Oxfordshire leading specialist in these procedures Barbara Mead qualified in Electrolysis in 1993 and specialised in Advanced Cosmetic Procedures in 2010.
Using electrolysis to remove numerous skin blemishes is quick and safe and unlike surgical removal leaves no scar. Often only 1 treatment is required.
Moles are simply a collection of skin cells, blood vessels and sometimes pigment cells. You will be required to obtain your general practitioners written approval before treatment.
They are treated by applying a heat energy to the surface of the mole to seal off the blood supply. Sometimes 1 to 3 treatments may be needed for each mole depending on size.
Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra
These are smooth, dome-shaped dark coloured spots on the skin which are actually small Seborrheic Keratoses. They most often but not exclusively occur on darker skins. They are easily removed using electrolysis by gently scraping off, leaving no mark.
Skin Tags can be flesh coloured or darker in colour, they can be anywhere on the face or body but are common in the underarms area, under the breasts and in the groin.
What causes skin tags?
Skin Tags can be caused by friction from clothing, jewellery or skin areas rubbing.
They can also be hereditary, increase with age or appear during pregnancy. Sometimes they are caused by the same virus as warts.
They can be removed quickly and easily with advanced electrolysis by applying heat to the stalk or neck of the tag. Skin tags usually come off at the time of treatment.
If not, they will shrink and darken in colour and fall off within a few days of treatment.
Sebaceous Hyperplasia / Sebaeous Cyst
Enlarged sebaceous (oil) glands that occur mostly on the T zone – where there are more oil producing glands, sebaceous hyperplasia are completely harmless. They are removed by gently scraping them away with the heat energy of electrolysis.
What is a sebaeous cyst?
A painless, round, skin-coloured lump varying in size from a pea to an egg.
What causes a sebaeous cyst?
Caused by the collection of sebum [skins natural oils] in a closed sac. They can be hereditary or can be caused by injury to the skin or a swollen hair follicle.
They are completely harmless and are reduced by applying the heat energy of electrolysis into the area where the sebum has collected. However they do sometimes re-fill with sebum, and may require surgical removal of the ‘sac’ for permanent results.
Blood Spot Removal
What are blood spots?
Blood spots (also know as campbell de morgan spots) are bright red spots and vary in size from a couple of millimetres across up to half a centimetre. They are usually very bright red and have a very clear margin.
What causes blood spots?
Blood spots are coils of abnormal blood vessels that come through the skin and are very close the surface hence their bright red colour. Blood spots become more common and larger as you get older. They are often found on the chest, abdomen or arms.
They can also be found on the back or on the neck.
Are blood spots dangerous?
They are not dangerous, they are purely a cosmetic problem. Removing these unsightly blemishes is safe and easy.
What treatment is needed to remove blood spots?
To remove blood spots we use Advanced Cosmetic Procedures also known as Advanced Electrolysis. The treatment will effectively remove the blood spot by coagulating the blood in the tiny vessels. The vessel then collapses and disappears. The treatment itself easily tolerated. There are minimal after effects, just temporary redness in the surrounding area.
What results can I expect?
Blood spots can be successfully removed, leaving a clearer, healthier looking skin. This treatment is suitable for men and woman on the face and on other body areas.
Red/Thread Veins, Spider Naevi and Broken Capillaries
What are red/thread veins, spider naevi and broken capillaries?
These are all vascular [blood] blemishes. Red veins appear as small red lines, blood spots are round, red lumps, while spider veins have a central red spot with red lines leading out from them like the legs of a spider.
What causes red veins, thread veins, spider naevi, broken capillaries?
They can all be hereditary or are sometimes caused by damage to the skin such as squeezing a spot or an injury. Blood spots sometimes appear after a general anaesthetic.
Red veins can be caused by exposure to harsh conditions such as wind and sun or smoking, washing with hot and cold water, poor skin care, pregnancy, certain medicines and many other causes.
What are warts?
Warts are small rough growths on the skin.
What causes warts?
Warts are caused by a viral infection in the skin cells. The virus is called the human papilloma virus, there are more than 100 types of HPV.
How many different types of warts are there?
There are a number of types of warts. Below are some of the most common wart problems that the Sandalwoods Blemish & Wart Removal Clinic treat on a daily basis:
- Common warts
Raised growths which have a hard and uneven surface, these are the most familiar type of wart and usually appear on the hands and feet.
- Soles of feet – please see below for more on Verruca’s.
- Periungal warts
Warts found around the tips of fingers or toes.
- Subungual warts
These appear under and around fingernails.
- Flat / plane warts
These are smooth warts with flat tops mostly occurring on the hands or face.
- Seborrhoeic warts
These aren’t actually warts at all, they are non-cancerous growths appearing on the outer layer of skin, can start pale in colour becoming darker through to dark brown. See seborrhoeic keratosis.
What treatment is needed to remove warts?
To remove a wart from your skin, we use the latest Advanced Cosmetic Procedures, also known as Advanced Electrolysis. The treatment process requires the tip of a small probe to be used with a tiny energy current to remove the blemish.
The treatment itself is a little uncomfortable but easily tolerated.
Warts initially turn white and need to be kept clean post treatment.
What results can I expect?
Warts can be successfully removed, leaving a clearer, healthier looking skin. This treatment is suitable for men and woman both on the face and body.
What are seborrhoeic keratosis?
Also referred to as seborrhoeic warts or Senile warts.
These are a very common blemish usually seen from middle age onwards.
They are not actually warts, but most easily described as an ageing or thickening of the skin.
Seborrhoeic wart removal
Senile wart removal is a highly requested service at the Sandalwoods Blemish and Wart Removal Clinic. Advanced Cosmetic Procedures also known as Advanced Electrolysis is very effective, quick, easily tolerated and cost effective.
What do seborrhoeic warts look like?
Seborrhoeic Keratosis’ can grow to be quite large in size with a rough surface. They may start off flesh coloured, commonly becoming darker through to a deep brown. They may have a scab like appearance. Common on the torso, can also affect face and limbs.
A verruca (plantar wart) is a wart on the sole of the foot. It is the same as a common wart, but the weight of the body presses it into the foot. Verrucas can be painful.
What causes verrucas?
Verrucas are caused by strains of the papilloma virus. There are lots of papilloma virus’ around, and many people carry it on the surface of their skin. It does not cause any harm unless it penetrates into the skin, where it can take hold and produce a wart.
What treatment is needed to remove verrucas?
To remove a verruca from your foot, we use the latest Advanced Cosmetic Procedures., also known as Advanced Electrolysis. The treatment process requires the tip of a small probe to be used with a tiny energy current to remove the blemished area. The treatment itself is a little uncomfortable but easily tolerated.
What results can I expect?
Verrucas can be successfully removed, leaving a clearer, healthier looking skin. This treatment is suitable for the feet of both men and woman.
Whitebeads / Milia
These are small white pearly lumps which occur in the uppermost layer of the skin when sebum (natural skin oil) becomes trapped in a blind duct.
What causes milia?
Milia are more common on dry skin but can also appear in response to injury like sunburn.
What is the treatment and what results can I expect?
Milia are treated by applying heat energy into them. After treatment a tiny, pin-dot crust will form which will heal and fall away usually within a few days leaving no marking at all.
These little marks are caused by an overgrowth of the sweat glands. They most commonly appear around the eyes and can be mistaken for milia but they are softer and are usually oval.
They are removed by gently scraping them away with electrolysis.
These yellowish-white pads usually appear around the eyes. They are a build up of fat cells under the skin and can be a sign of high cholesterol so if you have these it’s worth getting your blood cholesterol checked.
Electrolysis is used to gently scrape them away.
Age Spot Removal
What are age spots?
Brown coloured flat patches common on the hands and face, but can pop up almost anywhere on the body. Age spots, technically known as lentigines, are well-defined, uniformly coloured areas of brown or greyish pigment that generally show up on the hands, face, neck, and chest.
What causes age spots?
After a lifetime of being exposed to the sun, you’re bound to have multiple consequences, one of which may be unwelcome pigmentation patches or age spots. Despite the name, these spots are not caused by age, rather, they come from sun damage.
Are they dangerous?
Age spots are not usually dangerous, just a bothersome part of ageing. Patches that develop a highly irregular border, darken or thicken should be checked out by a medical practitioner.
What treatment is needed to remove age spots?
To lighten age spots, we use the latest advanced cosmetic procedures, also known as Advanced Electrolysis. The treatment process requires the tip of a small probe to be used with a tiny energy current to remove the blemished area. The treatment itself is hardly felt and easily tolerated.
There are minimal after effects, but a little soreness and scabbing should be expected.
What results can I expect?
Age spots usually respond well to this treatment and lighten considerably, with complete removal often achieved.
Please also see our IPL Treatment Page. IPL Intense Pulsed Light treatment is more suitable for reducing larger areas or multiple dark pigmented areas.