Skin Conditions

Treating skin conditions

Treating skin conditions with electrolysis

At the Electrolysis Centre in Belfast, treating skin conditions with electrolysis is our speciality.

Hair removal
Excess hair can occur on any part of the body and can be successfully removed using Electrolysis. You will have a free consultation with Lynda to discuss the most suitable treatment for you.

Skin tags
Skin tags are small growths of skin, sometimes pigmented and can be found on both men and women in many areas of the body, typically the neck, eyelids, underarms, waist line, bikini and breast area. These are harmless but for some patients may be unsightly and can be easily removed with diathermy.

Thread veins – Telangiectasia
These tend to occur on the face and legs and generally consist of fine visible veins appearing near the surface of the skin. They can increase over time. Leg thread veins are very common, 1 in 5 women find them very embarrassing and distressing. Only fine veins on legs can be successfully treated.

Milia/Whiteheads
Milia appear as pearly white, round lumps, under the skin or raised above and are found on the face. They are easily removed by piercing the surface of the skin or by diathermy and releasing the fatty material inside.

Warts/verrucas
Warts are small, benign growths caused by a viral infection of the skin or mucous membrane. They are contagious from person to person and from one area of the body to another on the same person.

A verruca is a small skin lesion which is commonly found on the bottom surface of the foot. The lesion is usually approximately 2-5mm in diameter. Their appearance is similar to corns but verrucas are more superficial in depth and the surface is covered with black dots that are actually capillaries that feed the verrucae. The colour is usually paler then the usual tone of the skin.

Seborrhoeic keratosis
Also known as Seborrhoeic warts and Basal Cell Papilloma. They occur with age, most people over 50 will have at least one; they increase in size and number with age. They range from being non-pigmented to golden, dark brown and almost black, and have a ‘stuck on’ appearance.

Lentigo
A lentigo (plural: lentigines) is a small pigmented spot on the skin with a clearly-defined edge, surrounded by normal-appearing skin. Lentigines may evolve slowly over years, or they may be eruptive and appear rather suddenly. Pigmentation may be homogeneous or variegated, with a colour ranging from brown to black, and will stay stable in their colour regardless of sunlight exposure.
 
Age spots (solar lentigines)
Age spots – also called liver spots and solar lentigines – are flat grey, brown or black spots. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms — areas most exposed to the sun. Though age spots are very common in adults older than age 40, they can affect younger people as well.

Pigmentation
These are conditions that are caused when there is an excessive or reduced production of the pigment, melanin. This pigment is responsible for the colour of the skin, eye and hair and is also responsible for forming a barrier against the ultraviolet radiation. Skin pigmentation disorders results in the skin appearing blotchy or discoloured, darker or lighter.

Trichiasis
Trichiasis is a common eyelid abnormality in which the eyelashes are misdirected and grow inwards toward the eye. Those inward-turning lashes rub against the cornea, the conjunctiva (the thin, clear membrane covering the sclera, which is the white part of the eye) and the inner surface of the eyelids, irritating the eye.

Syringoma
These are benign tumours of the eccrine sweat glands and look like milia but are softer and more oval whereas milia are usually round. Again they occur from adolescence onwards and usually occur around the eyes.

Sebaceous hyperplasia
This is an overgrowth of, or a blocked sebaceous gland. It occurs from adolescence onwards, most commonly on the face but may appear anywhere, sometimes singly, but also in multiples. It is yellowish or whitish in colour with a central umbilication (a dip where the pore is) and tiny capillaries may be visible. It may be mistaken for milia.  

Spider naevi
These are small, bright red, faintly pulsating lesions (raised blood spots) with a number of tiny blood vessels radiating from them to resemble the legs of a spider. The centre is about 1mm in diameter and the whole lesion including the legs is 5-10mm across. They are more common in women. They may develop during pregnancy and also the contraceptive pill can contribute to the condition.15%-20% of healthy adults have one or more spider naevi. Spider naevi most commonly occur on the face, forearms, hands and ears. They blanch when pressure is applied and refill again from the centre outwards when pressure is released.

Moles
The average mole is due to a localised overgrowth of pigment cells and blood vessels. They may be pigmented or non-pigmented and may be present at birth or appear during childhood or early adulthood. They may contain hairs that are strong and dark due to the plentiful supply of both blood and melanin.

Campbell De Morgan (Blood Spots / Cherry Angioma)
Also known as sensile or Cherry Angioma, they have a smooth surface, are Dome shapes and purple or cherry red in colour. Often appearing over a period of several months they have no special significance for general health but often appear after an individual has received general anaesthetic. 
Hair removal
Skin tag removal
thread veins – Telangiectasia
Age spots removed
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