Cryosurgery, also known as cryotherapy is most often used to remove warts and skin cancers, but has also been used in tattoo removal. It basically removes unwanted skin problems by freezing them off. In tattoo removal, cryotherapy is often used along with dermabrasion. In this case, the skin is exposed to extreme cold by means of a sprayed-on freezing agent to induce frostbite. Liquid nitrogen is the most commonly used freezing agent. Next, the area is sanded through dermabrasion to remove the top layers of skin.

While cryosurgery can also be an effective way to remove a tattoo, there are more drawbacks that make it an undesirable procedure. The results vary depending on how your body reacts to the treatment and how fast you heal. For this reason, people who scar easily or who have sensitive skin should not use this method. This method is least effective on tattoo colors such as yellows and greens.

While cryosurgery is less expensive than laser treatment, it is not exactly inexpensive, especially if you have to receive several treatments. In addition, since cryosurgery is categorized as cosmetic surgery, it is hardly ever covered by insurance policies. The greatest drawback, however is that cryosurgery can damage not only the tattoo area, but nearby tissue as well.

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