Thread Veins, Skin Tags, Warts, Milia etc
Advanced Cosmetic Procedure (ACP) treatments using surgical electrolysis are becoming increasingly popular as knowledge about these fantastic treatments increases.
A wide diversity of skin blemishes can be quickly and easily treated very effective results.
Facial Thread Veins
These are not broken capillaries but rather permanently dilated capillaries. They have very thin walls which constantly dilate and constrict. As we age, these vessels lose their elasticity and can become permanently dilated.
These are bright red vascular blemishes which lie just under the surface of the skin. They are dome shaped or slightly raised and are most common on the trunk or torso and particularly the midriff back or front. Most people aged over 30 have at least one and they are even more common in men than women.
A Spider Naevus is a central dilated blood vessel, with smaller capillaries radiating from it like legs of a spider. They can be found in isolation or gathered together in clumps on areas such as the cheeks.
Skin Tags are very common and most frequently found on the neck and face. They often appear with a neck like a mushroom and vary in size from a tiny speck, smaller than a grain of uncooked rice, to the size of a large pea or even larger.
These are tiny white hard lumps containing keratin which lie superficially under the surface of the skin and can be easily treated with ACP techniques. Their exact cause is unknown although they are often associated with dry skin which can be acidic.
There are various types of warts, including plane, common, seborrhoeic and verrucas. All can be easily and successfully treated. Warts can develop individually or in clusters. Seborrhoeic warts become more common with increasing age and can grow up to two inches across.
Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra
Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra is a common disorder which develops in adolescence on black skin and is identified by smooth, dome shaped, brown to black papules seen mainly on the cheeks, neck and upper chest.
Age spots can often be reduced in appearance and sometimes removed completely depending on the pigment in each individual case.
Seborrhoeic warts, which are also known as Seborrhoeic Keratoses, are most often found on the body, but they are also common on the head, face and neck. They are non-viral benign growths, which can vary from a pale fleshy colour to dark brown. They usually have a rough surface, which can be waxy or crumbly looking and can feel itchy too. Seborrhoeic warts become more common with increasing age and vary in size.
Hairs from moles can be treated at Smoothies Beauty Clinic whose therapists are trained in ACP techniques. A GP’s written agreement must be obtained before treatment. Once treatment has started the mole may be reduced in size and colour. Hairs in moles are generally deep terminal hairs generally with a very rich blood supply to them. They normally respond very well and quickly to surgical electrolysis. To achieve permanent results repeated treatments are required. We specialise in the reduction of moles, providing the mole is suitable to treat, even if there are no hairs.
Following the treatment of a mole you may experience:
- Warmth and a slight reddening and/or swelling of the skin in the area
- The surface of the mole may initially appear white in the treated area and a scab will form which should be left to naturally fall away. It can take several weeks after the initial scab falls away before the fading and equalisation of colour is complete and the final results are apparent. An exact match in colour to the surrounding skin can never be guaranteed.
- The skin may feel itchy as a response to the histamine reaction.
Ask your skin specialist at Smoothies Beauty Clinic for advice about many treatable skin conditions such as sebaceous cysts, age spots, xanthelasma and other blemishes.
Your questions answered
What actually happens in advanced electrolysis?
When treating dilated capillaries the tip of the finest, smallest probe possible (about the size of an eyelash) is introduced along the line of the capillary and a tiny energy current is discharged. This ‘dries up’ and destroys the vessel which often disappears as it is being treated. Further treatments may be necessary depending on the severity of the problem.
In the case of skin tags, the current destroys the vessels ‘feeding’ the blemish thus ‘starving’ it of nourishment resulting in its eventual demise.
Will my blemishes return?
The treated blemish will not return but others may occur depending on the root cause. Your skin specialist will advise you during consultation.
How long does it take and how many treatments will I require?
ACP treatments are safe and effective and offer instantaneous results in many cases. Length of treatment very much depends on the problem and your skin specialist will advise you of this although it is difficult to state a definitive time.
The area worked on must not be over-treated and your skin reactivity will be taken into account. Spacing technique and treatment intervals will be carefully considered in a treatment plan by the professional as well as taking into account your requirements, needs and wishes.
Mixing laser and electrolysis methods
When treating thread veins, blood spots and spider naevus, we may offer you the choice of treatment with Polaris Laser rather than Surgical Electrolysis. The method recommended will be determined by the blemishes, the condition of the skin and your compatibility.
How much does the treatment cost?
You pay for the length of time you are treated with a minimum of 15 minutes.
The skin specialist will be pleased to offer you a consultation and price estimate.
15 minutes treatment £45.00
30 minutes treatment £85.00
Each additional 15 minutes treatment or part thereof £37.50