Advanced Cosmetic Procedures (ACP) Blemish Removal
Many skin issues cannot now be treated by doctors and the NHS, so we are here to find you the best and most affordable skin treatments to quickly and safely produce solutions to resolve your concerns.
ACP (advanced cosmetic procedures) uses thermolysis/diathermy Electrolysis to permanently remove unwanted skin blemishes such as skin tags, warts, moles, thread veins (telangiectasis), blood spots, mila and much more. Blemishes such as these can be disfiguring though can be removed quickly by ACP with little or no residual marking on the skin.
Advanced electrolysis is a cost effective and permanent solution to skin imperfections. It is essential a thorough consultation with test patch or small treatment is taken to gather the correct information and discuss the possibilities of this fantastic treatment.
- Please consult your GP if you are unsure of any skin blemishes and growths. Certain medical conditions restrict treatment.
What you need to know – here are the most frequently asked questions
Many of us suffer with minor skin blemishes that can affect our confidence. These issues are much more common than many people would think, due to a combination of factors including ageing, UV Damage and certain health conditions.
Electrolysis has been used for more than 100 years to treat problems such as broken capillaries, spider naevi and warts. It has progressed dramatically with the ongoing development of modern technology and is a simple and safe technique. Electrolysis is used to successfully remove, visibly reduce and improve the appearance of unwanted skin blemishes, offering immediate and effective results.
How does it work?
- Advanced Electrolysis is a treatment that uses a Thermolysis current and a very fine needle to either cauterise or lift away the superficial epidermis, depending on the type of blemish that is being treated. A natural healing process takes place over 7-14 days.
Why is a consultation appointment needed?
- A consultation is given before any advanced electrolysis treatment; this entails a short questionnaire about any health issues that may affect the treatment.
- Where appropraite we will try a ‘test patch’ in an area which is not too noticeable in case of adverse reaction. This allows you to ‘experience’ the feel of the treatment, to see the benefits and for Nicole to access the healing rate of your skin.
- We also assess the blemish and fully explain the treatment needed, how it will be done, the time it will take, the price and any aftercare required.
- This is so all our clients are fully informed about the procedure and feel comfortable and relaxed when they go ahead with the treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
- In most cases only 1 session is needed. However we recommend that all clients have a follow up review 4 weeks after the initial treatment.
How long does a procedure take ?
- This will vary dependent on skin problem and size, we will advise you of treatment timings and costs at your consultation appointment.
Does it hurt?
- Pain thresholds vary from person to person and area to area, and although the treatmene is not painful at all, some discomfort is felt, which is best likened to the feeling of a pin-prick.
What is the recovery time after a treatment?
- There is minimal downtime after a treatment. ACP treatments are safe and effective and offer instantaneous results in many cases.
Is there any risk?
- Advanced Electrolysis is minimally invasive so doesn’t cause any bleeding and only a small amount of discomfort should be expected. The surrounding tissue is left undamaged. Immediately after your treatment the targeted area may appear red and slightly swollen and may feel warm.
I am on medication can I still have this treatment?
- There are certain medications that won’t suit this treatment therefore you would need to discuss this with us prior to booking.
- Treatments are not suitable for anyone who is on blood thinning medication or has a blood disorder.
- If you are prone to keloid scarring or inflammatory pigmentation, then this treatment is not advised.
What can be treated?
- Thread Veins. Thread Veins are cosmetically disfiguring and can really affect our confidence.Thread veins are also often associated – usually incorrectly – with the stigma of alcoholism. Although alcohol can be a contributory factor, as facial flushing can cause damage to the capillaries, (spicy food may also cause similar effects) it is not the cause.There are many reasons we get the tiny red capillaries seen on the surface of the skin that we call thread veins. Most of us are susceptible with causes ranging from sun damage, ageing, hormones, hereditary and genetic causes, pregnancy, smoking, extreme sports and harsh weather exposure to name a few. They are very common on a maturing fragile ‘English rose’ complexion. Rosacea (as well as the medication for it) may be a related factor, and the two conditions often appear simultaneously.
- Blood Spots. Blood Spots or Cherry spots are bright red dots on the surface of the skin. They can be tiny and flat to the skin or the size of a 50 pence piece and domed shaped and raised from the surface of the skin. Whatever the size, they all start to appear as we age. They usually appear on the trunk but are also seen on the face and other areas of the body and limbs. Sun damage is the main culprit but they are also genetic and tend to run in families. Sun beds are a definite no-no and sun screen is a help, but they are easily removed with this procedure.
- Spider Naevi. Spider Naevi is a central dilated blood vessel, with smaller capillaries radiating from its’ body resembling the legs of a spider. Found as individual blemishes or as groups they will often appear as a result of a knock or minor accident to the area. Hormones are another contributory factor and pregnancy can be a time when many appear spontaneously. Sun damage, smoking and many other factors such as genetic links can be a contributory factor. Usually they do not appear until adult life although children can suffer from them a result of an injury.
- Skin Tags. Skin Tags are a loose fibrous tissue skin complaint which affects so many of us. They grow in areas of friction – underarm, under the breasts or around the neck where necklaces may irritate and even under any unwanted ‘rolls’. Once the first one appears, others will follow and some sufferers have over 100 varying in size from a grain of rice to a kidney bean (or larger) .Skin tags that cause irritation or are cosmetically unappealing may be removed safely, easily and effectively using electrolysis.
- Milia. Milia are small, white, often hard lumps appearing on the surface of the skin. A pore becomes blocked and the sebum within keratinises. Electrolysis breaks up the Milia, which then gradually become absorbed into the skin with no cutting or removal required. No definitive cause of Milia is known 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.
- Mole Removal. Moles are simply pigmented growths that usually appear slightly velvety, but, unlike freckles they have a difference in appearance and texture to the surrounding skin. ‘Nanny McPhee’ moles are the typical growth that can be cosmetically disfiguring and can seriously damage an individual’s self esteem and confidence. Using electrolysis and expert knowledge, the mole can be easily treated and removed.
- Common Warts. Common warts are the same as the warts on the sole of the foot called Verrucas or Plantar Warts and electrolysis has a great deal of success treating both. Electrolysis is definitely successful even on the most stubborn warts.
- Syringoma. These are flesh colour creamy bumps and lumps which appear around the eye area and are often mistaken for milia but do not contain a hard keratinised nodule as milia do. They are benign non-contagious tumours of the eccrine gland and are small, generally oval shaped, often numerous in number which can make them ageing and unattractive. Exfoliation is unsuccessful and electrolysis is one of the best treatments available for this condition.
- Senile Warts / Seborrhoeic Keratosis. These are called ‘Senile Warts’. These brown marks are caused by natural aging, sun damage and have a genetic link. They are classified within the wart family but differ in the fact they’re not contagious. They can start life as just a tiny dry piece of skin on the surface of the skin which grows larger, crustier and uglier growing as big as up to two inches across. They become raised and if you find one you are likely to get more. Sometimes they can almost cover the whole trunk of the body.. They can also be quite common on the face in older people. They are usually brown because of melanin and so can be mistaken for moles to the untrained eye.
- Many other skin blemishes and conditions can be treated such as,
- Sebaceous hyperplasia (shiny,yellow lumps found on the forehead)
- Plane warts (flesh/pigmented, dry blemishes)
- Xanthomas/cholesterol patches ( fatty deposits under the skin often around the eye and eyelid area)
- Sebaceous cysts
- Dermatosis papulosa nigra (smooth dome shaped papules found on Afro-Caribbean Skin)
Please Note: Some blemishes such as moles may require a GP’s written consent prior to treatment with Advanced Cosmetic Procedures.
What happens after a treatment?
- After treatment, a very fine scab formation will become noticeable. Do not encourage its removal i.e. do not tamper with the scabbing and be careful after washing not to rub too vigorously with a towel so as /nor to disturb the natural healing process.
- After skin tag treatment the blemish will probably immediately appear smaller, darker and harder than before. Again, allow the natural healing process to occur and do not encourage removal too quickly.
- Normally if treatment is successful the blemish will simply come away from the skin a few days following treatment. The skin underneath will look a little pink and fresh and should be treated for the next 48 hours as already advised.
Normal skin healing takes approximately 10-14 days although some people find they heal quickly and others more slowly.
Aftercare advice will be given both verbally and in a written format and must be adhered to for successful skin healing to result.
Immediately following treatment the skin appears quite red, inflamed and slightly swollen. It will probably feel hot, sore and may even sting a little. This initial reaction normally subsides after several hours.
It is essential that the following advice is carefully adhered to:
- Apply a soothing product regularly with clean fingertips or damp cotton wool to the treated area. Apply quite liberally always on top of the existing application. (This will keep the area cool and prevent infection from entering). If the area feels particularly hot and uncomfortable, place cold dampened clean cotton wool pads soaked in the soothing product onto the treated area.
- Avoid direct heat such as hot baths (showers), saunas, or exposure to ultraviolet light (sun or sunbeds). Also be careful of a hot hairdryer.
- Use a minimum of SPF 25 over areas treated (and exposed to UV light).
- Avoid deodorant (if had underarm area treated i.e. a skin tag).
- Do not apply any other product to the treated area unless specifically advised to do
- Avoid touching the area unnecessarily.
- Aim to wash / cleanse around the treated area and pat dry (avoid rubbing).
- Avoiding anything that may be associated with causing the skin blemish in the first place (blowing noses hard, alcohol, spicy food, glasses too tight etc)
A review appointment could be made for 4 weeks after the initial treatment to assess the skin, ensure you are completely happy and take an after photograph if appropriate to compare your treatment.