Cryotherapy - Pros and Cons
Since cryotherapy doesn’t require open surgery, it is considered to be a safer treatment for various skin conditions and some cancers, including bone cancer, liver cancer, prostate cancer, and cervical cancer. Depending on your needs, you can either opt for full-body cryotherapy or just a targeted area. Cryotherapy can be used to treat internal issues (inside the body) and external tissues (on the skin). In dermatology, the most common uses for cryosurgery is to treat warts, seborrheic keratoses, and actinic keratoses.
Is Cryotherapy Actually Good for You?
Sitting in a cold tank with almost freezing temperatures may not seem like the most ideal thing to do. However, compared to other treatments, cryotherapy is minimally invasive. This means that even if it doesn't work for you, it doesn't expose you to any significant risks.
Over the years, people have experienced a number of benefits through this treatment, including:
- Pain relief
- Muscle healing
- Reduced inflammation
- Prevention of dementia
- Weight loss
- Prevention and treatment of minor tumors
- Preventing and treatment of certain types of cancers
- Treatment of mild anxiety and depression
- Treatment of migraines
- Slowed skin aging
What are the Dangers of Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is a generally safe treatment. However, it does have some side effects that you must be aware of if you’re planning to get this treatment.
Tingling, irritation, numbness, and redness of the skin are some common side effects of cryotherapy treatment that you will experience soon after. These effects usually go away within 24 hours. However, if you continue experiencing these issues after this period, you should immediately make an appointment with your doctor or healthcare provider.
Cryotherapy isn’t safe for people who suffer from any conditions that affect the nerves, such as diabetes. If you have any such conditions, you should look into some alternative treatments.
Does Cryotherapy Work on Belly Fat?
It can be tempting to believe that sitting in a cold tank for a couple of minutes each week can help you solve all your weight problems. But unfortunately, that’s not the case. While cryotherapy can support the process of weight loss, it won't lead to any drastic results if you don't make any other lifestyle changes. Even if you do end up losing some weight through cryotherapy, you will gain it all back if you go back to your old eating habits.
Additionally, cryotherapy won’t necessarily target your belly fat. Any weight loss you may experience through this treatment will affect your entire body.
That being said, there are some proven benefits of cryotherapy for weight loss. A 2018 study published in the Journal of Obesity found that cryotherapy led to an overall loss of body mass by an average of about 3%, particularly in the waist area. Yet, it is important to note that the treatment can be costly, and the results may not be worth it if you're only looking for weight loss.
How Much Does A Cryo Treatment Cost?
Over the past few years, cryotherapy has become significantly more affordable. However, it is still a reasonable investment, and you need to be aware of the pros and cons before opting for it.
For your first treatment, you will have to pay somewhere around $35 to $40. Depending on why your need cryotherapy, you may also require multiple sessions to see any noticeable results. Thus, by the end of the treatment, you can expect to pay a sum of around $500 to $750.
Is Cryotherapy Painful?
Yes, cryotherapy can be painful. Your healthcare provider will administer local anesthesia to minimize the pain. However, it isn't always necessary to use it since the pain is bearable for most people.
Mild pain can last for up to 3 days. The healing period is quick and generally takes around 7 to 14 days. You may notice some blisters a few hours after the treatment, but they don’t leave behind any scars and generally go away on their own over the next few days.
If you are thinking about getting cryotherapy and are looking for a good dermatologist, consider visiting Suncoast Skin Solutions. We will help you determine whether you need cryotherapy and provide you with the best treatment available.