Advanced Cosmetic Procedures, Kettering

Foot with verrus being lit with a professional daylight lamp

Advanced cosmetic procedure’s also known as Advanced Electrolysis is the new adaption of a well established and safety proven treatment namely Electrolysis. This is an increasingly popular effective and hygienic method to remove a number of unsightly skin blemishes, Electrolysis is best known for its abilities to remove unwanted hair using an electrical current within the follicle to cauterise the blood supply, killing the hair at the root and permanently removing it. Electrolysis was originally created in the early 1900s to treat ingrown hairs, spider naevi, xanthoma (yellow fatty substances commonly found around the eyes) and port wine marks, so you can imagine how far treatment has progressed since then.

There are now over 21 different types of blemishes that can safely and effectively be treated using advanced electrolysis with out the need for surgery and very little recovery time The treatment itself is a little uncomfortable but easily tolerated, there are minimal after effects, with a little tightness and scabbing to be expected. A consultation will be carried out to ensure the client is suitable for treatment and to establish an appropriate treatment plan. After care will be given after treatment. 

Items to consider before any treatment or procedure:

• Do you have any known health conditions that we need to know about?
This could include any type of heart condition, allergies, circulatory disorders etc.?

• Are you preparing for a holiday?
You must have your treatment at least 4 weeks before you travel. The total healing process takes anywhere between 4-6 weeks and sun/sea salt/chlorine may hinder the healing process.

• Do you need to pre-medicate?
We do recommend that you purchase a topical anaesthetic from your local pharmacy (we suggest Emla). Apply as directed one hour before your arrival to Kolaine Beauty Lounge, covering the area with a plaster or cling film to ensure maximum effectiveness.

Please note that not all skin lesions can be successfully removed. We will recommend the best method for treatment during the consultation phase. Some blemishes may require a GP’s written consent prior to treatment.

thread veins around nose area before and after treatment with advanced electrolysis

Telangiectasis

The Name originates from greece and means ‘end vessel dilation’. Often reffered to a ‘broken capillaries’which is not correct, they are actually permanently dilated capillaries. The thin, singular cell wall structure of the fine facial capillaries dilate and constrict constantly in order to control the body temperature and their elasticity weakens and they can become permanently dilated. This is then exacerbated by the skin naturally breaking down as we age and the supporting network of collagen and elastin being less efficient

Telangiectasia can appear dure to a number of contributing factors including: hereditary and genetic causes, pregnancy ageing, , , hormones, general skin fragility, extreme sports, smoking, temperature extremes and harsh weather exposure. They are very commonly seen in a English rose complexion on a more mature client

We recommend a course of advanced electrolysis for telangiectasia so that treatments can be spaced out to allow for skin healing and to prevent hyper-pigmentation. Both Thermolysis (Heat) and blend methods can be used, but the latter is only taught by a few specialists in this field. Diathermy is more commonly used, which involves a very accurate positioning of the probe over the blood vessel and a gentle tap that applies current to the skin’s surface. This causes that tiny section of vessel to immediately disappear. Treatment sessions are usually for example 15 minutes per cheek.  

Although not considered a cause of telangiectasia, rosacea (and the medication for it) may be a related factor, with the two conditions often presenting simultaneously. Reducing the appearance of the blood vessels using electrolysis may initially trigger a rosacea attack. However this is relatively rare and only a temporary consequence of the long-term positive results. 

Cambell de morgan spot on skin before and after treatement showing the blood spot gone

Campbell de Morgan Spots

Named after Campbell Grieg De Morgan (1811-1876) a British surgeon who was the first to note them, in medical literature these vascular blemishes are also known as Cherry Angioma or Blood Spots. They present themselves as slightly raised or dome shaped and are of unknown origin. They are mostly seen on the trunk in middle aged and elderly clients and are even more common in men than women. They are treated with Diathermy only. Larger ones (50p size+) will need more than one treatment. Smaller ones often disappear at time of treatment.

Spider vevi before an advanced electrolysis treatement showing the blood spot gone

Spider Naevus

Spider Naevus a central dilated blood vessel, with smaller capillaries coming from it like spiders legs can be individual isolated blemishes or can be multiple in areas such as the cheeks or chest area. They can, if apparent in isolation, be a result of a trauma to the skin, for example…. a child following a minor mishap such as bumping into an object, can develop a spider naevus in the traumatised area. Certain conditions can make them worse including extreme heat and cold, obesity, pregnancy, stress or pressure on the area. Several spider naevus appearing spontaneously is a cause for concern as it might indicate liver disease. They can be treated with Blend or Diathermy methods although they can be quite resilient and more than one treatment may be necessary.

Ander arm showing multiple skintags before and after treatment to remove them using ana advanced electrolysis technique

Skin Tags (Fibroepithelial polyp/papilloma) 

Skin Tags are a common fibrous skin condition often found in areas of friction such as the armpits, under the breasts, groin or around the neck where necklaces or collars may irritate. Derived from epithelial cells and consisting of loose fibrous tissue they form single or multiple distributions and are often hyper-pigmented making them more obvious. They often present 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 larger. They are viral in nature (Human Papilloma Virus HPV) and whilst not infectious they can proliferate on individuals with some people suffering from hundreds of them. 

Skin Tags are very easily treated using advanced electrolysis techniques and whether they are tiny ones between the eyelashes or large ones under the arms there is one of the advanced electrolysis techniques suitable for them. Areas of friction such as the under the breasts and under folds of skin are very common areas to find these irritating blemishes. Advanced electrolysis is probably the quickest, easiest way of removing the problem in a safe and effective manner.  

There are three different methods of skin tag removal for different types of tags and location:

1. For treatment of tags between the eyelashes, or for tiny tags around the neck or under the arms, the probe is gently rested on the skin tag and the current released. The heat generated causes the tag to stick to the probe and then just lifts off as if being melted from the skin. When performed correctly this method takes only seconds per tag removal. 

2. When the location of the tag renders treatment difficult, another method involves insertion of the probe and then the application of current for a number of seconds to cut off the blood supply, which results in the tag immediately shrivelling and eventually (a day or two later) being sloughed off. 

3. A third method involves supporting the tag with tweezers and using the very tip of the probe to continually tap away at the neck of the tag, which results in the immediate removal of the skin tag. Treatment is very fast and effective, taking only seconds depending on the size of the skin tag. The procedure is only a little uncomfortable with some people experiencing no discomfort at all.

With all methods of removal the skin have to go through a healing process and you should expect some scabbing and healing for anywhere between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the area treated and your skin healing process. the image to the left shows skin tags before and eight months after the clients last treatment. Multiple treatments can be required 

Milia on face before and after treatment

Milia

Lying very superficially under the epidermis milia present themselves as small white lipid-epithelium plugs which contain lamellated keratin deposits and often show as hard, solid lumps lying in the superficial papillary dermis. They are a retention of keratin and sebaceous material within the pilosebaceous duct, eccrine sweat duct, or the sebaceous collar surrounding vellus hair. Their exact cause is unknown although they are often related to diet with a high cholesterol count, excessive Vitamin C, too rich moisturising cream and are also associated with dry skin which can be acidic.
 
They can all be treated easily with advanced electrolysis techniques using diathermy (AC) which gently dries them up so that the hard keratinised centre is broken down and this will then be absorbed by the skin following treatment. This is a much gentler way to treat them, as opposed to removing them with a microlance, which can damage the skin. Milia can appear between the eyelashes, on the eyelid itself, the cheek area or anywhere on the face or neck where dry skin is present. They tend to grow in size, become harder (as the contents keratinize) and then become noticeable to the eye and cosmetically unattractive. Some people may only suffer one and others exhibit a proliferation of up to 40 – 60 of them at any one time.  

Wart on nose showing before and after treatment photo

Warts

There are various types of warts, including flat (plane) raised (common) and verrucas (plantar – on the feet). They are benign epidermal tumours which are contagious (human papilloma virus) and all can be treated. Warts can develop individually or in clusters and can spontaneously disappear.  Plane or flat warts occur mostly on the face, backs of hands and wrists. Hygiene must be of the highest importance to avoid cross infection and if not treated they may spread. Treatment is performed using diathermy.

Verruca Before and after treatment using advanced electrolysis technique t

Verruca

A verruca usually occurs on feet and toes and can be uncomfortable and painful. They easily spread to other people so need to be covered up and can be treated. 

A verruca is a wart on the foot caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They commonly occur on the soles of the feet and toes. Verruca can be contagious and transmitted through direct person-to-person contact. They tend to be common in children, teenagers, young adults and people who use communal changing rooms.

When the skin gets very wet it loses its suppleness and flexibility which can cause tiny cracks and splits to occur. These breaks in the skin make it easier for the verruca virus to penetrate the skin. This happens through direct skin to skin contact or indirect contact with contaminated surfaces. The verruca virus thrives in warm moist environments such as swimming pools, changing rooms and bathrooms. 

Here at Kolaine beauty lounge we use an advanced electrolysis technique ACP  (Advanced Cosmetic Procedures) to treat the verruca or verrucas and then review again after 3-4 months as it can take this long for the bodies immuno response to kick in and start to fight the virus, we would then assess the area and decide whether a second or third treatment may be required.

dermatosis papulosa nigra

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra is peculiar to black skin and is a common papular disorder which develops in adolescence. The lesions are histologically identical to seborrhoea keratosis and present as smooth, dome shaped, brown to black papules seen mainly on the cheeks, neck and upper chest. These are generally a very common disorder and the famous actor Morgan Freeman has many of these on his face. They are very easily and successfully treated using diathermy and advanced electrolysis techniques.

we usually carry out a small patch test area to check how the skin heals and if this is successful we will then book you in for the rest of the blemishes to be treated

 

Sebhorric keratosis image before and after treatment on back using advanced electrolysis

Seborrheic Keratosis

A seborrheic keratosis (seb-o-REE-ik ker-uh-TOE-sis) are a common noncancerous skin growth. you are more likely to develop them as you get older.

Seborrheic keratoses can vary in colour and size but they are usually brown, black or light tan. The growths can look waxy, scaly and slightly raised. They usually appear on the head, neck, chest or back.

Seborrheic keratoses are harmless and not contagious. but you may decide to have them removed if they become irritated by clothing or you don’t like how they look.

You’re generally more likely to develop seborrheic keratoses if you’re over age 50. You’re also more likely to have them if you have a family history of the condition.

Here at Kolaine beauty lounge we use an advanced electrolysis method to remove the seborrheic keratosis . The skin then has to go through a healing process which can take anything from two weeks to 3 months and there may be a small amount of pigment left once the skin has completely healed. 

Mole reduction using an advanced electrolysis on a ladies face mole between eyebrows

Moles

Hairs from moles are easily treated by those trained in advanced electrolysis techniques. Once treatment is started it is normal for the mole to reduce in size and colour. Hairs in moles are generally deep terminal hairs with a very rich blood and nerve supply to them. Repeat treatments, as with hair removal electrolysis are required and blend or diathermy can be used.

A mole itself is easily treated but rather than ‘removing’ we ‘visibly reduce the appearance’ of the mole. A number of techniques are used all using diathermy (AC). The first treatment will visibly reduce the mole by up to three quarters of its size and then a follow up treatment can smooth it so that it is flat to the skin. The colour can never be guaranteed to exactly match the surrounding skin but if the mole is much darker the remaining skin, following treatment, will almost certainly be lighter.

Dr Noter Required to treat Moles

Age spot removal using advanced electrolysis

Age Spots  

Age Spots are caused by an accumulation of a yellow pigment called lipofuscin from ageing of the collagen producing cells. They are very common on the hands and face of middle aged and elderly patients and are usually despised by them as they are so recognisably a sign of increasing age. Chemical peels and skin whitening products are commonly used for treatment but electrolysis is also very effective. Using a very fine electrolysis needle and diathermy (AC) current a tiny section of the age spot is lifted from the underlying tissue and the color underneath is observed. If the tiny area exposed is lighter in color removal can go ahead with varying degrees of success. If the pigment underneath the tiny section lifted is the same color as the age spot itself the pigment goes deep into the dermis and treatment will not be successful. 

xanthoma before and after treatment around eye

Xanthomas

Xanthomas are deposits of fatty material under the skin and range in size from 6mm to more than 7cm diameter. They are associated with a symptom of metabolic disorders such as diabetes or high cholesterol.

Xanthelasma Palpebera is the common type which appears on the eyelids and presents itself as flat yellowish growths on the eyelid close to the nose. Resembling a butter bean and causing no pain they are successfully treated using Diathermy. They reduce in size and appearance although the milky yellowy colour remains and more than one treatment is often required over a period of time.

Syringoma around clients eye before and after Treatment image

Syringoma 

Syringomas are benign eccrine gland tumours presenting as flattish papules or plates found around the eye socket area in particular under the eye and are non-contagious flesh colour elevations of the skin. They range from 1–3 mm in diameter and are firm to the touch. They are easily treated with diathermy and advanced electrolysis techniques.

Sebaceous cysts are common noncancerous cysts of the skin. Cysts are abnormalities in the body that may contain liquid or semiliquid material.

Sebaceous Cysts 

Sebaceous Cyst or (Steatoma) is retention of keratin trapped under the surface of the skin trapped within a sebaceous sac which is created from skin cells. They are painless, slow-growing, small bumps or lumps that move freely under the skin and to the trained eye, are usually easily diagnosed by their appearance.

Sebaceous cysts are formed often due to swollen hair follicles, blocked glands, skin trauma and higher levels of testosterone in the body. Keratin is an extremely strong protein found naturally within the body and is a major component in skin, hair, nails and teeth. It is predominantly made up of dead cells and amino acids which combine to form keratin and these contain unique properties rendering it hard or soft. If the dead cells are kept in good condition, they will serve as an insulating layer to protect the delicate new keratin below them.

The size of the cyst can vary from a pea to an egg, and the areas most affected are those where there are more sebaceous glands, i.e. face, chest, scalp and back, although sometimes they also appear in the underarm and can be found on the trunk and the vaginal area or other parts of the genitalia. They may have an open or closed top and treatment is dependent upon the size and location. 

If small, the most gentle and least invasive method is electrolysis which is proving very successful. If electrolysis is performed it may be necessary to treat the nodule more than once depending on its size and location and successful treatment cannot always be guaranteed as every cyst is very individual in nature. 

An electrolysis needle is inserted into the sebaceous cyst a number of times and the A/C, RF diathermy current is expelled and held within the skin overgrowth. The heat softens the contents of the cyst and immediately following the application of the current the contents (or some of the contents) may be able to be excised from the nodule. This, however, is not always the case and apart from generalized erythema (redness) the nodule may not look any different initially following treatment. Over the next week or so the nodule should reduce in size, irrespective of whether contents are expelled. Further treatment will almost certainly be required and no guarantees offered, however positive feedback is forthcoming from those treated by the use of electrolysis.

‌Sebaceous hyperplasia on face

‌Sebaceous hyperplasia

Sebaceous hyperplasia is a skin condition that becomes more common with age. It’s caused when your sebaceous oil glands produce too much oil, which can be trapped under your skin and cause bumps

These bumps are harmless and often appear on the forehead and cheeks. However, sebaceous glands exist all over the body, so bumps can form almost anywhere. They are more common in adults, but they can show up at any age.

Here at Kolaine beauty lounge we can treat hyperplasia with a small amount of advanced electrolysis current which causes the blemish to scab and come away over a couple of weeks There is minimal down time with this treatment and you can usually carry on your usual daily activities straight after

Milia Removal

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Skin Tag Removal

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Blood Spot Removal

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Seborrhoeic keratosis

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