Frequently Asked Questions
Red Veins and Rosacea
These are not ‘broken capillaries’ but permanently dilated capillaries. The thin, singular cell wall structure of the fine facial capillaries dilate and constrict constantly in order to control the body temperature and their elasticity weakens and they can become permanently dilated. Their visibility is often exacerbated by the breakdown of the skin’s supporting network of collagen and elastin and ageing, thinning skin.
There are numerous causes for Telangiectasia including: ageing, hereditary and genetic causes, pregnancy, hormones, general skin fragility, smoking, extreme sports, temperature extremes and harsh weather exposure.
A course of treatments is often needed and spaced out prevent skin damage. The accurate positioning of the probe over the blood vessel and a gentle tap that applies current to the skin’s surface causes that tiny section of vessel to immediately disappear. Treatment sessions are usually for example 15 minutes per cheek.
Rosacea can sometimes also have dilated capillaries increasing the appearance of the redness to the skin. Reducing the appearance of the blood vessels using ACP can be very beneficial in reducing the appearance of rosacea, although it may initially trigger a rosacea attack, this is relatively rare and only a temporary consequence of the long-term positive results.
Small Blood Spots (Campbell de Morgan Spots or Cherry Angioma)
They present themselves as slightly raised or dome shaped red spots 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. Larger ones (50p size+) will need more than one treatment. Smaller ones often disappear at time of treatment.
Skin Tags (Fibroepithelial polyp/papilloma)
Skin Tags are a common fibrous skin condition found in areas of friction such as the armpits, under the breasts, groin or around the neck where necklaces or collars may irritate. They often present 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 larger. 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.
ACP is probably the quickest, easiest way of removing skin tages of all sizes, in a safe and effective manner.
There are two different methods of skin tag removal for different types of tags:
1) Small skin tags with no neck: The probe is rested on the skin tag, the current generates heat and the tag sticks to the probe and is removed.
2) Larger skin tags with a neck: The skin tag is lifted with tweezers and using the tip of the probe generates a heat current across the neck of the tag, the heat is continued back and forth until the tag come off. It only takes seconds but will vary on the size of the tag.
Millia are small white lumps lying superficially under the surface of the skin. They are a retention of keratin and sebaceous material within the pilosebaceous duct, eccrine sweat duct, or the sebaceous collar surrounding vellus hair. Their exact cause is unknown although they are often related to diet with a high cholesterol count, excessive Vitamin C, too rich moisturising cream and are also associated with dry skin which can be acidic.
They can all be treated easily with ACP 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.
Age spots, liver spots, sun spots, brown spots or solar lentigo, these benign areas of discolouration commonly appear on our hands, neck, shoulders and face as we get older. They are caused by a build up of melanin and ‘lipofucin’ in the connective tissue and are completely harmless.
Avanced electrolysis is extremely effective and accurate at giving ‘immediate’ results. Using a very fine electrolysis needle and diathermy current a tiny section of the age spot is lifted from the underlying tissue and the colour underneath is observed. If the tiny area exposed 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.
Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra
Small to medium, raised benign skin lesion which varies in colour from brown to black. They are usually found on the face, in particular around the eye area, and tend to be more common on dark-skinned individuals.
The cause is unknown, but generally appear after puberty, and grow in size and number with age. They can be hereditary.
Seborrhoeic keratosis is a benign, asymptomatic mass, primarily caused by the ageing process. It is also known as seborrhoeic warts, senile warts, barnacles or basal cell papilloma. They have a thick wart-like surface and are usually colourless when they appear and become brown to black over time. Seborrhoeic keratosis can be confused with other skin conditions, so it is advisable to seek a GP’s advice before visiting an electrologist.
One month after a diathermy treatment skin is fully restored with new smooth skin and no markings.
Contraindications & After Care
Unfortunately not all treatments are for everyone. Please check our contraindications list to make sure you avoid disappointment.
Heart conditions (uncontrolled)
High blood pressure (uncontrolled)
Cancer (all forms)
Undergoing chemotherapy or immune therapy
Active Herpes/cold sores (on treatment area)
Depilatory creams (wait 2 weeks)
Recent waxing/plucking (all electrolysis based hair removal treatments require there to be a follicle to target)
Following your treatment, do not touch or scratch the area treated. Bacteria can cause a breakout.
Do not wash or wear make-up over the treated area for 24 hours.
Avoid perfume or alcohol-based products. They will dry out your skin. You can wipe the area with witch hazel, if needed.
Avoid excessive sweating. Do not use a steam room, sauna, jacuzzi or exercise for 24 hours or until the redness has subsided. Exercise before your electrolysis appointment instead of afterwards.
Avoid the sun for the next 72 hours to avoid pigment spots.
Do not swim in a chlorinated pool for the first 48 hours following treatment.
If small scabs appear, do not scratch them away. This can cause scarring. Allow them to fall off naturally. This is nature零 way of healing the follicle that we have treated.
Occasionally one or more tiny bruises may appear in the treatment area. These occur when an electrolysis probe affects a capillary (small blood vessel) feeding the follicle. Expect the bruising to fade over a few days.
Remember: Some re-growth is to be expected. If you will return when the first re-growth occurs, the roots are shorter and weaker and therefore can be treated more effectively.
What to do in between treatments
Do not tweeze or wax hairs in the treatment area in between treatments because this will delay the growth cycle and will increase the treatment time. Clipping or shaving is allowed because this method doesn’t interfere with the growth cycle.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Dehydrated skin means you will need more treatments to permanently destroy the follicle. Moisture is needed for better conductivity of the electricity. A daily application of very moisturising cream is recommended.
Drink a lot of water the day before, day of, and the day after your treatments. Electrolysis relies on moisture in the follicle to be effective. Drinking lots of water the day after your treatment helps the skin heal faster.
Use sunscreen every day. The fewer pigment cells there are, the less chance there is for hypo- or hyperpigmentation problems (the chance is very small, but we prefer to be on the safest side possible).
How much does it Cost?
We price the treatment in time. This way we can treat as much as we can in the time booked.
10 minutes £50.00
20 minutes £70.00
30 minutes £100.00
60 minutes £150.00
If the same blemish is needing more than one treatment we give a 50% discount all treatment on those belmishes.
Which Therapists Provide this Treatment?
Find out more about each therapist at Meet the Team