HEALTH & BEAUTY – Banishing blemishes is easier than you think!


Advanced Electrolysis has fast become one of the most popular treatments at Absolute Aesthetics.

Article from FOCUS Magazine – Winter 13 issue.

Vicki Smith of Absolute Aesthetics explains how a cost effective and simple procedure called Advanced Electrolysis could be the solution

Typically, the National Health Service will only remove a skin lesion from a patient if it is deemed to be affecting their physical or mental health. So what do you do if you have a cluster of unsightly skin tags on your neck or a rather large seborrhoeic keratosis (senile wart) on your forehead that you would like to remove?

Here Vicki Smith, of Absolute Aesthetics, explains how a cost effective and very simple procedure called Advanced Electrolysis can easily remove these annoying and unsightly skin lesions once and for all.

Advanced Electrolysis has fast become one of the most popular treatments at Absolute Aesthetics. Suitable for both men and women, Advanced Electrolysis is used for the safe removal of skin lesions such as skin tags, warts, seborrhoeic keratosis and Campbell de Morgan spots (blood spots).

Invented by Dr Charles E. Michel in 1875, electrolysis was originally developed for the treatment of Trichiasis (ingrowing eye lashes). Although electrolysis is often thought of as a beauty treatment for hair removal, the use of electrolysis has advanced and developed over the years and is now successfully used for the removal of many different types of skin nasties. Unbelievably, it is still not widely known about or considered by General Practitioners as a treatment in the United Kingdom. As a result, many people are needlessly paying incredibly high sums of money to have lesions removed by surgical excision, cryotherapy or, in some cases, laser.

How does Advanced Electrolysis work?

Advanced Electrolysis uses a very fine stainless steel one-piece needle. During the treatment, a low level current of approximately 17–19Hz cauterizes the blood flow to the lesion, allowing the lesion to be scraped away and then lifted from the surface of the skin. To minimise the risk of scarring, particularly for the darker skin types, the lesion is cauterized and then the debris of the lesion is left to come away with the scab or crust that forms.

Although it can be slightly uncomfortable whilst the procedure is taking place, the sensation passes as soon as the lesion is removed. There is no discomfort immediately after the treatment so a local anaesthetic is generally not required. Immediately after treatment, the area(s) from which the lesions have been removed will resemble a graze, which can occasionally bleed or secrete serum. These grazed areas will form a small crust or scab, which will come away usually within 3 to 5 days after the treatment. The area of treatment can become slightly itchy as it heals and it is very important that patients do not pick the crusts or scabs on the skin as this can increase the risk of scarring.

Advanced Electrolysis is a very delicate technique, which enables the practitioner to successfully remove a wide variety of skin lesions, leaving little trauma to the skin and minimising risk of scarring or pigmentation.

The time taken to perform the treatment will really depend on the size, number and nature of the lesions so it is important that all patients have a consultation beforehand so that the practitioner can give a clear indication of how many treatments would be needed and to give an approximate guide as to the cost. For the more straightforward lesions, such as skin tags, around six can be removed during a 15 minute session, which costs £80.

Over the last few years, the treatment technique has been developed further and Advanced Electrolysis is now successfully treating lesser-known conditions such as Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra and Xanthelasma.

To find out more about this or any other treatment Absolute Aesthetics offers, call 01483 477 189 or email, a division of The Whiteley Clinic, a CQC registered clinic.