Advanced Electrolysis

Skin blemishes treated quickly & easily, with immediate and effective results!

Have your skin blemishes treated here at our clinic located in Radstock near Bath.

A wide diversity of skin blemishes can be quickly and easily treated with immediate and effective results, giving you an eventual blemish free smooth skin.

As an advanced electrolysis specialist based in Somerset, you'll get my utmost care and support when choosing to remove any unwanted blemishes that have affected your confidence and well-being recently or throughout your life. As a BIAE member with advanced electrolysis qualification, you can be rest assured of receiving only the best treatment and care, here at Positive Skin.

Please book a consultation first, so that we can make sure this is the right treatment for you and your skin. 

What can be treated? 

Advanced cosmetic procedures treated by advanced electrolysis

Thread veins

Facial red veins are common skin blemishes. They are permanent dilation of capillaries under the skin, also known as broken capillaries, thread veins or broken veins. They are normally found on more exposed areas of the skin, like the nose and cheeks.

There can be many causes of thread veins, including ageing, allergies, birth marks, medication, alcohol or spicy foods and genetics.

How is it treated?

Depending on how many thread veins need to be treated, more than one treatment may be needed to reduce the thread veins. During the treatment, the thread veins will be cauterised and stop the blood flow through the thread veins.

Please note, we do not treat thread veins on the lower body including legs.

You must follow the aftercare to ensure the treatment is successful.

Milia

Tiny white hard spots containing keratin which lie under the surface of the skin. Often associated with dry or dehydrated skin. They can be incorrectly referred to as whiteheads.

How is it treated?

For milia removal the probe is inserted into the milia with the current on, which breaks down the keratin, with hardly any noticeable damage to the skin.
multiple Milia under the eyes
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Skin tags

Skin tags are benign growths of epithelial tissue and can vary in shape and size. They are very common and found more frequently on the face and neck. They often appear in a mushroom shape and vary in size, from a tiny speck to the size of a pea. mainly found in areas of friction; underarm, groin, under breasts or on the neck where necklaces can cause friction.

How is it treated?

The skin tag can be cut off with the electrolysis probe and cauterised with the current. If the skin tag is close to the eye, then it would be cauterised and left to gently fall off after a week.
close up picture of large skin tag
blood spots on the skin

Blood spots

Blood spots are also known as cherry angiomas and when they are larger dome shaped they can also be referred to as Campbell de Morgans. Blood spots are bright red superficial vascular blemishes, these are often dome-shaped or slightly raised and more frequently on the midriff. 

They are completely harmless vascular blemish and can grow up to the size of a penny.

How is it treated?

The blood spots are gently cauterised with the current to ensure no bleeding. Depending on the size of the blood spot, if it is a large Campbell de Morgan then more than one treatment may be required.
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before and after picture of large mole removal by advanced electrolysis

Moles

Hairs from moles can also be treated and once the hair is removed the mole may reduce in size.

Moles are often a brownish colour, although can be darker or skin coloured. They can be flat or raised, usually circular or oval with a smooth edge. Most moles develop in childhood and early adult life, after the age of 30 new ones starts to decrease. 

If you are unsure about your mole please see your GP before looking for any treatment.

How is it treated?

Moles are not removed with electrolysis, they are only reduced in size. For complete removal please see your GP. 

Raised moles can be reduced in size and potentially colour, by cauterising the mole and shrinking it gradually. Large moles may need more than one treatment.

Warts

Warts are small rough viral growths on the skin. They are very common and caused by direct skin to skin contact, or indirectly sharing, like swimming pool changing room floors. 

They are an infection of the keratinocyte by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). 

Warts vary in shape and sizes.

Common warts are firm raised growths. They are rough and crusty surfaces, which resemble a cauliflower.

A verruca is also known as a plantar wart. They are found on the soles of the feet. A verruca is usually a pink/white area and can be speckled with black dots. They can vary in size and shape. Most are painless, but some can cause discomfort, depending on where it is on the foot.

How is it treated?

Both the common wart and verucca can be treated very effectively with advanced electrolysis. The probe is inserted into the wart with the current on, to stimulate the body's natural immune system to fight off the HPV and the outside of the warts are tapped with the probe to break down the wart.
common wart on finger
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Plane & Filiform warts

Plane warts are round, flat topped and can be yellow/brown or flesh coloured. They are commonly found on the backs of the hands, face and shins.

Filiform warts are very distinctive. They are long and slender, with frond-like growths (almost finger-like). Filiform warts are usually found on the eyelids, face , neck or lips.

How is it treated?

Both the plane and filiform wart can be gently removed with the electrolysis probe, cauterising the blood flow at the same time.
filiform wart on chin
close up picture of seborrhoeic wart on shoulder

Seborrhoeic wart / Keratosis

Seborrhoeic Keratosis are a benign, asymptomatic and non-viral proliferation of epidermal cells primarily caused by ageing. 

These are also part of the wart family although not contagious, mainly found on the head, face or torso. Associated with ageing and mature skin and sun damage, but can also have genetic links. They can grow up to 2 inches and are often dry and crusty, considering them cosmetically unattractive.

How is it treated?

Seborrheic Keratosis can be removed gently with the electrolysis probe, with the current cauterising the blood flow at the same time.

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra is a common papular disorder, which histology is identical to the Seborrhoeic Keratosis. Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra usually develops in adolescence and can only be found in skin type 5 and 6. They are not contagious and can easily be treated.

How is it treated?

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra can be cauterised with the electrolysis current and will gradually fall off after a week.

Syringoma and Xanthelasma Palpebrarum

Syringoma is harmless eccrine sweat duct tumours. They are non-contagious, flesh coloured elevations of the skin, usually found around the eyes. But can also be found on the face, underarms, chest or genitals.

Xanthelasma palpebrarum are blemishes that are caused by deposits of cholesterol under the surface of the skin. They range in size from very small to 3 centimetres in diameter.

How is it treated?

Both Syringoma and Xanthelasma Palpebrarum are treatable with advanced electrolysis. The probe with the current on gently taps the treatment area to break it down. This is not a pain free experience and depending on the severity, may need more than one treatment to completely clear.

Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Sebaceous Hyperplasia is a common benign condition of the sebaceous glands. Usually seen in adults middle age and above. Newborn babies have been affected by them too. It will present as one or multiple creamy to yellow papules, that often look like a doughnut with a hole in the middle. Found mainly on the face, particularly around the nose, cheeks and forehead.

How is it treated?

Sebaceous Hyperplasia can be treated with advanced electrolysis, by tapping the raised areas and cauterising the blood flow. Shrinking it down after a few days. More treatments may be needed depending on the size and the amount.

Frequently asked questions

What is the aftercare?

The area will be red, slightly swollen and may even feel hot.
Please do not touch the treated area and under no circumstances remove any crusts or scabs that may appear.
The area must be treated similarly to a burn.
Apply aftercare lotion regularly with clean hands or fresh cotton wool, twice a day for 3 days.
Do nothing to cause sweating or dilation of the capillaries e.g. exercise, hot foods or alcohol.
Avoid the possible causes of thread veins when appropriate, tight fitting glasses, squeezing spots or blowing nose hard.
Do not fly within 48 hours following capillary treatment.
No saunas, sunbeds, sunbathing, facial steaming, facial scrubs until completely healed.
Stay out of direct sunlight for at least 48 hours and cover up as much as possible.
Avoid any possible skin sensitisers or irritants such as perfumes, fake tans or perfumed body lotions.
No swimming until completely healed, chemicals from the pool are very harsh and can irritate.
If there are any scabs or ‘crusting’ of the skin after treatment, please ensure they stay on the skin and fall off naturally. Any scabs that are picked or pulled at can cause scarring and hinder the healing.

Does it hurt?

It is not the most comfortable treatment to have and there are several aspects of the questions to take into account. 

First is your own pain threshold, are you very sensitive? Then the area that needs to be treated; underarms, underbust and groin can be the most sensitive to treat.

How much will it cost?

Advanced electrolysis is charged depending on blemishes being treated. 

This varies between £65 for a wart treatment and up to £120 for 10 - 30 skin tag removals. 

Book a skin blemish consultation to discuss how we can help or if you have some questions you can arrange a Telephone call.

How many treatments will I need?

Any blemish that is cut off will be instantly gone and will only need one treatment, for example skin tags or seborrheic keratosis.

However, a blemish that is being shrunk in size may need more than one, for example warts, verrucas, blood spots or moles.

How long will it take to heal?

To get the best results, you must follow the aftercare advice (please see above). Any scabbing or crusts will stay on for around a week, depending on your healing rate (fast healers can be 3-5 days, normal healing 5-7 days and a slow healer can take up to two weeks). 

After the scabbing has fallen off naturally, it will still take 4 weeks and maybe longer depending on your healing rate, to heal internally. So precautions like wearing SPF to help with the pigmentation of the skin will still be required.

I hope this satisfies any questions or queries you may have, if you have any more or are unsure about any of the above please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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