Cryosurgery for Age Spots

Cryosurgery fades age spots by freezing them with a liquid nitrogen solution, causing the darkened skin to peel away from the body.

Why you should choose cryosurgery for age spots

Cryosurgery is a quick and safe treatment for age spots in the hands of an experienced dermatologic surgeon.

Preparing for the procedure

Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Patients also should:

  • Tell your doctor about any medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, as well as any allergies, especially local anesthetics or contract dye containing iodine.
  • Tell you doctor about any special cold sensitivities.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti -inflammatory drugs or blood thinners for a specified time prior to the procedure.
  • You doctor may recommend taking ibuprofen, and/or an antibiotic a half-hour prior to the procedure.
  • What to expect after the procedure

Cryosurgery often causes temporary side effects, including:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Crusting

These conditions will fade gradually several days following treatment.


As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, although they are minimized in hands of an experienced dermatologic surgeon. These include:

  • A permanent white scar in some cases.
  • The possibility of lighter color skin after treatment.