Angiomas ~ Age Spots ~ Cysts ~ Warts Broken Capillaries ~ Benign Moles ~ Milia
Treatment of Skin Blemishes & Lesions
What is Diathermy?
Diathermy is a medical technique that involves the use of a high-frequency electrical current to produce intense heat to a specified treatment area. This intense heat is able to destroy unhealthy or unwanted tissue such as skin tags and moles or can be used to clot blood, which effectively reduces the appearance of broken capillaries.
Diathermy is a bloodless procedure used primarily for the cosmetic treatment of the face, neck, shoulder, chest and back. These are the areas of the body which get exposed to the harmful effects of the sun and the environment and more often develop skin problems.
The device itself is a small handpiece that delivers the electrical current through a probe the size of an eyelash. This means that the treatment is very precise and only the targeted tissue is affected.
Following a diathermy treatment, some lesions will immediately disappear whilst others will appear to turn white or grey, with the surrounding skin appearing pink. Mild swelling and redness may result and this will resolve in a few hours.
In the next few days after treatment, lesions can darken or appear to become dry or scab-like. This skin should not be picked at or irritated. The affected tissue generally forms a crust and will slough off whilst showering or fall off after 7-10 days. If all aftercare instructions are followed, the treated area should look completely untouched and clear of any blemishes. The risk of scarring or post-inflammatory pigmentation when performing a Diathermy Treatment is very unlikely.
delivering blemish removal services that restore confidence and help boost client self esteem
Diathermy treatment techniques are clinically proven to reduce or remove many of the common, benign skin blemishes that are of concern to our clients.
These blemishes and lesions can often be quickly and effectively resolved, sometimes in just one treatment. These techniques give a clinical solution to something with their appearance that often causes them worry and embarrassment.
Whether you call them 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 ‘lipofuscin’ in the connective tissue and are completely harmless.
Telangiectasia, also known as red veins, thread veins and broken capillaries, are common in exposed and vulnerable areas such as the nose. These can be caused by trauma to the skin. Treatment aims to restore the previous appearance of the skin.
Cherry Angioma are small blood spots that are benign vascular blemishes. They can vary in size from small pin dots to as large as a 10 cent piece; and in colour from bright red to darker tones. Cherry angioma are not painful, but may bleed when scratched and can become distressing, particularly if they are in difficult to mask areas.
Benign Hairy Moles
The majority of us have some moles and, generally, they are benign. They are a form of pigmented naevi that are commonly found on the face and body, varying in size and colour from pale tan to brown to blue/black and often developing deep terminal hairs in them because of a well-developed blood supply. Generally it is best to avoid treating moles, but if yours is causing you severe distress it may be able to be treated with diathermy. You must always consult your GP before mole reduction treatment and we will need written consent from your doctor to perform diathermy on the specific mole.
Unwanted Skin Blemishes?
Seborrhoeic keratosis is a benign, asymptomatic mass, primarily caused by the aging 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.
Warts are small, rough, viral growths on the skin. They are very common and are usually spread by direct skin-to-skin contact or indirectly through shared contact with contaminated surfaces. Warts do not usually cause any other symptoms in people with normally functioning immune systems and usually resolve without treatment, although this can take months or years.
Sebaceous cysts are created when a small amount of sebum is retained under the skin and blocked by an overgrowth of surface skin. They are relatively uncommon and are often confused with epidermoid cysts (also known as infundibular cysts) and pilar cysts. Sebaceous cysts are filled with a clear, oily liquid made by the sebaceous glands and are usually found on the face, neck and trunk of the body.
Epidermoid cysts usually affect young and middle-aged adults and contain keratin and pus. These can be formed after trauma or injury or from a hair follicle that has become inflamed.
Pilar cysts are subcutaneous keratin-filled cysts that originate from the outer hair root sheath. They can often be found in multiples on the scalp of middle-aged females.
Milia are usually seen around the eyes, including the eyelid and between the eyelashes, nose and upper cheeks.
- Milia are irritating small, hard, round white nodules slightly raised above skin level, formed when keratin is trapped beneath the outer layer of the skin, forming a tiny cyst.
- Milia can also be confused with stubborn whiteheads but they are much harder in texture due to keratin, a protein found in hair and nails.
- They are called Milia plural or Milium singular and most people will experience at least one in their lifetime.
- Milia can appear on people of all ages, ethnicity and genders.
- They often develop when the ducts leading to the skin surface are clogged up, such as after an injury, blockage by rich creams/products (such as suncream) that prevent the skin ‘breathing’ as normal. They can also be caused by dry dehydrated when dry flakes of skin block the pores.