Advanced electrocautery has been used for over 100 years as an effective means of permanent hair removal & treatment for skin lesions. It comes with the advantage of being able to target very specific parts of the body and can be used to get remove or reduce skin lesions & skin conditions such as skin tags, moles, verrucas, blood spots, birth marks, seborrheic keratosis, facial thread veins and skin warts. Skin imperfections can cause people to feel very self-conscious, but can usually be removed quickly & easily.
Moira Grobicki is a Registered Nurse and Independent Prescriber. She has Advanced Electrocautery training from the Sterex Training Academy. Prior to working in Aesthetics Moira worked for 37 years in the NHS, 16 years of which included treatment of skin lesions with Cryotherapy. Both Advanced Electrocautery and Cryotherapy can be used to treat most skin lesions
Skin tags often appear on the body in areas of friction, such as under the arms, around the neck and around the groin. Whilst they don’t post any harm, they can be unsightly and catch on clothing. Advanced electrocautery can effectively remove skin tags with little discomfort.
A viral infection in the skin causes warts and can appear anywhere on the body. Electrocautery treatment is an effective way to remove warts from the skin.
Moles are a very common skin condition in people of any age. Whilst they’re not usually harmful, they may be unsightly if they’re in prominent places such as the face. Advanced Electrocautery can remove/shrink moles very effectively.
Electrocautery treatment can effectively treat Verrucas. They appear on the feet and can be uncomfortable; they may spread via communal showers such as those found in gyms or swimming pools.
Blood spots (Campbell de Morgan spots /cherry angiomas)
Electrocautery can effectively treat blood spots. Blood spots are red, vascular blemishes that can occur at any age but are much more common in men than women.
Age spots occur because of an accumulation of lipofuscin due to ageing. Electrolysis can remove age spots quickly and effectively in men and women of all ages.
Milia are hard, white keratin bumps that vary in size often seen around the eyes and cheeks. Electrocautery is effective at treating milia without leaving any marks behind.
These bumps are the result of damage, which leads to overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous gland. The damaged sebaceous glands can become enlarged or blocked. This turns them into bumps that may be soft or hard, with a white or yellow surface. They respond very well to electrocautery.
Seborrheic keratosis is one of the most common noncancerous skin growths in older adults. A seborrheic keratosis usually appears as a brown, black or light tan growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back. The growth has a waxy, scaly, slightly raised appearance & responds well to electrocautery.
Cysts can vary in size and can be due to a range of problems. Electrocautery can treat cysts that develop due to sebum build under the skin. Smaller cysts can be treated successfully using electrocautery treatment to dry up the cyst’s contents.
Syringomas are small, flesh-coloured bumps commonly appearing around the eyelids and upper cheeks. Electrocautery can reduce the size of the bumps without leaving any marks behind.
Facial Thread Veins (Spider Naevi and Telangiectasia)
Spider Naevi and Telangiectasia are dilated blood vessels that cause the appearance of redness on the skin. They often appear on the cheeks or over the face. Electrocautery can treat them effectively without damaging the skin.
Scars are difficult to treat and whilst electrolysis cannot change the shape or colour of a scar, it can sometimes smooth out the skin and remove the raised appearance of scars.
How do Electrolysis and Electrocautery work?
Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal process that works by treating the base of the hair follicle with a tiny amount of electricity and therefore eliminating its ability to grow new hair. A tiny needle is inserted into the hair follicle and the current is applied.
Electrocautery also generates energy to heat & shrink various skin lesions or conditions.
Is Advanced Electrocautery Painful?
Depending on your electrocautery treatment, you may not need any anaesthetic, but we can use topical or an injectable treatment to provide you with an experience that’s comfortable and with minimum pain.
Can Electrocautery treat skin imperfections on any part of the body?
Yes. The only exceptions to this are the nostrils and inner ears.
Is Advanced Electrocautery only for women?
No. Many men seek cosmetic treatments to improve their appearance and boost self-confidence.
How many treatments will I need?
This will vary from one patient to the next and also depends on the reason for your treatment.
The number of treatments you need depends on the problem.
A single skin tag is easy to remove in one treatment
However, some problems, such as warts and thread veins, require a course of treatment and can recur at a later date.
What are the side effects?
Side effects of electrocautery are usually minimal to some crusting and redness around the treated areas for a few days. An area may remain pink for a few weeks after treatment.