size and location of the procedure.
Preparing for the procedure
Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Patients also should:
- Tell your doctor about any medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, as well as any allergies, especially local anesthetics or contract dye containing iodine.
- Tell you doctor about any special cold sensitivities.
- Avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti -inflammatory drugs or blood thinners for a specified time prior to the procedure.
- You doctor may recommend taking ibuprofen, and/or an antibiotic a half-hour prior to the procedure.
- What to expect after the procedure
Cryosurgery often causes temporary side effects, including:
These conditions will fade gradually several days following treatment.
Find a doctor for your cryosurgery for age spots
Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Cryosurgery” from the dropdown menu. Because ASDS doctors are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s condition.