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How does Electrolysis work to remove skin blemishes?

Short wave diathermy electrolysis uses a high frequency alternating current to produce heat applied via a suitably sized electrolysis needle on to skin tissue resulting in cautery or coagulation which effectively facilitates treatment and removal of specific skin blemishes.

How does the treatment feel?

There is mild discomfort likened to the sensation of a bee sting. Tolerance levels vary from person to person therefore the operator will suggest suitable methods of alleviating the discomfort.

How is the treatment carried out?

A tiny sterilised needle is used with a burst of energy. This is released into or onto the blemish depending on the procedure you require. Generally this has a result of cauterization or coagulation on skin tissue and produces effective results.

Am I suitable for treatment?

The operator will assess suitability during the consultation checking skin type, skin colour and skin healing. Restrictions are very rare however hypersensitive and dark skins may require a patch test.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are very uncommon, but immediately following the treatment the area may be red, sore and bumpy. Healing times vary depending on skin type and type of blemish removed however generally reactions should subside within a few hours or may extend to a number of days. It is important to remember that developing scabs can be part of the normal healing process and should not be picked to prevent hindering the healing process and possible permanent skin damage.

How many treatments are necessary?

The total number of sessions needed to remove blemishes permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. The area must not be over-treated and skin reaction will be taken into account. Spacing technique and treatment intervals will be carefully considered in a treatment plan by the professional as well as your requirements, needs and wishes.

Consultation Procedure

Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted which includes documenting the client’s medical history to confirm suitability for treatment and the specific problem requiring treatment. All information documented must be confirmed with the client’s signature. This is also a good opportunity for clients to ask any questions they may have to allay any fears.

How long does each treatment take?

The minimum treatment time is 15 minutes increasing by 15 minute blocks. The length of session is discussed and decided between the client and operator.

Before and After examples

Comedones (Blackheads)

Blackheads are open plugs of sebum commonly found around nostrils, chin, forehead, chest and back. Electrolysis can be used to assist the removal of stubborn blackheads.

Thread veins

Capilliary networks such as those commonly found on the nose

Seborrhoeic warts

Raised lesions resembling moles with a rough surface in varying sizes and shades of brown commonly found on the face and torso

Milia (Whiteheads)

Whiteheads are tiny raised hard closed plugs of sebum commonly found under the eyes and around the cheekbones

Spider Naevi

Single dilated capilliaries commonly found on the nose

Skin Tags

Small soft often pigmented dangly papules commonly found on the neck and underarms


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