Advanced Cosmetic Procedures (ACP) & Skin Imperfections
ACP – Advanced Cosmetic Procedures using Apilus Platinum Pure Electrolysis for removal of skin blemishes & Imperfections.
ACP treatments using electrolysis are becoming increasingly popular as knowledge about these fantastic treatments increases. A wide diversity of skin blemishes can be quickly and easily treated with effective results offering an eventual blemish free smooth skin.
The main skin blemishes that we treat:
Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra
Thread Veins/ Red Veins
Blood Spots/ Campbell De Morgan.
As far back as the early 1900’s electrolysis was being used for the treatment of port-wine marks, broken capillaries, spider naevi, warts and even xanthelasma (yellow pigmented spots or plates found on the eyelids). Today it has progressed a long way and with ongoing improvements and modern technology it is safe, comfortable and effective way of removing skin blemishes. A wide variety of skin blemishes can be quickly treated with immediate and effective results offering an eventual blemish free smooth skin.
What happens during the treatment?
The tip of the finest probe (about the size of an eyelash) is introduced along the line of the capillary and a tiny energy current is discharged. This ‘dries up’ and destroys the vessel which often disappears as it is being treated. Further treatments may be necessary depending on the severity of the problem. In the case of skin tags the current destroys the vessels ‘feeding’ the blemish ‘starving’ it of nourishment resulting in its eventual demise.
Our team are trained in Advanced Cosmetic Procedures and can treat many skin imperfections using Advanced Electrolysis.
Campbell De Morgan (Blood Spots)
Electrolysis is a safe, effective, quick and affordable method of treating Blood spots. Also known as Campbell De Morgans or Cherry Angiomas they are bright red spots, on the skin and appear flat raised or dome shaped. They are shiny and red and can vary from the size of a pin head to a 50 pence piece.
A small probe will touch the surface of the skin, a slight burst of energy is expelled, and a small stinging sensation may be experienced. Large Campbell de Morgans can be stubborn, and more than one treatment is sometimes required.
Moles are common small blemishes on the skin which usually appear in the first few decades of life in almost everyone with the average young adult having up to 25 moles. Moles vary in size and colour and often develop terminal hairs due to their well-developed vascular blood supply. Electrolysis is a safe, effective, quick and affordable method of visibly reducing the appearance of totally healthy moles and is deployed only for sound reasons such as cosmetic, physiological or physical purposes. No excision is made and nothing is sent away for investigation. If there is any cause for concern over the mole then electrolysis treatment is not recommended and will not proceed and you are advised to seek medical expertise.
High-frequency radio waves are emitted to target the specific individual mole. Cells are composed of 80% liquid and exposure to high-frequency radio waves causes this to evaporate. The tip of a small probe is tapped over the surface of the mole and a small stinging sensation and heat is experienced
Milia are tiny white lipid-epithelium plugs. Their exact cause is unknown although they are often related to diet with a high cholesterol count, excessive Vitamin C, a too rich moisturising cream and also associated with dry skin which can be acidic. They contain keratin and sometimes get quite hard. They lay very superficially under the skin and are very easy to treat with Advanced Electrolysis techniques.
Treatment involves using advanced electrolysis and treating the Milia individually with the finest sterile probe. The treatment is pain free although the area may appear a little red for an hour or two following treatment. The milia will dry up and disappear in the next few days. It is advised to apply Sterex Aloe Vera gel twice daily to the area, which promotes healing and helps prevent infection.
Spider Naevi is a central dilated blood vessel, with smaller capillaries radiating from it like the legs of a spider. Spider Naevi may be found on areas such the face, neck, upper part of the trunk and arms. Electrolysis is a safe, effective, quick and affordable method of treatment.
The cause of Spider Naevi can be related to physical trauma in the area, hormonal influences, pregnancy, the contraception pill and lifestyle and hereditary.
A small probe (about the size of an eyelash) will gently touch the surface of the skin, a slight burst of energy is expelled of a small sting may be experienced
Common Warts are firm, raised growths often with a rough, dry, crusty surface, which resembles a very small cauliflower or a solid blister. Rough to the touch, common warts may feature a pattern of tiny black dots, sometimes called seeds, which are small, clotted blood vessels. Electrolysis is a safe, effective, quick and affordable method of treatment.
Common Warts are viral and contagious and usually found on the hands but can be spread to other areas of the body.
The energy is released over the whole surface area of the wart by the use of a small probe tapping on the affected area. The probe is then inserted a number of times into the Wart and the energy released. A stinging heat sensation may be experienced. Treatment is uncomfortable but highly effective. More than one treatment is often required.
Electrolysis is a safe, effective, quick and affordable method of treating verrucae which can develop on the soles of the feet. A verruca starts as a tiny pink area speckled with black dots but can become dark with a rough crumbly layer of skin with a ‘pepper pot’ appearance. Verrucae vary in size from a pin head to a large mosaic verruca covering whole sections of the sole and can be extremely painful and resilient to methods of removal.
Verrucae are viral and highly contagious. Socks, shoes and towels used should be kept non-contaminated and for individual use only.
The energy is released over the whole surface area of the verruca by the use of a small probe tapping over the affected area and a slight stinging sensation will be experienced. The probe is then inserted a number of times into the verruca and a sensation will be experienced. Treatment is a little uncomfortable but highly effective although more than 1 treatment is almost always required.
Prior to Verruca treatment a Foot Health Care Check with our podiatrist is recommend before treatment.
Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra
This is a common disorder which develops in adolescence on black skin and is identified by smooth, dome shaped, brown to black papules seen mainly on the cheeks, neck and upper chest. Simple to remove – a patch test is required prior to treatment.
A Seborrhoeic Keratosis has a rough, dry, crusty surface, and range in colour from light brown to mid brown to almost black. Electrolysis is a safe, effective, quick and affordable method of treatment.
Seborrhoeic Keratosis or Senile Warts occur most often on the trunk of the body, but they are also common on the head and neck and can be individual or numerous. Cause is natural ageing, sun damage and hereditary reasons.
The tip of a small probe (about the size of an eyelash) will touch the skin. A small burst of heat will be felt as the Seborrhoeic Keratosis is removed.
Skin Tags are very common and most frequently found on the neck and face. They often appear 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 even larger. They are often found in areas of friction such as the underarm, under the breasts or around the neck where necklaces may irritate.
Treatment involves using advanced electrolysis and treating the skin tag with a fine sterile probe whilst carefully avoiding ‘good’ skin. The tag will change in colour and will drop off in the next few days or may require a further treatment a few weeks later. No incisions or stitches are necessary and the area should heal completely within 2 days to 3 weeks maximum.
Facial Thread Veins
These are not broken capillaries but rather permanently dilated capillaries. They have very thin walls which constantly dilate and constrict. As we age, these vessels lose their elasticity and can become permanently dilated. There are numerous causes including: ageing, hereditary, pregnancy, the rubbing of spectacles, smoking, energetic sports, temperature extremes and harsh weather exposure, hormones and skin fragility. They are commonly seen in a maturing ‘English Rose’ complexion.
Treatment usually requires between one and five treatments.
Electrolysis is a safe, effective, quick and affordable method of treating Xanthelasma which are deposits of fatty materials, under the surface of the skin ranging in size from very small to more than an inch in diameter.
The exact cause of Xanthelasma is unknown. It is typically associated with an elevated cholesterol level. Xanthelasma may appear anywhere on the body but is most commonly seen on the eyelids. Treatment with electrolysis can visibly reduce the raised appearance although the colour remains unaffected.
A small probe will touch the surface of the skin, energy is released, and a slight stinging sensation will be experienced. Xanthelasma may require more than one treatment and ongoing treatment is required.
Please be aware that if we have any cause for concern for a skin blemish then we may refer you to your GP.
As always the cost of removing/treating Skin Imperfections is based on the time required for your treatment. We have provided some very realistic price expectation, however, the price may vary based on Size, Location, Severity, and Treatment options, this will be discussed and agreed at your free Consultation.
This Post is an update of our very popular APC article.