Cryosurgery often is used to freeze and remove warts, moles and skin tags. Cryosurgery is often done in a doctor’s office.

What is cryosurgery?

Cryosurgery is a procedure that removes abnormal skin tissue by freezing it off. The intense cold from liquid nitrogen is applied briefly to the skin area.

Speak with your doctor if you believe cryosurgery is right for you.

Who gets cryosurgery?

Patients with the following conditions may receive cryosurgery:

  • Precancerous growths

  • Early stage skin cancer

  • Multiple skin cancers

  • Bleeding disorders

  • Medical conditions

  • Anesthesia intolerance

After cryosurgery, providers will typically dress the wound to protect it. Doctors will tell you how to take care of the wound. Do not hesitate to call your doctor if you have any questions. Cryosurgery has fewer side effects than surgery and radiation therapy. It also has a lower risk of infection than other procedures.