Go figure, I’m paying for the many days I’ve enjoyed baking in sun. But the Cryotherapy worked for this initial stage, yay!
Many websites explain that Cryotherapy is a good option for getting rid of age spots, and they briefly describe the process. But what is completely lacking in information is what recovery is like. So for all of you lucky readers, I am going to spell it out for you based on my one experience. I know it’s not a lot, and I’m not a doctor. But it’s my version of “What to expect…when you’re doing Cryotherapy” because you can’t find any damn information otherwise. So further to my first post:
- Depending on your skin and where the age spots were removed, I’d estimate recovery time is no more than 2 weeks
- Scabs and blisters will form. Do whatever it takes to not touch them! It was hard for me…
- Depending on where your age spots are, don’t schedule any major events. Otherwise, you may find yourself hiding behind your hair for a week like I did.
- As directed by my Dermatologist, I kept applying Vaseline to keep the area moisturized. Sound weird? Here is a quote I found on-line:
“Moisture prevents the formation of a hard scab, which acts as a barrier to the development of new tissue,”
source: dermatologist Bruce Katz, M.D., associate clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
- After one week, the scabs will start to fall off. Let them peel off naturally. The Vaseline helps “loosen” the scabs up –> sorry, I know that’s gross.
- Once the scab is gone, that is fresh skin you’re seeing. My skin was pink…interesting enough it still is. Should I be worried?
My only regret is not asking my dermatologist about using Polysporin. Since my scabs have fallen off, this is what I’m using now to prevent any scarring. I know, I could use Vitamin E or probably even coconut oil. But I’m sticking to the medicated stuff for now.
That’s it. So how does my face look now? Check it out, here is a visual play-by-play. I’ll probably go back in the Fall to get my newly uncovered age spot removed (see Day 11). Overall, I recommend it folks!