CryoProbe FAQ

How many models are there?

 

There are currently (4/19/16) 4 models:

What gas does the CryoProbe use?

 

The CryoProbe uses Nitrous Oxide.

How many treatments can I perform per cartridge?

 

You have about 100 seconds of gas flow per 8 grams of nitrous oxide. The freezing penetrates tissue at a rate of about 1mm per 5 seconds. So if you have a lesion that’s 2mm deep, you would need 10 seconds of continuous gas flow, depending on the diameter of the treatment area. You can expect to treat 1-3 patients per 8 grams of nitrous oxide.

What is the average cost per treatment?

 

As an example, an 8 gram cartridge costs about $7. If you treat 2 patients with that cartridge, that’s about $3.50 per patient.

How much can I charge per treatment?

 

Since there are so many different treatment options, it’s hard to give an exact price. On average, you’ll find you charge about $75 – $100 per customer. If a customer comes in specifically for treatment with the CryoProbe, you’ll want to charge more per lesion. If on the other hand, they come in for something unrelated and you find a lesion to remove, you might charge less as an “add-on” service.

At what temperature does the CryoProbe operate?

 

Nitrous Oxide delivers a temperature of -127°F/-89°C. It will create an in-tissue temperature of between -122°F/-50°C within 10 seconds, largely enough for all benign lesions.

What lesions can the CryoProbe treat?

 

Warts, skin tags, solar lentigo, pigmented spots, actinic keratoses, seborrheic keratoses, Hemangioma, molluscum contagiosum, condyloma, plantar warts, and more…

How many treatments does it typically take?

 

For smaller treatments, one treatment is usually enough (age spots, skin tags, actinic keratoses). Warts will typically need a second and sometimes even a third treatment. Treatments should be spaced roughly 2 weeks apart.

Are there any special requirements for treatments on darker skin?

 

When treating patients with darker skin, it is important to decrease the treatment times to reduce the chances of hypopigmentation.

Is there any aftercare or post treatment necessary?

 

There is no need for specific aftercare other than protecting the treated area. The patient can resume normal activity immediately but may want to use sunscreen to protect the area. The only other precaution is to tell the patient not to pick at or scratch the treated area. Picking or scratching may create an open wound which could result in scarring.

Do the cartridges have a shelf life?

 

An unopened cartridge has a shelf life of 24 months.

What is the difference between the CryoClear and the CryoProbe?

 

CryoClear uses a 16 gram cartridge and the entire unit is disposable. With the CryoProbe, depending on the unit, you can use 8, 16, or 23.5 gram cartridges and only the cartridge is disposable.

The CryoClear uses CO2 (carbon dioxide) whereas the CryoProbe uses N2O (Nitrous Oxide). The temperature of CO2 is a little unclear because it doesn’t freeze the same way as nitrous oxide does, but, it is not as cold as N2O (maybe -100° compared to -127° with nitrous oxide).

At the time of this writing, CryoClear typically sells for $300 for a single unit or $500 for a twin pack. One 16 gram cartridge might treat 10 patients, so your cost per patient is $25 to $30 per patient. The CryoProbe has a 16 gram cartridge that sells for $15 and an 8 gram that sells for $7.50. If you can treat 10 patients with a 16 gram cartridge, that brings your cost per treatment down to $1.50 for the CryoProbe.

Of course, you have to buy the CryoProbe device which ranges from $1,875 to $3,285. However, this price includes several cartridges. When you really drill down and compare the CryoProbe vs Cryoclear side by side, one really stands out. Let’s examine these numbers more closely.

The CryoProbe X sells for $3,285 and includes (12) 16 gram cartridges and (24) 8 gram cartriges. That would be the equivalent of 24 CryoClear units. If CryoClear sells them in a 2-pack for $500, that’s (12) 2-packs and the total cost is $6,000. That comes out to $2,715 more than the CryoProbe X. Need I mention that, after you run out of cartridges with the CryoProbe, you simply buy more cartridges at $15 a piece (for 16 gram cartridges)? When you run out of CryoClear, you’ll need to buy them at 2 for $500 again.

What is the difference between the CryoMega and the CryoProbe?

 

See example in the tab above regarding the CyroClear. When comparing the CryoMega vs CryoProbe, all of the numbers for the above example (CryoClear vs CryoProbe) are the same. The only difference is that CryoMega uses N2O, just like the CryoProbe.