Without a doubt, a skin cancer diagnosis can feel scary and confusing. But with early detection and the right dermatologist by your side, finding a comprehensive and effective skin cancer treatment plan is certainly achievable. 


At Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology, we offer many skin cancer treatments, including cryosurgery. Keep reading to learn more about cryosurgery and how we use it to treat superficial skin cancers.

What is Cryosurgery?


Cryosurgery is a skin cancer treatment that uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy cancer. This treatment uses a cotton-tipped applicator or spray device to administer the liquid nitrogen. There is no cutting or bleeding involved, and anesthesia is not required. 


To receive best results, the procedure may need to be repeated several times within the same session to ensure the destruction of all malignant cells.

Cryosurgery FAQs

What are the benefits of cryosurgery for the treatment of skin cancer?

Cryosurgery provides numerous benefits over other skin cancer treatment. Firstly, cryosurgery destroys and eliminates malignant cells without invasive cutting or incisions, thus there is no bleeding. Also, anesthesia is not required, and the procedure is relatively painless. 


Additionally, the post-procedure healing process is quite short; the growth becomes scabbed and typically falls off within just a few weeks.

Does cryosurgery work?

Cryosurgery is effective at treating superficial skin cancers. It’s a suitable treatment for actinic keratoses (AKs) and superficial basal cell or squamous carcinomas. It is not an ideal treatment for skin cancers in cosmetically sensitive locations, such as the face, because it can leave scarring.

Can cryosurgery cause infertility?

No, cryosurgery does not cause infertility. In rare cases, cervical cancer treatment using cryosurgery may cause cervical scarring but usually does not impact the ability to get pregnant or complications during pregnancy.

How long does it take for cryosurgery to heal?

After most cryosurgeries, the patient can go home the same day. The cryosurgery healing process is relatively short, as the growth becomes scabbed and typically falls off within just a few weeks.

What are the side effects of cryosurgery?

The side effects of cryosurgery are minimal but can include: 


  • Scarring
  • Blisters
  • Infection 
  • Pain
  • Damage to nearby healthy tissue
  • Loss of sensation if nerves are affected

At Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists are experts in performing cryosurgery. If you have any questions or concerns about this skin cancer treatment, schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 615-449-5771 for our Lebanon office, 615-824-7491 for our Hendersonville office, or 615-964-5941 for our Hermitage office.

Cryosurgery Photos


Take a look at our cryosurgery before and after photos below to get a better understanding of this skin cancer treatment we offer at Cumberland Skin.

Contact Cumberland Dermatology for Cryosurgery to Treat Skin Cancer


Interested in learning more about cryosurgery from the skin cancer experts at Cumberland Skin? Schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 615-449-5771 for our Lebanon office, at 615-964-5941 for our Hermitage office, or at 615-824-7491 for our Hendersonville office.