Common but harmless blemishes found on the face, neck and torso.
These are examples of blemishes that can be safely and gently treated and removed in clinic.
Skin Tags (Fibro Epithelial Polyps)
Skin Tags are simply an overgrowth of skin cells. They are really common and are usually found on areas of the body that ‘rub’ such as necklines, underarms and under the breasts. They are also exceptionally common around the eyes. Skin tags have a loose area of excess skin attached with a stalk and can vary greatly in size from pinhead to broad bean.
Xanthoma (Xanthelasma Palpebra)
These are also very common and easily treated. They are deposits of fatty material just under the surface of the eyelids. They can look like ‘rice crispies’ just under the skin and although the exact cause is unknown they are sometimes associated with higher levels of cholesterol.
These are super-common and the only type of wart that is non contagious. They are a symptom of just getting older, long term sun exposure and can be hereditary. They are found on the temples, sides of face and upper body. They can vary in colour from pale yellow to a very dark brown and resemble a ‘bran flake’ that has been stuck to the skin.
These are tiny hard keritinised ‘pearls’ which sit just under the surface of the skin. They vary in size from a tiny grain of sand to garden pea. The exact cause is unknown but rich creams, too much Vitamin C and high cholesterol have all been apportioned blame. Some people are quite prone to them and visit every few months to keep them under control.They may need more than one treatment to eradicate them.
These are little flesh coloured ‘bumps’ usually found around the lower eyelids and upper cheeks. They can have a yellowish appearance and as they heal after treatment they visibly reduce in size.
The nose pictures are before treatment & 3/4 weeks after treatment, still a week or so healing to go. Warts are small, contagious growths caused by a strain of the human papilloma virus. There are various types of warts, including plane warts and common warts. Very commonly found on the hands and fingers of both children and adults. They often need more than one treatment to eradicate them completely.
This blemish is a plug of sebum contained in a sebaceous sac under the skin that is blocked by an overgrowth of the surface epidermis. They vary in size dramatically and areas they appear most commonly are the face, chest, scalp and back. They frequently need a few treatments to empty them completely
Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra
This is a common skin disorder which develops during adolescence on skin of colour. The papules are smooth, dome shaped, brown to black and seen mainly on the cheeks, neck and upper chest. The actor Morgan Freeman, displays his with pride.
This is a very specialised treatment to reduce the size and appearance of visible moles.
Your appointment includes very full assessment of the area, pre-treatment photography and aftercare
Please see our dedicated page for more information – Mole Information Page
Why have I got these blemishes?
Over the years we have dealt with hundreds of clients including ultra-healthy, non-smoking, teetotal with absolutely no health complaints and yet it’s still a very rare person who doesn’t have at least one of these blemishes. What we would say is that we don’t expect you to live in a bubble, but there is a list of reasons that we do know helps them along:
Ageing, Alcohol, Air Conditioning, Allergies, Birth Marks, Central Heating, Childbirth, Circulatory Disorders, Constipation, Diabetes, Diet, Exfoliation, Fragile Skin, Health Problems, Hereditary, Hormones, High/Low Blood Pressure, Medication, No Reason at All, Physical Trauma, Pregnancy, Respiratory Conditions, Rosacea, Scar Tissue, Sensitivity, Spectacle Wearing, Smoking, Sports, Squeezing Skin, Temperature Extremes,
UV Light, X Rays.
So … life then!
How much can you do in a session?
This is very much dependent on the severity of the problem. It is also dependent on the location of the blemish(es) sensitivity & reaction of the skin. We always try to get a happy medium between complete everything in one sitting & never treating to the detriment of the skin. The most commonly asked for appointment is 30 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Well, it’s not a pampering facial treatment, but it’s also not the worst thing ever. Clients tend to describe it as ‘hot pinpricks’ The majority of clients are absolutely fine but for the very nervous, a little drop of numbing cream helps & can be used if appropriate. Please ask for details.
I have lots of broken facial veins, what will I look like afterwards?
Your face may feel hot & ‘windburnt’ The area treated will be slightly swollen & flushed. Our cooling aftercare gel helps with this.
Will I need repeat appointments?
Very possibly. If for instance you have dozens of sebaceous keratosi over the torso it is simply not possible (or client/skin friendly!) to remove them all in one sitting. In this case we simply rebook another appointment for you.
Will I need GP permission?
Possibly. If you have a blemish which we are suspicious of then we will recommend you speak to your GP before treatment is started.
I am on medication. Can I have treatment?
This will be covered when you complete your medical questionnaire on your first appointment. Some medications are ‘contra-indicated’ to this treatment but this is rare.
I am diabetic. Can I have treatment?
Unfortunately, insulin dependent diabetic clients will need a letter of approval from either their diabetic nurse or GP before treatment can start.
I am pregnant. Can I have treatment?
Congratulations! We don’t recommend any treatment for the first 3 months of your pregnancy. After that, fibrous blemishes can be removed (neck upwards) but we tend not to treat anything vascular. As the blood volume within the body increases so much during pregnancy broken capillaries (red/thread veins) are incredibly common. But, these usually subside back to normal shortly after the birth.
Will I be left with a scar?
Once healed which for some treatments/individuals can take several weeks, no! But we do require you to follow aftercare instructions.
Can I wear makeup afterwards?
Please don’t for the first 24-48hrs. After that – absolutely! But only pure Mineral Makeup.
What about aftercare?
This is a very important part of your treatment.
Please do not touch the treated area! During the first 24 hours and only if necessary, the area may be gently cleansed. Pat the area dry with paper tissues, do not rub with a towel. Apply any recommended aftercare products as advised. As the area starts to heal, crusting will appear thereby sealing the skin & preventing infection. These crusts must not be picked off, the skin must be kept clean and dry until they fall off in their own time. After showering please gently pat the area dry.
If you have had a fibrous blemish treated or removed, a gauze covering may have been applied. This is to protect the area from clothing and may be removed when you have returned to the comfort of your home.
Please avoid these at all costs until the healing process is complete – sunbeds, saunas, jacuzzis, steam treatments, hot baths, hot showers, facial treatments, makeup, perfumed skin care, glycolic products, fake tan. Avoid restricted clothing over treated body areas.
Please follow your electrologists recommendations for your treatment plan and aftercare.
Over visible areas that have started to heal sunblock should be worn.We stock AlumierMD SPF’s which are physical broad spectrum blocks (no chemicals) If makeup must be worn, we recommend mineral makeup.
I want skin tags over my upper body removed. What should I wear?
A freshly laundered cotton T-shirt will be perfect. Please be aware we may need to lower bra straps to get to some of them.
I’m going into the sun soon afterwards. Can I still have treatment?
Removal of any fibrous blemishes? Yes, as long as you use Broad Spectrum Sunscreen over the treated area. For Vascular blemishes it’s best to wait until you get back.
Do you treat men, women and children?
Men, absolutely. Women, absolutely.
Children – under 16’s can be treated but we need their parent/guardian to sign their paperwork and accompany them throughout their appointments.
Costs and Booking
- Initial consultation with up to 15m of treatment £40
Appropriate for single blemishes
- Initial consultation with up to 30m of treatment £75
Appropriate for multiple blemishes
- Further treatment up to 15m £40
- Further treatment up to 30m £75
- Mole Reduction, consult with treatment for a single mole £75
Mole Reduction, consult with treatment for up to three moles £195