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Molluscum contagiosum cryotherapy

Molluscum contagiosum cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a highly effective treatment for Molluscum contagiosum, a common skin infection caused by a poxvirus. At Dr. Derme clinics, our expert team utilises advanced cryotherapy techniques to freeze and eliminate these bothersome lesions. Cryotherapy involves applying extreme cold to the affected areas, effectively treating the bumps. This method is quick and minimally invasive.

Book your consultation today at Dr. Derme to discuss how cryotherapy can help you achieve clear, healthy skin.

from £125*

Procedure Time

5 minutes


Highly effective

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Time To Work

2-4 weeks


Optional cream


1 to 3 sessions*

What is molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection caused by the Molluscum contagiosum virus. It results in small, firm, raised bumps on the skin, which are typically flesh-coloured, pink, or white with a central dimple. These bumps can appear anywhere on the body and are commonly found on the face, trunk, arms, and legs. The virus spreads through direct skin contact or contact with contaminated objects. While the lesions usually resolve on their own within 6 to 12 months, treatments like cryotherapy can help speed up healing and prevent spread.

What does molluscum contagiosum look like?

How effective is molluscum contagiosum cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is highly effective for treating Molluscum contagiosum. It works by freezing the lesions with liquid nitrogen, causing the infected tissue to die and fall off. Typically, several sessions may be needed for complete clearance. Cryotherapy is well-tolerated, with mild side effects like redness and blistering that resolve quickly. It has a high success rate, although new lesions can sometimes appear, necessitating follow-up treatments. Compared to other treatments, cryotherapy is particularly effective for numerous or resistant lesions, making it a reliable option for managing this viral infection.

How does molluscum contagiosum cryotherapy work?

Application of Liquid Nitrogen

Using a cryotherapy device liquid nitrogen is applied directly onto each molluscum lesion. This application freezes the infected tissue, damaging the cells and targeting the Molluscum contagiosum virus.

Freezing Process

The extreme cold from the liquid nitrogen forms ice crystals inside the cells, disrupting their function and structure. This freezing action results in the death of the infected cells.


After treatment, the area may become red and swollen, and a blister might form. Over time, the lesion will develop a scab and eventually fall off as the body naturally clears away the destroyed tissue.

How many cryotherapy sessions are needed for Molluscum contagiosum?

The number of cryotherapy sessions required for Molluscum contagiosum can vary based on the number and size of the lesions, as well as individual response to treatment. Typically, most patients require between one to three sessions for effective treatment.

Some lesions may resolve after a single session, while others might need multiple treatments to ensure complete removal. It’s important to book your follow-up at the clinic to assess the effectiveness of the treatment and determine if additional sessions are necessary.

What to expect during your molluscum contagiosum consultation?

Your molluscum contagiosum cryotherapy will be conducted by our expert dermatology doctor. Our doctor will assess your molluscum contagiosum, to determine the most suitable treatment, and answer any questions you may have about your skin. If molluscum contagiosum cryotherapy is the best treatment, the procedure can be performed on the same day. Rest assured, all our clinics adhere to safety standards monitored by the General Medical Council and we are insured by Cosmetic Insure.

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Your Consultation

Visit your Dr.Derme clinic and meet your specialist for a consultation. During the visit, we will:

        • Complete assessment of your skin
        • Explain your best treatment options
        • Discuss the treatment or procedure
        • Answer all your questions

Your Treatment

Start your molluscum contagiosum cryotherapy at Birmingham's leading skin clinic. Following the treatment, we provide will all the aftercare advice to get the best results. We are here for you with any follow-up queries:


How long does it take for Molluscum contagiosum to heal after cryotherapy?

After Molluscum contagiosum cryotherapy, the treated lesions typically start to heal within a few days. The healing process can vary but generally takes about 2 to 4 weeks for the lesions to fully resolve. Initially, the area may appear red and swollen, and a blister might form. This blister will eventually scab over and fall off as the body naturally eliminates the destroyed tissue. It’s essential to keep the area clean and avoid picking at the scabs to prevent infection and scarring.

Cryotherapy for Molluscum contagiosum can have some side effects, although they are generally mild and temporary. Common side effects include:

  • Redness and Swelling: The treated area may become red and swollen shortly after the procedure.
  • Blister Formation: Blisters may form at the site of treatment, which is a normal part of the healing process.
  • Pain or Discomfort: Some patients may experience mild pain or discomfort during and after the procedure.
  • Scarring: There is a small risk of scarring, especially if the area is not properly cared for post-treatment.
  • Infection: If the blister is not kept clean, there is a risk of infection, although this is rare.

It’s important to follow post-treatment care instructions to minimize these side effects and promote healing.

Cryotherapy for Molluscum contagiosum can cause some discomfort due to the freezing process. However, there are several ways to manage and minimise the pain:

  1. Topical Numbing Cream: Applying a topical numbing cream before the procedure can help desensitise the skin, reducing the sensation of pain. The cream should be applied about 15-30 minutes before the cryotherapy to ensure the area is well-numbed.

  2. Over-the-Counter Pain Relief: After the procedure, over-the-counter pain relief medications, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, can help manage any residual discomfort.

  3. Cold Compresses: Applying a cold compress to the treated area after the procedure can help reduce swelling and soothe any pain.

  4. Proper Aftercare: Keeping the treated area clean and protected can help minimise irritation and discomfort as the lesion heals.

Cryotherapy might cause some temporary redness and swelling, but these effects typically resolve as the lesion heals and falls off.

Molluscum contagiosum is typically contracted through direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. This can happen during activities such as sports, sexual contact, or even casual physical interactions. The virus can also spread through contact with contaminated objects, like towels, clothing, or toys that have touched the infected skin of a person with Molluscum contagiosum.

Children often contract the virus through playing and interacting closely with other children who have the infection. Adults are more likely to contract it through sexual contact. Individuals with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to developing Molluscum contagiosum.

Good hygiene practices, such as avoiding sharing personal items and washing hands regularly, can help reduce the risk of contracting Molluscum contagiosum. If you have lesions, covering them with clothing or bandages can help prevent spreading the virus to others.

Furthermore, avoiding the use of shared items such as gym equipment, swimming pools, and communal baths can reduce the risk. In sports, ensuring that shared protective gear is cleaned between uses can also help prevent transmission. Regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and personal items is another effective measure to avoid spreading the virus.

Yes, Molluscum contagiosum can come back, especially if the immune system does not completely eliminate the virus. The virus can remain dormant in the skin, leading to recurrences even after initial lesions have healed. However, effective treatment like cryotherapy can reduce the risk of recurrence. It’s important to monitor for new lesions and seek treatment promptly if they appear. For more persistent cases, additional cryotherapy sessions may be necessary to fully clear the infection. Always follow post-treatment care instructions to support healing and minimise the chance of recurrence.

Yes, Molluscum contagiosum can be cured. The virus that causes Molluscum contagiosum typically resolves on its own without treatment within 6 to 12 months, although it can sometimes take longer. Treatment options, such as cryotherapy, can speed up the healing process and help prevent the spread of the virus. Cryotherapy involves freezing the lesions with liquid nitrogen, leading to the destruction of the infected tissue.

For a definitive cure, treatments aim to remove the visible lesions. However, because the virus can remain in the skin at a subclinical level, new lesions can sometimes appear after the initial ones have healed. Proper medical treatment and follow-up can significantly reduce the likelihood of recurrence and aid in complete resolution.