Skin blemish removal using Advanced Electrolysis (electro-cauterisation)
Also known as Advanced Cosmetic Procedures (ACP)
Advanced cosmetic procedures is a safe and effective form of skin blemish reduction using electrolysis and is non-surgical and non-invasive. Electrolysis is best known as a permanent hair removal method which works by passing an electrical current into the root of the hair follicle and destroying it. However, electrical current can also be used to remove skin blemishes such as skin tags, milia and thread veins. The electrical current passes down a probe and into the skin where it effectively cauterises the blemish enabling it to be removed without surgery and with minimal discomfort. In most cases, only a couple of treatments may be needed to achieve results.
This treatment has been successfully used for many decades having started in the early 1900’s where electrolysis was often used to treat broken capillaries, warts, spider naevi, port-wine marks and even xanthoma (yellow pigmented spots on the eye lids). Since then the technologies and techniques have continually progressed, and we use the most up to date Apilus and Sterex equipment and update our training regularly.
Monica is an experienced electrologist and is a registered BIAE member, and has post graduate certificates in Level 4 Advanced Electrolysis and in Advanced Cosmetic Procedures. Monica has been accredited with MASCED UK for the early detection and prevention of skin cancer and melanoma since 2018 and has also undertaken dermascopy training. We do not treat pigmented moles or any new or growing skin lesion of any type and advise our clients to monitor any change in skin blemish or mole and seek medical advice quickly if there is any change for example in colour, shape or growth.
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At The Skin and Beauty Clinic our aim is to help you achieve ‘your best skin possible’ and an individual treatment plan will be devised according to your specific skin needs.
Below is a list of the skin imperfections that may be treated, but please note that not all conditions listed may be treated safely and effectively in all persons. A consultation and patch test is needed to assess suitability for treatment, and the treatment and aftercare will be fully explained to you.
Facial Thread Veins (Telangiectasia)
Common on the face and legs as we age, these are either broken or permanently dilated capillaries, which are the smallest blood vessels we have. They have very thin walls which constantly dilate and constrict. As we age, these vessels lose their elasticity and can become permanently dilated. Ageing, pregnancy, smoking, energetic sports, harsh weather and hormones are just a few of the many causes. Please note that not all types of thread veins can be treated with ACP, such as deeper, darker or swollen veins.
Blood Spots (Campbell de Morgans)
These are bright red vascular blemishes which lie just under the surface of the skin, also known as ‘cherry angiomas’. They are dome shaped or slightly raised. They’re commonly found on the chest and abdomen but can appear anywhere. Most people over the age of 30 have at least one, and they are more common in men.
Spider Veins (Spider Naevus)
A spider Naevus is a central dilated blood vessel which has smaller capillaries coming from it, like the legs of spiders. They can be on their own or clumped in groups on the cheeks, legs and other areas.
These are tiny hard white lumps containing keratin which lie just under the surface of the skin. They are easily treated with advanced electrolysis. Their actual cause is unknown, but they’re often found on people with dry or acidic skin and are common are the eye area.
Skin Tags (Verruca Filiforms, Fibroepithelial Polyp/Papilloma or Filiform Warts)
Skin tags are very common and are mainly found on the neck, under the arms and in women they are common under the breasts and the bikini line. They often appear with a neck somewhat like a mushroom and vary in size. They can be smaller than a grain of uncooked rice or larger than a broad bean. They are mainly caused by friction, for example around the neck where necklaces and collars rub the skin.
Seborrheic keratosis, or seborrheic warts, are not contagious and can grow up to two inches across with a crusty and dry appearance. They are sometimes referred to as ‘senile’ warts, as they are more common with increasing age and sun damage. They can be found in large numbers on sun exposed areas such as the back and face, but can appear on any part of the body. We ask that you get any pigmented skin blemish checked by the GP before considering cosmetic treatment, and that you contact your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any changes in the size or appearance of the skin blemish.
Cosmetic Blemish Reduction
All types of facial blemishes such as sebaceous cysts or hyperplasia and non pigmented moles can respond very well to Electrolysis treatment and can reduce in size and overall appearance. We only treat the upper skin layers by heat dessication and we do not treat or remove the underlying skin tissues.
Skin blemishes may change in size or appearance, and we advise checking your moles regularly and seeing your doctor immediately if you are concerned or if you notice any changes (e.g. change in colour, shape or size, any discharge or irritation). We only treat non-pigmented skin blemishes that have been previously checked and identified by a GP or specialist and we require written consent to treat for cosmetic reduction. We will refuse treatment and recommend referral if we are at all in doubt as your safety is our out most priority.
NB: We are NOT medical professionals and cannot identify, diagnose treat or cure skin conditions. If you are in doubt or concerned, we advise that you see your GP or doctor at the earliest possibility.