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Old 10-12-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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Hyacinthe609 HB User
Red face Skin Cryotherapy Concern

Hello...I am new to these boards and hope you can help me. I also hope that this is the right board for this question...if not, can you please redirect me?

Anyway...about 10 days ago I went to my dermatologist to have a few AKs removed. One was on my shoulder, and that shoulder also has about 12 sunspots from two sunburns that I had years ago.

Melanoma is in my family and although I have had some biopsies and everything was okay, I have always been worried about those sunspots. The doctor never mentioned that they should be removed, but I really wanted to get rid of them so they couldn't turn into anything dangerous. Also, they look bad cosmetically so I thought it would be great to get rid of them.

Because the doctor was going to freeze (cryotherapy) the AK, I asked if freezing would remove sunspots and if so, if it would leave scars. He said that it would remove the sunspots with no scarring. I was very excited about that, thinking, how great! I can get rid of this worry and my skin will look so much better.

Well, it's 10 days later and the areas he froze have not healed. The sunspots are much bigger and darker than they were, the skin around them are red, and I have seen no sign of change. (Despite anxiously checking about twice per day). So now I'm really worried that this isn't going to heal!

I called the doctor's office and spoke with a nurse who assured me that the sunspots will "peel off" in 2-3 weeks. I would like to believe that, but because I have seen no healing whatsoever thus far, I'm very nervous. I have had deep biopsies that have healed more quickly than this. It just doesn't seem right.

Have any of you had cryotherapy for sunspots and/or AKs, and can you share your experience with me? How long did the healing take for you? Did the sunspots really peel off?

At this point, I'm ready to go to the doctor and ask him to just cut them off! At least I know that a cut will heal in about 7-10 days.

Any help you can give me will be appreciated! THANK YOU!!

Last edited by Hyacinthe609; 10-12-2012 at 12:21 PM.

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