Treatments

 

Advanced electrolysis successfully treats many skin imperfections including Telangiectasia, (thread veins) Campbell de Morgans (Cherry Spots), Spider Naevi, Skin Tags and Milia to name just a few of the 21+ blemishes that can be effectively and successfully treated with electrolysis.

Telangiectasis

A Greek word meaning ‘end vessel dilation’. These are not ‘broken capillaries’ as so often named,  but permanently dilated capillaries. 

The very thin walls (just one cell thick) of the fine facial capillaries dilate and constrict constantly throughout life to regulate the body’s temperature. The appearance of thread veins is definitely considered part of the ageing process and because of these various reasons people are very motivated when they discover just how easily and effectively thread veins removal is using electrolysis.

A course of advanced electrolysis is often advised for telangiectasia so that treatments can be spaced out to prevent skin damage or hyper-pigmentation.  Treatment sessions are usually 15 minutes per cheek.  

Campbell de Morgan Spots

Named after Campbell Grieg De Morgan (1811-1876) a British surgeon who was the first to note them, in medical literature these vascular blemishes are also known as Cherry Angioma or Blood Spots. They present themselves as slightly raised or dome shaped and are of unknown origin. They are mostly seen on the trunk in middle aged and elderly clients and are even more common in men than women.

They are treated with Diathermy only. Larger ones (50p size+) will need more than one treatment. Smaller ones often disappear at time of treatment.

Red Vein Removal/Broken Capillaries

Most red skin lesions can be successfully treated including facial red veins, rosacea and spider naevi – leaving the skin smooth and blemish-free.  We offer a free consultation prior to your appointment to check suitability. Treatment can be carried out on the same day.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are a common skin condition resembling a soft small piece of hanging skin.  Derived from skin cells and composed of loose fibrous tissue they can present as either single or multiple. Skin tag removal treatment in ultra sensitive areas such as the breasts, groin, genitalia and eyes, is a skill requiring much dexterity as well as a high level of experience and expertise.  It is of vital importance to choose a highly qualified professional to perform the intricate precise work involved in electrolysis skin tag removal as areas are sensitive and there are greater risks involved. Electrolysis is a quick, easy, safe and effective method of Skin tag removal.

They are viral in nature (Human Papilloma Virus HPV) and whilst not infectious they can proliferate on individuals with some people suffering from hundreds of them. 

Spider Naevus

Spider Naevus a central dilated blood vessel, with smaller capillaries radiating from it like the legs of a spider can be individually isolated blemishes or can be multiple in areas such as the cheeks or chest area. They can, if apparent in isolation, be a result of a trauma to the skin.

Certain conditions can make them worse including extreme heat and cold, obesity, pregnancy, stress or pressure on the area. Several spider naevus appearing spontaneously is a cause for concern as it might indicate liver disease. They can be treated with Blend or Diathermy methods although they can be quite resilient and more than one treatment may be necessary.

Milia

Lying very superficially under the epidermis milia present themselves as small white lipid-epithelium plugs which contain lamellated keratin deposits and often show as hard, solid lumps lying in the superficial papillary dermis. They are a retention of keratin and sebaceous material within the pilosebaceous duct, eccrine sweat duct, or the sebaceous collar surrounding vellus hair.  

They can all be treated easily with advanced electrolysis techniques using diathermy (AC) which gently dries them up so that the hard keratinised centre is broken down and this will then be absorbed by the skin following treatment. This is a much gentler way to treat them, as opposed to removing them with a microlance, which can damage the skin. Milia tend to grow in size, become harder (as the contents keratinize) and then become noticeable to the eye and cosmetically unattractive.

Warts

There are various types of warts, including flat (plane) raised (common) and verrucas (plantar – on the feet). They are benign epidermal tumours which are contagious (human papilloma virus) and all can be treated. Warts can develop individually or in clusters and can spontaneously disappear.  Plane or flat warts occur mostly on the face, backs of hands and wrists. Hygiene must be of the highest importance to avoid cross infection and if not treated they may spread. Treatment is performed using diathermy.

Mole Removal/Reduction

A mole itself is easily treated but rather than ‘removing’ we ‘visibly reduce the appearance’ of the mole by doing this there will be no scars left on the skin from stitches.

During the Consultation, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire and collect a form to be signed by your GP prior to Treatment.

Age Spots

Age Spots are caused by an accumulation of a yellow pigment called lipofuscin from ageing of the collagen producing cells. They are very common on the hands and face of middle aged and elderly patients and are usually despised by them as they are recognised as a sign of increasing age. During the consultation your therapist will carry out a small patch test to see if the underlining tissues beneath the treatment area is lighter in colour removal can go ahead with varying degrees of success. If the pigment underneath the tiny section lifted is the same colour as the age spot itself the pigment goes deep into the dermis and treatment will not be successful.  The treatment time can vary between 15 minutes and an hour, depending on the area to be treated and the number of Age Spots to be removed.

Xanthomas

Xanthelasma Palpebera is the common type which appears on the eyelids and presents itself as flat yellowish growths on the eyelid close to the nose. Resembling a butter bean and causing no pain they are successfully treated using Diathermy. They reduce in size and appearance although the milky yellowy colour remains and more than one treatment is often required over a period of time.

Syringoma 

Syringomas are benign eccrine gland tumours presenting as flattish papules or plates found around the eye socket area in particular under the eye and are non-contagious flesh colour elevations of the skin. They range from 1–3 mm in diameter and are firm to the touch. They are easily treated with diathermy and advanced electrolysis techniques.

A 15 to 30 minute treatment is recommended, depending on the area to be treated and the number of blemishes.

Molluscum Contagiosum

This is a common condition of small ‘warty pearly’ white or slightly pink lumps on the skin each lump being round, firm and about 1-5mm across. It is a contagious virus and typically each molluscum lasts about 6-12 weeks, crusts over and then goes. New ones tend to appear as old ones fade as the virus spreads to other areas of skin. Therefore ‘crops’ appear and go for several months and it can take 12-18 months before the last goes completely.  Electrolysis using diathermy can be successfully utilised to desiccate each molluscum.

Seborrhoeic Keratosis

Seborrhoeic Keratosis classified within the wart family but these differ in the fact that they are not contagious. They present as raised and appear frequently as several lesions on covered body sites and are also quite common on the face in older people. 

 The dry, scaly, crusty appearance often with a cleft surface and a superficial ‘stuck on’ appearance are helpful identification points. They can be tiny or large even up to two inches across and can be removed with diathermy (AC) simply and effectively.

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigrais peculiar to black skin and is a common papular disorder which develops in adolescence. These present as smooth, dome shaped, brown to black papules seen mainly on the cheeks, neck and upper chest. These are generally a very common disorder and the famous actor Morgan Freeman has many of these on his face. They are very easily and successfully treated using diathermy and advanced electrolysis techniques.

Sebaceous Cysts

Sebaceous Cyst or (Steatoma) is retention of keratin trapped under the surface of the skin trapped within a sebaceous sac which is created from skin cells. They are painless, slow-growing, small bumps or lumps that move freely under the skin and to the trained eye, are usually easily diagnosed by their appearance.

If small, the most gentle and least invasive method is electrolysis which is proving very successful. If electrolysis is performed it may be necessary to treat the nodule more than once depending on its size and location and successful treatment cannot always be guaranteed as every cyst is very individual in nature. 

An electrolysis needle is inserted into the sebaceous cyst a number of times and the A/C, RF diathermy current is expelled and held within the skin overgrowth. The heat softens the contents of the cyst and immediately following the application of the current the contents (or some of the contents) may be able to be excised from the nodule. This, however, is not always the case and apart from generalised erythema (redness) the nodule may not look any different initially following treatment. Over the next week or so the nodule should reduce in size, irrespective of whether contents are expelled. Further treatment will almost certainly be required and no guarantees offered, however positive feedback is forthcoming from those treated by the use of electrolysis.

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We offer a free assessment to anyone considering this procedure to make sure they are suitable. Call us on 0113 8715922 / 07592703585 / email us to discuss further or to book your consultation.