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Syringoma and Cryotherapy

One of the options to remove Syringomas is Cryotheraly. This term originates from the ancient greek word (κρύο) meaning cold, and θεραπεία, meaning cure.
In dermatology, the main uses of Crytherapy are the treatment and removal of Warts, Verrucas and some thick benign moles.
Given that Cryotherapy equipment is readily available in the dermatilogist’s clinic sometimes cryotherapy is used to remove syringomas.

Cryotherapy for Periorbital Syringomas removal ( the syringomas around the eyes) is normaly avoided for two main reasons:
the area to be treated is too close to the eyes
and the area of the skin around the eyes is very delicate and more prone to scarring than the rest of the body’s skin.

On the other hand if  the Syringomas are located on other parts of the body where a scar is not as important, they can be removed by using this technique. However there would be little point in ending up with scars after Syringoma removal, after all they are only removed for cosmetic reasons. Due to the higher likelyhood of developing scars after Cryotherpy, this is not a cosmetic treatment usually reccomended for Syringoma Removal.

Remember that a dermatologist. would not normally suggest to have the syringoma removed, because they are not considered to be dangerous  as such, and therefore they do not need to be removed other than for cosmetic reasons.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy, treating skin lesions using deep freeze!

The term “cryotherapy” comes from the Greek cryo (κρύο) meaning cold, and therapy (θεραπεία) meaning cure. Cryotherapy is a localized use of very low temperatures in dermatological applications. It is used to treat an array of benign and malignant skin lesions. Cryotherapy is mainly used in dermatology to get rid of warts and verrucas. Cryotherapy devices use predominantly liquid nitrogen or other compressed inert gasses which absorb heat as they are released onto the skin. In other cases Cryotherapty is also used to ablete internal malignant tumors during operations.

Cryotherapy is sometimes used by dermatologists to remove benign skin lesions for cosmetic purposes like Syringomas. When Cryotherapy is used for cosmetic procedures is normally due to the immediate availability of the cryotherapy equipment in the clinic. Normally cryotherapy equipment is quite inexepensive and therefore this type of treatment is easily available. However Cryotherapy is not nesesarily the best way to teat benign lesions for cosmetic reasons. The main reasons is that there is usually little control over the dermatological ablation depth of freezing and therefore the likelihood of scarring could be higher by using this method.

Liquid Nitrogen

Cryotherapy equipment used to remove a common wart.

However some of the latest dermatological cryotherapy equipment has been calibrated to be effective for epidermal tretment typical of Syringoma Removal. Therefore by using the appropriate the cosmetic Cryo equipment it is possible to remove the Syringoma and  minimise the risks of scarring.

 

Cryotherapy on plantar wart

Cryotherapy on plantar wart

Due to our eperience with electrofulguration, Electro dessication and cosmetic Lasers for cosmetic procedures it is our opinion that cryotherapy has more appropriate uses in the treatment of warts and verrucas. This applies especialy int he removal of periorbital Syringoma were we would find the application of highly concentrated deep freeze inappropriate around the eyes.

 

After Care

NO special after care is required after the use of Cryotherapy. Most dermatologists prescribe the patient to use a course of antiseptic twice a day to avoid infections.

Recovery time

After Cryotherapy the skin recovery period varies betweeen 2 to 3 weeks after the tratment. The treatment does not cause any significant downtime. In fact the patient can restore his normal activities soon after the procedure but taking special care to avoid infections and strenuous activities until the skin recovery is complete.