Electrolysis has been used since the early 1900s to treat broken capillaries and warts. Over time, and through advancements in technology this has become an extremely quick, safe and effective method for removing unwanted skin blemishes such as milia, moles and skin tags. It is also used to treat thread veins.
How does Electrolysis work?
Depending on what is being treated (eg moles, warts, thread veins), the procedure itself can differ slightly, but the concept is the same for all. A very fine probe or needle is introduced to the area being treated and a tiny current of electricity is passed along it. The current of electricity actually kills off the blood supply to the blemish, which causes it to eventually die and fall away. With thread veins, the needle is inserted just underneath the surface of the skin, into the blood vessel itself and the current causes the vessel to coagulate and disappear.
Depending on the number of blemishes being treated, or the size, you may require more than one treatment, however, this will all be discussed with you at your consultation to give you a realistic idea of your treatment schedule.
Is Electrolysis painful?
Electrolysis is relatively pain free - most of our clients comment that it was not as bad as they expected. The best way we can describe the sensation, is to compare it to the sensation of a hair being plucked out. This is not a comfortable sensation, but it is not unbearable! It is like a little nip or sting to the skin, it is a quick and effective way of treating skin blemishes.
What can be treated with Electrolysis?
Electrolysis can be used to treat a variety of skin blemishes including;
- Moles (you will require a note from your GP to confirm that the mole is safe to be treated)
- Blood spots
- Skin Tags
- Seborrhoeic Keratosis
- Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra
- Spider Naevus
- Thread Veins
How long does the treatment take?
As mentioned above, treatment time depends on what is being treated - one small skin tag will take significantly less time then a cluster of warts, or a large mole. Treatment sessions are generally quite short - around 15 to 30 minutes long, however, you may require more than one session to ensure the blemish is completely removed. Prior to treatment, your practitioner will carry out a full medical consultation, which will include an assessment of the area(s) to be treated in order to put together a treatment plan for you.
Prices start from £50
The price of a treatment depends on the length of the treatment session. Generally, small areas or individual blemishes can be treated in a 15 minute session, while larger areas or groups of blemishes may require 30 minutes. Very large warts may occasionally require 45 minutes. This will all be discussed at consultation.